Cyclist Dominique Mayho may have called an end to his international aspirations but in the Winners Edge Road Race he clearly showed that he is still the man to beat on local roads after outsprinting Hot Tubes rider Matthew Oliviera in the A Category race, in the Bermuda Bicycle Associations season opener.
In tough windy conditions the race started and finished on Kindley Field Road and took the riders west on North Shore Road to Barkers Hill roundabout and back for three punishing laps for a total of 46 miles.
The last time on the Causeway Oliviera attacked Mayho but in the strong tailwind the experience of Mayho played a part as he jumped on the younger riderís wheel and sat in his draft until the finishing line came into site, when he made his move and powered to the front taking a well-deserved victory with a time of 1:52:14.2, with Oliviera was clocked at 1:52:14.6. Kaden Hopkins still riding strongly came across the line third clocking 1:57:24.3.
The biggest field of the day was the B Category, with 27 riders on the start line for their 35 mile race.
Winners Edge rider Simon Hanrahan was also able to hold off a strong challenge from Tokioís Garth Fleming recording a winning time of 1:32:15.2, while Fleming was clocked at 1:32:15.5, Bicycle Workís Clifford Roberts, finished third stopping the clock in a time of 1:32:15.6.
In the C Category race covered a distance of 24 miles, there was a crash that affected over half of the riders with Paul Claude and former three time May 24th Road Race winner Wayne Scott both going down extremely hard, both later being taken to hospital by ambulance.
Michael Thomas emerged as the winner with a time of 1:07:00.05 representing Winners Edge, Independent rider Rhys Pearce was second in 1:07:00.07 and Winners Edge rider Jermaine Postlethwaite was third in 1:07:01.6.
An impressive solo performance would define the Womenís race, which saw a good turn-out for the 24.8 mile race, Bicycle Works team mates Caitlin Conyers rode to victory with a time of 1:08:23.1, Jamie-Lee Wright also from Bicycle Works was second in 1:12:38.8 and Lindsay Palmer finished third in a time of 1:15:56.0.
In the Junior A race Blake Oliviera was in a class of his own, riding off from the start of the 13.5 mile race, finishing uncontested with a time of 44:27.8, he was ahead of Manning Smith who clocked 53:08.2 and Daniel Ringer was third clocking 56:38.2.
It was a totally different scenario in the Junior B, 4.5 mile race which would see Rory Fleming outsprint Gordon Smith by less than a second with Amber Gibbons third.
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