The Dominica Cycling Association has encouraged the youth and women to take up the sport of cycling.
Many opportunities are opened for both of these demographics in cycling, President of the cycling association Ronald Charles said while speaking at a press conference where the ten member team for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Cycling Championships was revealed.
“We’re going to definitely push our youth group and our women…we have to start developing that we have it as our year plan.”
Charles explained that in order to access assistance from the Union Cyclists International (UCI), of which the local association is a member, a mandatory criterion of having a youth and female arm of the association must be met.
“Women and the youth are the groups of persons they are interested in.”
Minister for Tourism and Culture, Senator Robert Tonge also added his voice encouraging young persons to join the cycling association.
“You don’t have to have the perfect bicycle but you can start somewhere because all of the guys in here they did not start on the perfect bicycles. Start somewhere small and grow yourself up until you get to the top.”
Nothing is impossible unless you do not try, Senator Tonge said adding, “You have to try.”
The ten-member cycling team which will represent Dominica in the OECS Cycling Championship is Chester Letang, Levi Baron Sr., Bram Sanderson, Hayden Mills, Koath Baron, Kevon Boyd, Ronald Charles, Eddison Roudette, Benjamin Daniel and Enoch Telemacque.
The championship, scheduled for 1 July 2018, will begin from Ma Boyd’s Bar on Goodwill Road to Portsmouth and back with cyclists having to rider just over 50 miles.