Superb Rodman overcomes steep Sligoville terrain in Trial Trial
National cyclist Marloe Rodman was in superb form, virtually miles ahead of the rest, as he superbly rode to what seemed an effortless win in the inaugural Sligoville Time Trial Challenge in St Catherine, covering the course in 25 minutes and 58:51 seconds.
Vying to represent the country at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rodman made light work of the hilly terrain and local rivals on Sunday, as he showed readiness for those challenges ahead.
"The race was good; I tried to have control coming up. Going uphill is always hard so you just have, to do your best. I did my best and feel happy with the win," Rodman told The Gleaner.
The race/route distance spanned 8.7 kilometres, from the base of the Sligoville main road and climaxed at the top of the hill, adjacent to the Sligoville Multi-purpose Sports Complex.
Rodman and a number of the other riders were racing that route for the first time, but the compact field of 27 put in impressive performances and were up to the task.
happy with performance
Female participation was limi-ted to triathlete Ina Daley, who was happy with her performance.
"First time doing it, it was very challenging, and probably is one of the hardest climbs in Jamaica. But I made sure I raced in my limit and finished strong," she said.
Previously, she finished third in the Jakes Off Road Triathlon and placed first in the female section at the Kingston City 10K.
Junior winner, AndrÈ Jackson, noted that he was not fully fit.
"I feel really good to finish on top as I had a little injury. I could have done a little better if I was fully fit," he noted.