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Cyclist Palmer makes big move in world ranking

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Cyclist Dahlia Palmer

National cycling champion Dahlia Palmer moved up six places on the newly released Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) track cycling world ranking. UCI is the global sanctioning body for worldwide cycling competition.

Palmer’s current ranking places her 34th worldwide of the 325 cyclists that are rated. Her six-place advance is the biggest jump of any cyclist ranked in the top 100 positions. Palmer has advanced over 100 places since starting her qualifying run towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Jamaican is currently training in Trinidad, where she is preparing for her summer competition campaign.

In June, Palmer will be racing at the United States Festival of Speed in Pennsylvania, where she medalled in 2018. The following month, she joins the Jamaican national team for the Pan American Games in Peru before returning to Jamaica in August to compete in the National Championships. This will be followed by competition at the PanAm Cycling Championships in Bolivia and the six-race UCI Track World Cup series as the final Olympic qualifying events.

Each of these events offers valuable UCI points needed to advance in the world rankings and gain the Olympic qualifying standard, providing the Jamaican with the opportunity to continue her quest to represent the country at the highest level, next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.