Bermuda Mountain Bike Champion Robin Horsfield will return to the island for his Christmas Break. While on the island Horsefield will host a three-day Mountain Bike Clinic for island youth, sponsored by the Fat Tire Massive Mountain Bike Group.
"It will be great fun to be back on the island and work with the next generation of mountain bikers," says Horsfield. "I'm looking forward to working with my childhood friend and neighbor, Conor White, as we run development camps for the kids. It wasn't too long into my own development that FTM took over the mountain bike program... it is fantastic to be able to give back."
Horsfield's season included multiple citizen-level race wins, mixed results at the Canada Cup level, a category win in a 1000+ participant road race, a Junior Pan Ams finish (16th), and a career-best second overall ranking in the Ontario Cup Mountain Bike Series. "We had targeted the Canadian National Series as the main season goal for this year... two flat tires and rain put a damper on this target early in the season."
Horsfield had a career performance at the Canada Cup in Whistler, BC where he fought back from the very back of the pack after being crashed into twice to regain the group and finish a respectable 16th place. However, his best results were found at the provincial level where he has become a known entity and was able to dictate race pace for the first time in his career.
Coach Mark Brown notes that many of the necessary pieces for Horsfield are coming together. "We have always held a long view - we recently did some 'data mining' and found that Robin has seen massive physiological development in the energy systems specific to mountain bike racing.
This, combined with Robin's continued technical development, resulted in new abilities. Robin has always bought into the concept that excellence comes from surrounding himself with the best possible athletes... a first place means very little if you're not in the right race. That experience, which certainly includes a fair share of losing, is starting to pay off."
Horsfield is targeting an early season start at the Continental Championships to be held in Brazil in late April. This provides Horsfield's only opportunity to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. Bermuda does not have the depth of riders or points required to qualify a mountain bike athlete for the Olympics so Horsfield must be the first athlete across the line of all North American countries who also have no Olympic quota.
"While this year's qualification won't be easy it doesn't take an inordinate amount of imagination to see it happening," says Brown. "It's certainly far easier to imagine than rolling the clock back 10 years to a little race at Fort Scaur and picturing where Robin is on the bike today."
Following his Christmas Break training in Bermuda Horsfield will take to his cross-country skis back in Ontario to hold some form through the winter months.
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Bermuda Cyclist Win More Gold in Championships
Bermuda’s cyclists captured two more Gold Medals at the Caribbean Junior Championships in the Dominican Republic.
As they did the day before Annabelle Miller and Charlotte Millington stood on top of the podium following their races.
Millington won the Girl's Gold Medal in the Pre-Junior Road Race after clocking a time of 2:03:47, with Melaika Russell from Jamaica finishing 2 with a time of 2:04:11.
Miller won the Girl's Gold Medal in the Junior Female Road Race stopping the clock in 2:04:11, Jamaica’s Channelle Russell was second with a time of 2:09:30, and Rosselle Ogano from the Dominican Republic finished third clocking 2:15:02.
Unfortunately, Cameron Morris, and Thomas Quarterly Did Not Finish the Junior Boy’s Road Race.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Bermuda Win Two Gold Medals on Championship Day 1
Bermuda Female Juniors Annabelle Miller and Charlotte Millington won Gold Medals on Day One of the Junior Caribbean Road Cycling Championships in the Dominican Republic.
Millington, won the Girl's Gold Medal in the Pre-Junior Time Trial, while Miller claimed the Girl's Gold Medal in the Junior Female Time-Trial title.
Millington would clock a time of 16:11 to claim the title, with Melaika Russell from Jamaica claiming the Silver Medal with a time of 16:35.
Miller was clocked at 15:51, Channelle Russell from Jamaica finished second with a time of 16:55, while Rosselle Ogando from the Dominican Republic was third clocking 18:55.
Competing in the Boy’s Pre-Junior Time Trial, Cameron Morris clocked a time of 30:31, finishing 4th, while Thomas Quartely finished 5th with a time of 36:27.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Bermuda Junior's To Compete in Caribbean Championships
The Bermuda Bicycle Association announced the athletes selected for this year’s Junior Caribbean Road Cycling Championships.
This year’s Bermuda Junior National Cycling team consists of Annabelle Miller, Charlotte Millington, Moses Johnson, Cameron Morris, and Thomas Quarterly. The team headed to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, ahead of the Regional Championships being held on Wednesday, November 23rd, and Thursday, November 24th, 2022.
Debbie Titterton Narraway, Bermuda Bicycling Association Executive Committee Member said, “Morris and Quarterly will look to better past performances at this championships, while Miller, Millington, and Johnson are making their debuts in this significant competition. Bermuda has an illustrious history at the Caribbean Cycling Championships, which have proven to be an essential stepping stone for Bermuda’s stars, including Dominique Mayho, Kaden Hopkins, and Nicholas Narraway.
We wish all riders a safe and successful event, for some, this may be achieving a podium finish; for others, it is about bettering past results or gaining experience outside of Bermuda so that they can continue to develop and set new cycling goals.”
Led by managers Dave Collins and Chequan Richardson, the 5-strong team will take on the best cyclists aged 15-18 in the Caribbean in the Individual Time Trial and Road Race.
The competition begins Wednesday with the Individual Time Trial, 10 kilometers for the Women and 20 kilometers for the Men. The next day the ladies will compete over a 60-kilometer course while the men will have a daunting 90 kilometers to tackle.
Sunday, November 20, 2022
Mountain Bike 2022 Season Opener Round-Up
The 2022/23 Fat Tire Massive Mountain Bike Season got underway on the Grounds of Government House.
Conor White won the Open Male 60-minute race, White would take the lead after the first lap from Dominique Mahyo and he would power his way to victory clocking a time of 1:00:31.191 completing 19 laps, Kavin Smith finished second one lap down with a time of 1:02:12.893, and Alan Potts was third having completed 17 laps clocking 1:00:33.418.
Caitlin Conyers won the Open Female 60-Minute Race, she completed 14 laps in a time of 1:03:03.231, Jennifer Wilson was a lap down in second place with a time of 1:02:40.460, and Jennifer Lightbourne completed 12 laps finishing third with a time of 1:04:14.989.
The Male Open 30 Minute race was won by Dominic Smith who completed 8 laps in a time of 33:41.581, Peter Dunne was second in 30:47.911 having completed 7 laps, and Daniel Ringer was third with a time of 31:07.329.
The Female Open 30 Minutes Race was won by Zina Jones who clocked a 6-lap time of 30:36.965, Rebecca May was second with a time of 31:35.629, and Florence Pedro completed 5 laps finishing in 3rd with a time of 36:29.506.