Palmer makes podium at US Festival of Speed cycling

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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Reigning national cycling champion Dahlia Palmer finished third to make the podium at the UCI Festival of Speed competition being held at Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Pennsylvania, United States of America.

The Festival of Speed is a month-long competition featuring elite level international cyclists competing in many racing disciplines on the 300-metre, high bank oval track.

Palmer took third place in the Kieran Cup event, one of the highlight races of the competition. The Kieran is a six-lap 2000-metre event. The first three laps are paced by a motorcycle gradually increasing the racers' speed to 50kph. Once released by the pacing motorcycle the cyclists have a high speed, three-lap sprint to the finish. Kieran racing is typically one of the fastest events in any cycling competition. Palmer finished behind only riders from Australia and Canada.

Palmer, a native of Lucea, Hanover, currently lives in Trinidad, where she trains under Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation Coach Robert Farrier. While competing at the Festival of Speed Palmer represented the Trinidad-based Team DPS cycling club.

In addition to her Kieran race podium finish, Palmer also scored high-place finishes in other sprint events at the Festival of Speed, where she frequently competed against professional cyclists or members of well-financed national teams.

Each finishing placement awarded valuable UCI/Union Cycliste Internationale points needed to qualify for major cycling events and move Palmer up in the world cycling rankings.

Up next for Palmer is July's Caribbean and Central American Championships in Cali, Colombia, where she will join members of the Jamaica Olympic Association squad. Her ultimate goal is representing Jamaica at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a sprint cycling specialist.

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