WALTER ALIBEY

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Cyclists Quincy Alexander, Njisane Phillip and Keron Bramble have made strong claims for national selection ahead of the coming Elite Pan American Championships in Peru in April.

They were among a large field of riders who competed at the T&T Cycling Federation’s Assessment Session at the National Cycling Centre in Balmain, Couva, on Thursday and Friday last week and all three expectedly produced competitive times over the two days of competition.

Phillip, a semifinalist at the 2012 Olympics in London, England, in the match sprint, produced a blistering 10.449 seconds drive in the flying 200 metres to hold off his third-place colleague Bramble (10,541) in the event, both representing Rigtech Sonics.

However, it was Alexander, the Team DPS rider, who produced the fastest time in the flying 200 metres event, a lightning-quick time of 10.406 seconds, which would have earned him the number one choice for selection on the national team.

Bramble was far from finish though and he returned to the track for the standing 250 metres event, where he led a one-two finish for the Sonics with Under-23 rider Zion Pulido in a time of 18,350.

The latter (Pulido) stormed home in (18.756) while Michael Ackee, the U-23 rider from Evolution Academy, clocked 19.362 and D’Angelo Harris (Rigtech Sonics) 19.910.

Racing secretary Rowena Williams, who is a contender for the position of president at the coming T&TCF Annual General Meeting and Election of Officers on February 27, said she was satisfied with the performances of the riders at the two assessment events, as they showed significant improvements.

“The cyclists did pretty well. We saw improvements from time to time which will serve well ahead of the coming events, but with the Elite Pan Am and the Junior Worlds in April, we are still unsure if these events will take place because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have to submit our budget to the Sport Company of T&T some eight weeks in advance of the meets,” Williams said.

At Friday’s flying 200 metres for ladies, it was Madonna’s Pheobe Sandy (13.223) in her second attempt and Makayla Hernandez (13.861), in her first attempt, who took the top positions based on times.

Among the junior riders, the Arima Wheelers pair of Ryan D’Abreau (11.375) in his second effort and Devante Lawrence (11.682) who assured themselves places on the T&T team for the Junior Worlds in Egypt in April.

Meanwhile, in the Individual Pursuit, Akil Campbell reassured his place on the T&T team with a ride (4:42.837) that was beyond the performances of his competitors, Maurice Burnette (5:26.520) and Tariq Woods (5:03.915).