Maharajh, Phillip, Bramble primed for Canada ‘Challenge’
Kern De Freitas
While Varun Maharajh and Njisane Phillip are hunting valuable points towards World Cup qualifying at Canada’s International Track Challenge in Bromont, Quebec starting today, another young Trinidad and Tobago cyclist will be making his debut at the event.
Keron Bramble and Phillip will take to the track for the sprint events on the National Cycling Centre track tomorrow, a day after Maharajh pedals off in the omnium, which starts today.
Maharajh will compete in the first three omnium events, before completing the final three the next day.
Phillip and Bramble, meanwhile, will compete in the sprints tomorrow, then take on the keirin on Saturday.
Bramble, a teenage rider with Rig Tech Sonics, is eager to get on the track for his first international assignment.
“This is my first international track meet and I’m excited to see what I can do against seasoned professionals,” he said yesterday.
Maharajh, meanwhile, is sensing the possibility of qualifying for the World Cup, and points over the two days will be invaluable to his quest.
“So far I’m very pleased, and I am growing confident every day that I will qualify. The meet at Bromont I believe is very important to ensure my qualification in the Omnium event for this year’s World Cup,” he stated.
Phillip, meanwhile, is hoping to improve his 2013 showings in this event.
“(I’m) not fully pleased with my results earlier in the season, however I believe my form is slowly coming back just in the right time,” the T&T Olympian revealed, while adding that he was happy with the performance of the other T&T cyclists.
“… (It’s) the first time that we have an endurance cyclist qualifying through such a difficult qualification process. Additionally, I am happy that (fellow T&T sprinter) Kwesi Browne is doing so well in the Elite category and it shows that our cycling has improved so much in the last few years.”
The T&T riders also have Gary Acosta with them in Canada as team manager, while Gregory D’Andrade is coach.