Virgin Islands Cyclist Is Creating A Storm In The Category 3 Division

By: Charlie Jackson
Daryl Christopher JrDaryl Christopher Junior is chomping at the bite to get the 2014 Cycling season going as he has much to look forward to and much to achieve now that he has reached the status of a USA Cycling Category 3 ranked Rider.

Christopher Jr. began his journey towards the Pro Ranks, not only on the roads of Tortola and the Caribbean, but also larger races in the United States over the last couple of years

“I started in Cat 5, which is basically for Amateurs,” explained Christopher Junior, “In Cat 5 I did about 5 races, coming 6th in the first one and then won the rest. I was moved up to Cat 4 and also had success there.”

After about 6 more races in Category 4, he achieved Cat 3 status, which is an equivalent to being semi pro.

“Most of the races have different levels, pro 1, pro 2 and pro 3, so I’m at the lowest level of being a professional, but joining a development team which has ex-professional rider, Nathan O’Neil, will be a great help in moving up.

Christopher Junior’s season starts by the end of February and one race he is looking forward to is a stage race in Wisconsin, which lasts for 11 days with 9 criteriums and a couple of time trials.

“I love stage races, just being able to ride for two or three weeks is what I like. I will be doing more training for stage races. After a race in Georgia I will be heading to Wisconsin and hope to do well at that one.”

Christopher Junior, who has the likes of Peter Saga, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins as role models, has become much more focused in doing well and being a success.

“It’s a different environment, a different atmosphere; everyone works together and wants to see each other do well. You have to eat proper, sleep and get to training on time, everything plays a part.”

Whilst Christopher Junior might not be able to race again on the roads of Tortola, he would still like to be a part of representing the Territory in events like the Caribbean Championships, but it will all come down to his Coach as to whether time would allow it.

Dad, Daryl Christopher Senior is very proud of his son and will be hoping to watch some of the upcoming races.

“I knew he was always dedicated to the sport, always focused and am thankful now that he is in the right environment and surrounded by the right people, in terms of coaching, so we can see his development in the sport. As soon as the team gets going, maybe like mid season, I will be hoping to go watch one of the big events, like Wisconsin.”