ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA; WEDNESDAY JANUARY 27, 2016 – Antigua and Barbuda national female cyclist Tamiko Butler said the path to success was a rough and rugged one that presented many obstacles.

On Monday it was announced that the 25-year-old had reached a deal with the UK-based team; the Drops Cycling Team. The reigning national champion became the first Antiguan to sign with a professional cycling outfit.

The cyclist, during an interview last Tuesday, said the goal was to remain positive during the rough times.

“I’ve had to work very hard and be very disciplined in order to get this far to gain the respect of the directors of this cycling team for them to want to sign me. I’ve had to learn to manage my weight in and out of competition, manage injuries, and it’s just continuing on the same path,” Butler said.

“I am now at a point in my cycling career where a lot of my fitness is gained from cycling, as opposed to training and training is still very important but what they would say is that you race yourself into fitness and that is exactly what I have to do now.”

Affectionately known as “Miko”, Butler said she will carry the feeling she experienced after signing her first pro contract with her forever as motivation to keep on excelling. (antiguaobserver)