The Commonwealth of Dominica has participated in the Caribbean Cycling Championships and the Pan American Cycling Championships which were held in the Dominican Republic from August 12th to 15th 2021.
President of the Dominica Cycling Association, Mr. Ronald Charles, stated, “Kudos to Levi and Kohath Baron for participating in these events. It was a big eye opener.” Kohath Baron participated in the under-23 Caribbean Cycling Championships and under-23 Pan American Cycling Championships while senior cyclist Levi Baron participated solely in the elite category of the Caribbean Cycling Championships.
In the Caribbean Cycling Championships, Grenada emerged victorious in the under-23 male category, while in the women’s under-23 category Barbados sealed the victory. In the elite male category, Barbados won the title while in the elite women’s category the host country, Dominican Republic was victorious.
Furthermore, in the Pan American Cycling Championships, Columbia dominated both the under-23 male and female competitions as well as the elite male category. However, the elite women’s category went to Chilli.
Mr. Charles expressed, “After experiencing the races, one would realize that we have some work to do in Dominica and some work to do in the region.” He believes that it is imperative that the young cyclists get the required coaching and training so that they may compete at these levels.
One of Dominica’s youngest cyclists, Mr. Kohath Baron, stated, “My trip to the Dominican Republic was a success although I did not place in the positions that I wanted too.” The eighteen year-old cyclist thanked the Dominica Olympic Committee and the Dominica Cycling Association for all arrangements made for these competitions.
Senior cyclist, Mr. Levi Baron stated that being part of such a fast-paced race with so many people was indeed a good experience. He called on the younger cyclists to give a greater effort and to show more interest in the sport.
Despite the overall results, both cyclists have noted that this has been not only a golden experience but most importantly, a learning experience.