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Victory on wheels

Victory on wheels

Ahmed Madan, Bahrain’s young cycling prodigy, is once again home to celebrate Ramadan with his family and friends…but this time as the Asian champion, writes…

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Ahmed Madan, Bahrain’s young cycling prodigy, is once again home to celebrate Ramadan with his family and friends…but this time as the Asian champion, writes Abu George.

Wearing Bahrain’s colours with pride in Tajikistan, he raced in the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Asian U23 (Individual Time Trial) championship taking on 17 representatives from other countries over a 24km individual time trial.

Humbly, Madan, 21, admits that the course suited him, starting with a steady climb and an escalated incline towards the end, followed by a rolling downhill. A short-sharp climb was ‘very much to his liking’; considerably easier than the work he had been doing in Andorra and Spain. He thrived on the downhill finishing before the crowds in the capital Dushanbe.

Starting fourth on the ramp with riders released one minute apart, it was not long before Madan caught up with those ahead of him in the first climb. Though it is a race against the clock, he was soon leading from the front, quite literally.

With no more riders ahead of him, the Bahrain national champion was forced to focus on his own race and manage his outputs. It is testimony to his growing skills and maturity that he set a time that no one would get close to. He finished an incredible 37 seconds ahead of the clearly disgruntled pre-race favourite from Uzbekistan and one minute 40 seconds ahead of third place. Indeed, his time would have placed him second overall in the Elite category the following day.

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