By Kern De Freitas

Trinidad and Tobago cyclist Quincy Alexander will compete at the World Junior Cycling Championships next week in Russia.

The 17-year-old sprinter left Trinidad on Wednesday for the Moscow Championships.

With Alexander is his uncle and coach/trainer Robert Farrier, who will help the young rider get acclimatised and prepare for his first ride in the men's match sprint on Wednesday.

Alexander will also compete in the keirin and kilometre time trial.

The lanky Team Beacon rider earned his invitation after some top-notch performances in the Pan American Championships, where he turned around a poor start to grab match sprint gold.

He is now the world number one junior in the match sprint and is also ranked third and fifth in the kilometre and keirin, respectively.

Alexander has been fine-tuning his start technique and intensified his training ahead of the event. He recently competed at the ALBA Games in Venezuela and has been training at the Arima Velodrome.

Before leaving for the Championships, Alexander told the Express his preparation went well and he wants to peak at the right time.

When asked his aims at the World Juniors, Alexander said he is keen to establish himself as a top sprinter.

"My goal is to finish at least in the top five," he said, although he admitted his main target is match sprint gold.

Beacon Insurance is Alexander's main sponsor and also assisted with his ticket to Russia.

Other sponsors that supported his trip to Russia include: First Citizens, Exustar Company, Ultra Pharma Limited, NLCB, Atlantic LNG and Perfection Services Limited.