Teniel Campbell returned to local cycling to claim the national championship title for Elite Women when the National Time trial Championships took place on Saturday.
The lanky rider who represents Team Bike Exchange – Jayco in Australia, performed with credit to lead her team to victory in the Internationale Lotto Thüringen Ladies Tour in Germany in May. The event was in fact, Campbell’s first competitive race since a crash during an event in Belgium in March.
But yesterday she returned to full fitness and form for the 4 23.2-kilometre race, sprinting past the finish line ahead of Kanika Paul and third Kezia Roberts, the PSL rider who was not among the riders on the starting list when it started at 7 am.
Earlier, Roberts pedalled his way to the silverware in the Women’s Under-23 division, having to contest a similar distance.
Meanwhile, Tariq Woods had an excellent day on his bike yesterday morning. The Evolution Cycling Academy rider pedalled away with the men’s u-23 title, getting the better of Woods. But he later showed tremendous promise in the elite category as he finished second to the eventual winner Jason Costelloe.
Woods, the lone rider to represent T&T at the Caribbean Road Race Championships in Guyana in August, could be joined by a few teammates at the end of this weekend.