Following Michael Testori at the Commonwealth Games 2022 took time out to catch up with local rider Michael Testori before he set off to represent Cayman Islands in the 22nd  Commonwealth Games, taking place in Birmingham, UK between 28th July and 8th August. So what are the Commonwealth games? Often referred to as the Friendly Games, they occur every four years and are an international multi-sport event among athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations, including England, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. 

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Michael is one of the leading cyclists in the UAE cycling scene, where he is a member of both the VCUAE and Airwerks Racing Team. He will be competing in two events at the commonwealth games currently underway in the UK: the men’s Individual Time Trial (ITT) of 37km on Thursday 4 August at 12 noon BST (3pm UAE) and  the men’s 160km Road Race on Sunday 7 August at 12:30 BST (3:30pm UAE time).

Micheal was brought up in the Cayman Islands where his parents opened a restaurant and has previously represented Cayman at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018 and the Island Games in 2019. Michael moved to Dubai in 2019 with Walkers as an Associate in the Insolvency and Dispute Resolution Group having previously had stints in the UK and Hong Kong. He has been training hard for the games where he will be competing alongside some of the professional riders on the pro team tour, who have just come off the Tour de France. He is looking forward to the forthcoming season 2022-23 in the UAE and excited to hear of the new Velodrome to be built in Abu Dhabi! 

By David Hunt who spoke to Michael Testori

Posted on 31st Jul 2022