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The 2022 Commonwealth Games, took place in Birmingham, England between 28 July and 8 August 2022 and saw 3 Cayman Cycling athletes competing – Michael Testori and Victor Magalhaes taking on the Individual Time Trial with Nathaniel Forbes joining them for the road race event.

Individual Time Trial

The Individual Men’s Time Trial was set on a 37.4km course that featured a high degree of technicality, with 40+ turns and several tough climbs. Competing against World Champions, Tour de France winners, and a host of strong professional talent, both Cayman riders – competing in the first of their two events – left it all on the road.  Michael Testori, started in the first wave, flying around the course to cross the line in 38th position. Victor Magalhaes started in the 2nd wave but an unfortunate crash on a tight descent cost him precious time, yet he still managed to dust himself off and power home in 41st postion.

Road Race 

129 riders took on the road race, with all three Cayman Cycling athletes Victor Magalhaes, Nathaniel Forbes and Mỉchæl Ťestori on the start line. The task was a mammoth one – hang with some of the best riders in the world over a 160km with 7,000ft+ of elevation. A blistering pace was set from the start and unfortunately the Cayman riders were amoung the 56 cyclists that suffered mandatory 10 min time cuts after falling behind. Victor was the first to have to withdraw, still suffering the effects of his crash in the Individual Time Time a few days earlier. Nathaniel worked hard with a small group but also succumbed with Michael staying with the fast moving main peloton for several laps before also being forced to end his day. All three athletes remained in good spirits after the race and welcomed the new learning experience that they gained competing at an extremely high level of cycling.

After a truly memorable 2022 Commonwealth Games alive with atmosphere and excitement, we wanted to take time to give a heartfelt thanks to our Cayman Cycling family – athletes Victor Magalhães, Nathaniel Forbes, Mỉchæl Ťestori, Coach Ken Gokool and Team Manager Gareth Van Den Bergh. As the saying goes, “Teamwork makes the dream work” and this was never more the case then with the preparation for and competition in the cycling events. Never in question was the determination and dedication of our athletes, who worked hard for months prior to the Games to give their best for Cayman. Equally, so much goes into the journey before an athlete hits the start line and our coach, manager and board members all worked tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to ensure the experience was a memorable one for our athletes. For smaller nations at major games, the knowledge gained and the memorable moments are often more valuable that the final results. We look forward using our CWG experience to fuel ourselves in search of success in future Games and competitions.