Darel Christopher Jr is the British Virgin Island’s first international professional cyclist.
His licence has been sanctioned by the International Cycling Union.
Minister responsible for sports Myron Walwyn said he is proud of the young Virgin Islander’s achievements.
“It seems that, even before he could walk, he could cycle and became a formidable cyclist here in the Virgin Islands, winning numerous cycling competitions. It shows that hard work, perseverance and remaining focused on the target will bring personal and international rewards.”
“I extend best wishes and continued success to Darel Christopher Jr as he embarks on this new chapter of his career. I also extend congratulations to his parents on this milestone achievement,” Walwyn continued.
“I am encouraging all the BVI Cycling Associations and all the coaches and trainers to continue developing the territory’s young cyclists. The Ministry of Education and Culture will continue to support cycling and all our athletes.”
Christopher is known for being a British Virgin Islands cycling champion, having won several local races over the years.
He represented the territory at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico, as well as the Caribbean Junior Cycling Championships and the Caribbean Senior Cycling Championships.
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