Alyssa Rowse makes history in Bergen
First female from Bermuda at the Road World Championships
Approximately 65000 people lives in the island territory of Bermuda, three of those are in Bergen competing at the Road World Championships. Including the first ever female competitor from the island.
Story by Tom Henrik Monsen
Alyssa Rowse (17) is in Bergen to compete at both the Women Junior races at the Road World Championship as the first ever female competitor from Bermuda.
We got the chance to meet her after she had finished her first race, the individual time trial.
-It was a little more hilly than I expected it to be, so yeah. But it was a good race, it was well mapped out, it was hard. I wish I would have done a little bit better, but I did as good as I could do today so I guess it is all I can ask for.
But the participation in today’s race was in a little jeopardy during the weekend,
-We got here on Saturday, we lost our luggage on our way up, so that was a bit of a disappointment. But luckily, we got is yesterday, so we were able to ride.
A young triahlete turned cyclist
Coming from a triathlon background, Rowse started to focus on cycling a couple of years ago,
-I did triathlon when I was younger, and that kind led me into cycling because cycling was always my best bit and then triathlon got harder and then I started to focus on cycling.
And it looks like Rowse has made a good choice, at this years Commonwealth Youth Games she picked up a bronze medal at the individual time trial. And now she is in Bergen and so far, enjoying her time here.
-So far it has been a really good experience. It was about a day of travelling, which I don’t mind so much, I think I adapted to the time zone well.
Rowse lives and trains in Bermuda when she is not competing elsewhere,
-I was born and raised in Bermuda, and I live there pretty much the whole year besides when we go to races and stuff.
President at the Bermuda Bicycling Association Peter Dunne, says that they can train all year at the island with approximately 100 kilometers of road to their disposal.
-We maybe train to much because of the all year access.
Dunne continues exaplaining how unusual it is for a place as Bermuda with such a small population to have three riders at approximately the same age, all born in 2000, participating at the World Road Championships.
Kaden Hopkins and Matthew Oliveira are also in Bergen to compete at both the men junior races on Tuesday and Saturday.
The Bermudan cycling team does not have the same budget as many other nations competing at the championship.
-We live in at an Airbnb 100 meters from todays starting line, Dunne tells us.
Alyssa Rowse will be at the start line again on Friday during the Women Junior Road Race.
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