National champion Dahlia Palmer will be defending her title at Jamaica’s National Cycling Championships this weekend after all.
She also travels to Jamaica from her base in Trinidad and Tobago with good news about her chances of Olympic qualification but with uncertainty about whether she will be able to pay for it.
The two-time 2018 Pan Am gold medallist had initially said she would not have been able to attend because of financial constraints but revealed to SportsMax.TV Monday, that the Jamaica Cycling Federation will cover her expenses for the trip.
The change of circumstances is timely considering that Palmer has gained entry to the 2018-2019 World Cup Series that will see the top three finishers qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
She explained that the points she earned in Mexico at the Pan Am Championships earned her a spot in the series that has six legs and begins in France, October 19-21.
The series then moves to Canada from October 26-28 and then to Germany from November 30 to December 2. London is the next step from December 14-16 with the penultimate stop set for New Zealand from January 18-20.
The World Cup series ends in China from January 25-27.
Palmer said she is confident that she will do well in series.
“I’m confident, now that I’m on the right path towards Tokyo 2020, because these World Cups are key events towards 2020 and also because of my hard work, my fight, commitment and dedication towards cycling, I know I can accomplish the goal that I set out for,” she told SportsMax.TV.
“The journey now starts but the hard work will even get harder.”
Harder and more challenging because for her to be able to compete on all the legs she is going to need funding, a lot of it if she is to make her dream of competing at the 2020 Olympic Games come true.
Palmer and her team are still crunching numbers to determine how much it will cost to compete on all the World Cup legs. So far, the only thing she knows for certain is that it will cost north of US$10,000.