Elcock shines at velodrome
THE SHIFT from the road to the track hasn’t accounted for a change in junior cycling.
Russell Elcock is still very much the class of the field.
Barbados’ national time trial and road race champ added a track title to his long list of accolades, winning the individual pursuit during day two of the National Championships at the Randolph Fields Velodrome on Saturday.
It was the highlight performance of Team G4S Swift’s impressive showing on the championships’ second day, where their young brigade shone with three overall victories.
Liam Lovell continued his stunning debut season by capturing the sprint in the tinymite division before teammate Brandon Wilkie emerged victorious out of a competitive juvenile field in the individual pursuit.
Wilkie finished in a time of four minutes, 12.85 seconds, beating out rivals Kristin Vanderpool (4:37.23) of Fugen and A-Class Battery Golden Wheelers’ Chad Browne (4:45.36).
But it was Elcock (3:57.54) who was the standout performer in upending Accessory MS Online’s (AMOL) in-form Javed Mounter in race No. 30.
Mounter had previously resumed his fine showing at the championships, winning the 200 metres earlier in the day after capturing the keirin and the kilometre on the opening night.
In the absence of Crystal Springer, Deidre Mayers (Velo Caribe) also continued her dominance of the meet, adding the women’s sprint and the individual pursuit to the 200 and 500 metre titles she won on day one.
Shane Weekes, also a champion of two races from the opening night, took the seniors’ individual pursuit for A-Class Golden Wheelers in 5:44.25 ahead of AMOL’s Kevin Bishop (6:57.61).
The championships were slated to conclude last night. (JM)