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Rodman dominates JCF National Track Champs with four titles

BY GERALD REID
Observer writer

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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Marloe Rodman showed his class as he captured four individual titles to retain his national men's title at the 2017 Jamaica Cycling Federation's (JCF) two-day National Track Championships that ended the National Stadium Velodrome on Sunday.

The Jamaica national champion rider was one victory away from a clean sweep when persistent showers throughout the final day (Sunday) caused a postponement of the feature event, the Omnium Points race.

It consists of four events: scratch, tempo, elimination and points. The race should have been a 10-kilometre event for the scratch and Tempo, 25km for the points (30 laps), while the elimination race is determined by the number of riders in the race.

“I am feeling quite good and glad to have retained my national title. It may look easy, but no race is that easy. The toughest race was in the scratch where I had to put out more effort,” Rodman said.

He said he was looking forward to win the Omnium Points race scheduled for this Saturday that was postponed due to heavy showers.

“I need to win the Omnium Points race in order to accumulate points to qualify for this year's World Track Championships.

National coach Carlton Simmonds said the local cycling federation will try to complete the final event this Saturday at he National Stadium Velodrome.

“Rodman needs to win the Omnium Points race (30 laps) in order to have a chance of qualifying for this year's World Cup Cycling Championships,” Simmonds said.

He said under the International Cycling Union (ICU), if there is any natural disaster that prevents a race to be staged, another date should be scheduled for its completion.

Rodman won two of his four races on Saturday quite easily over his opponents, and he would have made a clean sweep if the afternoon showers did not force a postponement of the Senior Omnium Points race.

He first captured the Elite Men's 1000 metres (two laps) race in a time of one minute, 12.06 seconds ahead of Daniel Palmer from Blissett Cycling Club of Kingston in 1:18.42 minutes, and Andrew Ramsay from Endurance Cycling Club from Portmore in 1:23.86 minutes.

His second win came in the Elite Scratch Men's race over 30 laps in fine style, lapping the other six riders twice. Second was Ramsay from Endurance Cycling Club, and third place went to Tyrone Edwards, also from Endurance Cycling Club.

Sunday's second and final day of the championships saw Rodman winning the Senior Elite Match Sprint for men from Daniel Palmer and Romeo Hill. Rodman defeated Palmer 2-1 in the final after they were locked at 1-1.

The Jamaican champion returned to win the Keirin final involving the top six qualifiers from the Flying 200 metres for all riders, including Juniors and Women.

Rodman registered the fastest time on Saturday, ahead of the final on Sunday, and the event included Daniel Palmer, Romeo Hill, Kamar Holness, Tyrone Edwards, and lone female Dahlia Palmer.

The cyclists were piloted by a bike for three laps before they were sent on their way, with Rodman showing his class once more to win convincingly.

Dahlia Palmer finished second with Tyrone Edwards in third position.

Rodman represents PSL Cycling Club of Trinidad and Tobago when he is overseas competing in international or club competitions.

Brandon Reid captured the Juniors Match Sprint title ahead of Dahlia Palmer and Thomas Thompson.

Meanwhile on Saturday, Reid, from Endurance Cycling Club won the Juniors 500 metres (one lap) Time Trial event in 38.89 seconds ahead of Thomas Thompson from Portland in 42.17 seconds, and Malique Reid from Endurance in 43.99 seconds.

Palmer was the lone female competitor participating in the championships and won the 500 metres (one lap) Time Trial in 37.85 seconds. She is currently based in Trinidad and Tobago where she represents DPS Cycling Club.

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