Jamaican cyclist Dahlia Palmer excited by climb up UCI World rankings

By April 05, 2019

Jamaican cyclist Dahlia Palmer said she is overjoyed that he career is moving in the right direction following news this week that she has climbed to number 34 in the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) track cycling world ranking.

She moved up six places from the last rankings but overall she has climbed from 273 over the past few months.

“Man, all I can say is that am excited and happy about the direction that I am heading,” a jubilant Palmer told Sportsmax.TV from her base in Trinidad and Tobago. “Thirty-fourth in the world in the space of a couple of months.”

She credits her rapid climb up the world rankings to her performances on the World Cup tour. Palmer competed in Canada, London and Hong Kong along the tour and identified Hong Kong as the meet that helped push her up the rankings.

“Out of my three World Cups, Hong Kong was where I had my best results. I finished 17th and that gave me a huge amount of points to move up UCI ranking,” she said while acknowledging that she has had a lot of help along the way.

“Thanks to my coach Robert Farrier, the Jamaica Cycling Federation, the Jamaica Olympic Association and Alloy Cycling Wear,” she said. ‘They are the ones who made possible and also believed in me.”

Palmer has a  heavy schedule of competitions lined up that should see her climb further in the UCI rankings in the coming months.

She is down to compete at the United States Festival of Speed in Pennsylvania in June before heading off to Peru for the Pan American Games. She also has the Pan Am Cycling Championships in Bolivia before she embarks once more on the UCI Track World Cup Series.

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