Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2022. 6:02 pm CST.
Photo Credit: @khelson10
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Now riding for American pro-cycling team LA Sweat, Kaya Cattouse is featured by Bicycling magazine in an article published on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, as she prepares to compete in the oldest bike race in New York, the Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic, on Father’s Day.
In its 50th edition, the Harlem Crit, as it’s called locally in New York, is now part and parcel of the American Criterium Cup.
The article is based on the experience of three riders, one of which is Belize’s only professional female cyclist who joined the LA Sweat, a professional cycling team that features cyclists from the United States, Belize, Mexico, and Canada, after her stellar performance in Chicago’s Intelligentsia Cup in 2021.
“A cycling trailblazer in her country, Cattouse, a.k.a. “Champ,” 30, boasts an impressive resume that includes a first-place finish at the 2022 Cedral Classic, a silver medal at the 2021 Caribbean Cycling Championship, and second place and two third-place finishes in the 2021 Intelligentsia Cup,” says Bicycling.
The article recounts Kaya’s sports life going all the way back to the days when she shared her time amongst football, triathlon, track and field, and basketball.
Kaya says in 2012 she decided to focus on cycling, the family sport.
She tells of how much she had to practice cornering to be able to excel in a criterium in the United States, particularly after riding into a man’s lawn, crashing into his garage, and falling off her bike because of the sharp turn at a corner.
“Cattouse is now living her dream as a pro racer, and she will have support from her fellow LA Sweat team in the Harlem Crit peloton,” the article concludes.
“There’s no I in the team. Each race we have a team plan and my only aspiration is for a team win,” Kaya told Breaking Belize News ahead of Sunday’s crit. Certainly, a change now that she’s riding for a professional team, as opposed to her solo days when her goal was to win the race herself.
Her ride in New York on Sunday means Kaya won’t be here for the National Individual Time Trial Championship. But she’s following her dreams, and that’s what counts. Carry on, Kaya!
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