THE 2017 edition of the Elite and Under-23 National Track Cycling Championships was deemed successful by the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation (TTCF) as the country witnessed some of the highest level of racing experienced on local soil.
With the nation gearing up towards hosing the highly anticipated Elite Pan American Track Championships in two weeks time, the recent results and athletes' form can only mean positive things moving forward.
In a recent interview with Newsday, Racing Director at TTCF, Gary Acosta, stated, "The competition ran smoothly and the level of competition was outstanding as the athletes' times showed they are really ready for the upcoming Elite Pan Ams."
According to the TTCF, the official national team of cyclist which will represent the twin-island republic at the Pan Ams, will be selected by Monday.
Since there were not enough teams registered for last Monday evening's Madison race. The tall female PSL cyclist, Teniel Campbell, once again dominated the Women's proceedings on the final day of the National Elite Championships, which concluded on Sunday evening.
Campbell started the last day of activities by setting a new National 3-kilometre Individual Pursuit record with a time of three minutes 55.44 seconds, eclipsing her 2015 record of 3:56.86, which she established at the high altitude track in Chile. Her closest competitor was newly switched track cyclist, Alexandra Bovell (Unattached), who is also sister of famed TT swimmer George Bovell III, in a time of 4:00.84 with Christiane Farah (Breakaway) in third with a solid 4:11.07 pursuit.
Campbell did not stop there though and saved the best for last when she came up against Kollyn St George of Breakaway Cycling Club in the 500-metre Time Trial. With a half lap remaining, St George was comfortably 0.3 seconds ahead. However, when the clocks stopped on both ends, Campbell was adjudged the winner by 0.001 seconds in a time of 36.507 seconds.
Jovian Gomez (PSL) snatched the 4km Individual Pursuit event in a time of 4:52.90, just ahead of teammate Akil Campbell's (PSL) time of 4:53.422. Quincy Alexander shrugged off the pain from his hard fall on Saturday morning in the Sprint Qualifications to set a solid time of 1:05.31. In the process, he captured the 1km Time Trial title with Akil Campbell also placing second in that race and Ako Kellar (Team Foundation) finishing third.