|PSLís Alexander and Campbell sparkle on opening night |
Saturday, August 12 2017
Adam Alexander of Team Foundation and Teniel Campbell, representing PSL Cycling Club, shined on Thursdayís opening night of the 2017 National Elite & U-23 Track Cycling Championships, currently taking place at the National Cycling Centre, Couva.
The womenís scratch had a promising field of young females making their debut, however, the experienced Campbell held off her competitors to claim gold in the Womenís 10Km Scratch Race (40 laps).
Heat Wave Cycling Clubís Costa sisters, Jessica and Alexi, secured the silver and bronze, respectively, in the event.
In the Menís 15Km Scratch (60 laps), Alexander opened a lead, in lap 30, over the rest of the field and never looked back as he pedaled to gold.
PSL riders Jovian Gomez and Akiel Campbell took silver and bronze in the category, respectively, where Campbell copped the U-23 Gold medal in the event.
Junior cyclist, Tyler Cole (Team DPS), was unable to claim a medal due to being a junior cyclist at the event, however, that did not stop the young rider from leaping out of the bunch and linking up with Gomez where they worked together to lap the main field and applied some pressure on Alexander. PSLís Campbell and Varun Maharajh tried valiantly throughout to also take a lap on the field but Alexander ensured that the two remained in no manís land and a half a lap down.
The Womenís Team Sprint also pedaled off on Thursday night where Kollyn St. George and Dominique Lovell of Breakaway Cycling Club rode away with the gold medal in a time of 38.21 seconds.
They were closely followed by Team DPS cyclist Tamiko Butler and her partner Alexandra Bovell (Unattached) with their time of 39.38 seconds.
Jessica and Alexi joined forces for the team sprint as the Costa sisters copped the bronze medal in a time of 42.29 seconds.
They also took part in TT ís first ever Womenís Team Pursuit at a national event as they were accompanied by Christiane Farah and Bovell, setting a new national record with a time of 5:24.93 seconds.
Last night, the Men and Women Keirin events were contested along with the Points race events.
Cycling action continues today, starting at 11am and 5pm.
Admission is free to the public during the morning session and costs TT $20 for the evening session.