After a lengthy hiatus from national duty owing to the covid19 pandemic, European-based women’s pro cyclist Teniel Campbell suits up in the red, white and black, on Thursday, at the International Cycling Union (UCI) Road World Championships in Imola, Italy.
For a third consecutive time, Campbell lines up in the Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial (31.7km) as TT’s lone representative.
The talented road cyclist turns 23 on Wednesday and is also expected to contest the grueling Women Elite Road Race (143km) on Saturday.
Campbell recently made her competitive debut at the famed Giro Rosa in Italy in mid-September and is intent on grinding out an improved performance at the Road World Championships.
The Points Classification and Overall winner at the 2019 Kreiz Breizh Elites Dames in France was elated to return to national duty and shared her thoughts by posting to her Facebook page on Tuesday.
She also extended her gratitude to her European coaches who have been working with her over the past couple months on the Italian pro circuit. Draped in a TT national flag, Campbell posted, “It is almost time to suit up in the red, white and black which always brings me great pride and honor. I have prepared to the best of my abilities with @davidearz and @coachbee26 to be in my best form for this World Championships.
“I extend my gratitude for the support from the Elite High Performance Unit, Sport Company of TT, Ministry of Sport and Community Development, TT Cycling Federation. And also to my professional team @valcarts (Valcar Travel & Service) who will be supporting me here.
“Body – Mind – Spirit. I can only believe and hope that these three elements synchronize on race day.
“Would the third time be the lucky charm?” The Championships was originally planned to be held in the Aigle and Martigny area in Switzerland, but this was cancelled on August 12 in response to the ongoing response to the pandemic.
No Under-23 or junior races will be contested at the Championships; however, Under-23 riders will be eligible to compete in the elite races.