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Eastmond to test Elite


Justin Marville

Eastmond to test Elite

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The form that put Jamol Eastmond up on the podium is now taking him down south.
The in-form cyclist gets a chance to pit his streak against the region next week after being named in a Barbados three-member squad travelling to Argentina for the Pan American Elite Cycling Championships.
It’s just the latest development of what has been a sensational season for the talented teen, who won his first two events on the road before narrowly missing out on a third victory due to a mechanical failure.
But his form hasn’t been limited to the road, though, with Eastmond continuing his dominance on the Velodrome with a pair of wins in Wednesday’s track league.
And those dual talents will be tested in Buenos Aires as well, as the 19-year-old is slated to contest the scratch and points races along with the road race.
In spite of Eastmond’s current form, all eyes will be on reigning national time trial and road race champ Darren Matthews to bring home the hardware following last week’s encouraging criterium triumph in Colombia.
He too is expected to compete in events on both the track and the road after being drawn to ride the scratch, omnium and road races.
Deidre Mayers, the team’s lone female participant, will also be entering with a bit of form, having also dominated the local track league.
Coming off wins in the 750 and 2 000 metres, the national record-holder in the 200 metre sprint is expected to contest the 500 metre time trial along with the match sprint.
Matthews’ Colombian coach Absolon Rincon will lead the team while Steven Elcock has been named as the mechanic.
The championships are slated to run from March 1 to 12 in Buenos Aires.

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