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JCF president buoyed by cycling talent

JCF president buoyed by cycling talent

Dr Wayne Palmer competing at the Jamaica Cycling Federation’s development meet at the National Stadium on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Cyclists are not among the…

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Dr Wayne Palmer competing at the Jamaica Cycling Federation’s development meet at the National Stadium on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Cyclists are not among the most popular sports personalities locally, but Jamaica Cycling Federation (JCF) President Dr Wayne Palmer expects this to change very soon.

Dr Palmer says the local talent pool in the sport has been improving, and they have the potential to do well overseas.

“I think we have a good pool of talent, and we are looking to expand that pool. We are just starting to develop that talent again after the dislocations caused by COVID-19, but those that we have are really good. We are very pleased with the performances of the junior athletes,” Dr Palmer said.

“In the time trials, for example, where we can make comparisons with previous years, we found that the juniors were doing just as well and maybe even better than recent times so we do have a very promising set of juniors.”

Young cyclist Llori Sharpe has been doing well in Europe after becoming the first Jamaican to sign an international deal, and Palmer said if more local cyclists are given that platform, they can perform just as well and improve their skills.

“We have always had the talent and have a set of local cyclists that given the opportunity, can develop and perform well overseas. The key with performing well on the international scene is the exposure to consistent racing, training, and equipment and also the coaching dynamics that takes place in that […]

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