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Palmer podiums at US Festival of Speed

Published:Monday | June 25, 2018 | 12:00 AM
National cyclist Dahlia Palmer

Reigning national cycling champion Dahlia Palmer podiumed at the UCI Festival of Speed competition being held at Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Pennsylvania. 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, Palmer also scored high-place finishes in other sprint events at the Festival of Speed, where she frequently competes 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 to 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 to represent Jamaica at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a sprint-cycling specialist.