After www.islandstats.com brought you daily coverage of the Bermuda Cyclist competing in the 2021 Elite Caribbean Cycling Championships and the Pan American Road Race Championships, Peter Dunne President of the Bermuda Bicycle Association has released a summary of the Bermuda athletes.
“What an exciting time for our elite cycling team! Caitlin Conyers, Kaden Hopkins, Nic Narraway, and Conor White had what might have been one of our most successful appearances at the Caribbean Cycling Championships as they combined for four medals and dominating the time trials. Conyers and White each won their respective categories (Elite Women and Under 23 Men) in the race against the clock, while first-year Under 23 rider Narraway turned in an exceptional Time Trial effort to take second in this competition. Hopkins raced in the Pan American Under 23 Time Trial and turned in the second-fastest time, just one second behind the race winner. Unfortunately, the race officials disqualified his result for non-compliant equipment. This decision has been appealed by the BBA in the expectation that it will be overturned. These four performances raised the Bermuda profile at the championships and has demonstrated the depth of our athlete development.
Conyers also won a Bronze Medal in the Caribbean Elite Women’s Road Race held the day before while the Men raced to a non-podium but impressive performance.
The final events for our riders were the Pan American Road Races for Women and Under 23 Men. Having already achieved the team and individual goals, each had the opportunity to enjoy this race in pursuit of their goals. Conyers finished in the lead group and in a large sprint finish for the Under 23 Men, Hopkins and White were 10th and 11th, respectively. Unfortunately, Narraway crashed early in the race and did not finish, not seriously injured but certainly bruised.
We had a fantastic support crew in Darren Glasford and Chequan Richardson who keep the athletes fed and mechanically prepared before, during and after the races.
All in all the BBA has definitely arrived as a serious contender at the Pan American level and our athletes are to be commended for their preparation and dedication to their sporting careers. We look forward to more great things ahead! "