Trinidad and Tobago's national cyclists were not having the type of day they would have liked on Saturday's opening day of the 2013 Southern Games, at Guaracara Park in Pointe-a-Pierre, except for Varun Maharajh, who was a bit unlucky in registering three second-place finishes.
To add to his misfortune, Maharajh was knocked out at the quarterfinal stage of the match sprint by Jamaican rival Marloe Rodman, who was also one better in two of Maharajh's three runner-up placings.
On Sunday, however, Maharajh rewrote the script, winning all the events for internationals—apart from the match sprint—to turn the Games into a virtual "Varun Maharajh Show".
He began his assault in the Elimination, where he beat Rodman into second to clinch his first win, and then followed up with another defeat of the Jamaican rider in the 3,000 metres event.
After sitting off the pace in the 3,000, Maharajh drafted in behind Rodman and Zak Kovalcik of the United States on the final lap as his T&T teammate Azikwe Kellar hit the front.
Rodman swept by Kellar, but Maharajh kept the Jamaican in his sights, throwing down the gauntlet on the home straight before snaring his second win.
Another bout of spirited riding would see Maharajh capture top spot in the 5,000m points race, ahead of Englishman Adam Duggleby and Kovalcik. His best, however, was yet to come.
Maharajh conserved energy as Kellar, on lap six, Kovalcik, on laps 10 and 15, and Colombia's Manuel Tunjano, on the penultimate lap, chased and collected the primes on offer in the curtain 10,000m event.
With a host of tired riders in front of him, Maharajh made an early move on the final lap to sweep through the pack and come home unchallenged to a roar of approval from the appreciative patrons. Arima Wheelers rider Kwesi Browne took second, while Justin Roberts of PBS was third.
Rodman ensured that he did not go winless on the day when he recovered from a ride down to defeat American David Espinoza in the match sprint finals.
Canada's Gillian Carlton and Milena Salcedo of Colombia notched two wins apiece in the ladies invitational events, while former outstanding juvenile, now junior, Akil Campbell also had two victories.
Elimination: 1. V Maharajh (T&T) 2. M Rodman (Jamaica) 3. M Tunjano (Colombia)
3,000m: 1. V Maharajh (T&T) 2. M Rodman (Jam) 3. Z Kovalcik (USA)
5,000m: 1. V Maharajh (T&T) 2. A. Duggleby (UK) 3. Z Kovalcik (USA)
Match Sprint: 1. M Rodman (Jam) 2. D Espinoza (USA) 3. S Cossette (Canada)
10,000m: 1. V Maharajh (T&T) 2. K Browne (Arima Wheelers) 3. J Roberts (PBS)
1,500m: 1. M Rodman (Jam) 2. V Maharajh (T&T) 3. Z. Kovalcik (USA)
500m: 1. D Espinoza (USA) 2. S Cossette (Canada) 3. M Rodman (Jam)
4,000m: 1. M Rodman (Jam) 2. V Maharajh (T&T) 3. Z. Kovalcik (USA)
8,000m: 1. Z Kovalcik (USA) 2. V Maharajh (T&T) 3. A Campbell (Sonics)
500m: 1. W McKay (Team Trek) 2. M Codrington (Slipstream) 3. M Phillips (Mike's Bikes)
Elimination: 1. J Eastmond (Heatwave) 2. B Luces (Sonics) 3. K Browne (Arima Wheelers)
1,000m: K Browne (Arima Wheelers) 2. K Bramble (Sonics) 3. Q Alexander
2,000m: 1. K Bramble (Sonics) 2. M Phillips (Mike's Bikes) 3. J Codrington (Petrotrin)
1,500m: 1. A Campbell (Sonics) 2. N Malco (Bike Smith) 3. R Jiminez (Madonna)
Elimination: 1. A Campbell (Sonics) 2. J Roberts (PBS) 3. R Jiminez (Madonna)
1,000m: 1. N Malco (Bike Smith), 2. J Roberts (PBS), 3.U. Bourne
2,000m: 1. U Bourne 2. J Roberts (PBS) 3. A Campbell (Sonics)
Ladies Senior & Invitation
2,000m: 1. G Carlton (Canada) 2. M Salcedo (Colombia) 3. D Palmer (Sonics)
1,500m: 1. M Salcedo (Colombia) 2. K Lester (Bike Smith) 3. J. Goodridge (Arima Wheelers)
1,000m: 1. G Carlton (Canada) 2. M. Salcedo (Colombia) 3. K Wellington (Bike Smith)
2,000m: 1. M Salcedo (Colombia) 2. K Lester (Bike Smith) 3. C Awai.