Diaz takes Scarborough Stage

Pachon wins 2018 Tobago Cycle Classic

By Clayton Clarke/Sean Mc Coon

CROWN POINT, Tobago: (Sun, Oct, 07) Oscar Pachon (VEN/Raiders) rode his way to the overall Division One title after claiming the final stage of the 2018 Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC) yesterday.  Pachon completed the 130km Tour of Tobago ride in four hours 35 minutes 7.13 seconds (4:35:07.13) ahead of Vicente Sanabrias Martinez (CUB/Dutch Food Valley), 4:35:08.60 and Camilo Vargas (COL/Recapi), 4:41:07.95. With his win Pachon earned 50 points to amass a total of 123 to secure to overall honours ahead of Robert Sierra (VEN/Heatwave), 105 points and Camilio Vargas (COL/Recapi), 85.  He came into Sunday’s final stage narrowly ahead of Robert Sierra (VEN/Heatwave) as both were on 73 points. However, the 30 year old Colombian came out with the top prize of TT$15,000.00. Pachon’s victory is his second following his win in 2014.  This year’s Tour of Tobago leg was included in the stage race for the first time in recent years and counted for double points for the overall standings.

The riders left the start line at the Scarborough Esplanade along Milford Road just after 8 o’clock in the morning and proceeded west unto the Claude Noel Highway down to the Shirvan junction traffic lights across to Plymouth, up to Whim junction and up to Mason Hall. At that stage of the race the cyclists were still bunched. However, the leaders broke away over the Easterfield Road heading into Hope Village. The extended their lead until a wrong turn forced the organisers to stop the race near the entrance to Fort Granby just after 9 o’clock. The leaders had long past Fort Granby and had to return to waiting bunch. After the resumption Pachon and his South American rivals led the way into the hills of Goodwood up to Betsy’s Hope, Delaford and Speyside and down to Charlotteville.  The riders navigated the picturesque roads of Hermitage into Lanse Formi and Bloody Bay before heading back down the Northside Road through Des Vignes Road and Moriah before head back over through Easterfield Road to Hope and down to Lambeau via the Claude Noel Highway before heading back up to Scarborough along Milford  Road.

Local hope Emile Abraham did not finish the race dropping out just after 11 o’clock.  However, the Tobago-born cyclist copped the Sprint King standings ahead of Akil Campbell (TTO/Heatwave) and Bernardo Diaz (VEN/Support Clean Sport). Abraham was also voted the Top Caribbean Cyclist and was top place local in eighth (62 points). Martinez proved his strength in the hills and won the King of the Mountains (KOM) honours ahead of Pachon and Erick Roa (COL/Recapi) and also rode away with the Top Masters (Over 40) trophy. Sierra was the top under 23 rider and  Kemp Oscoso secured the Top T&T award. Sixty five (65) started the Division One competition.

Pachon helped his Raiders team to the Top Team honours with 267 points  ahead of Sentry/Boatyard (161) and Team Pharmaco (159).  Ulloa Rodriguez Wilmer (COL/Raiders) took home the Fast and Furious Kieren finals held on Saturday during the Market Square Criterium. He completed the two laps sprint in 3:13.58 ahead of Luis Diaz (VEN/Support Clean Support), 3:17.70, and Albert Ramos (Dom/Team Pharmaco), 3:13.90. The TTO duo of  Abraham (3:14.55)and Heatwave Tyler Cole (3:26.32) were fifth and sixth.

Maurice Burnette (TTO/Pheonix) won Division Two with 49 points ahead of Andres Diaz (VEN/Raiders) 45 and Dominic Howard (BAR/Heatwave). The Division Two stage race ended on Saturday.

The cyclists received their prizes at the TICC Grand closing ceremony at the TICC Village at Johnston’s Apartments in Crown Point last on Sunday. THA Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles, Debra Coryat Patton, Chairman of the Sports and Culture Fund of the Office of the Prime Minister were present to hand out prizes and award.

Stage 5 – Results

Stage 4 – Results

Stage 3 – Results

Diaz and Frank dominate Scarborough leg of Tobago Cycle…but Pachon still leads

By Clayton Clarke/Sean Mc Coon

CROWN, POINT, Tobago: (Sat, Oct, 06) Louis Diaz (VEN/Support Clean Sport) and Frank Travieos (USA/Team Pharmarco) ruled the streets of Scarborough during the Stage Four of 2018 Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC) earlier today. Diaz won the Market Square Criterium Division One 60km/60 lap in  1 hr 42 minutes 9.61 seconds (1:42:09.61) ahead of Travieso in a sprint finish by 2/100 of a second (1:42:09.63). The pair crushed the field after taking the lead at the end of the 24th lap end worked together to end the their lead over the chasing pelaton. The two exchanged the lead and pushed the pace until the caught the pack in the completion of the 36th lap (24 remaining).  

Lewis Paul (UK/TBW23) led the opening lap ahead of Gregory Vanderpool (BAR/Sentry Boatyard). Yoxmel Diaz (VEN/Support Clean Sport) and Dennis Ramirez (COL/Raiders) took the next laps before Travieso took over after five loops. He and Bernardo Diaz (VEN/Support Clean Sport) maintained the lead until the end of lap seven when Heatwaves riders Jamol Eastman (BAR) and Guy Costa (TTO) went ahead. The pace slowed down and picked up as different riders showed their intentions for taking the stage. Martiniquan Mikael Stanislas (Sentry/Boatyard) and TTO’s Jabari Whiteman (Dutch Food Valley) all had their moments in front before Diaz and Travieso teamed up to conquer the field.  

The race was full of drama and spills and had to be stopped on two occasions because of crashes. The first spill came during the 15th loop and participants were forced to wait until the affected riders were treated before the competition resumed. Another collision occurred ten laps from the finished just after the finish line. The injured cyclist was taken to hospital. As the riders eagerly awaited the restart the rains came and several participants opted to ride cautiously on the wet and slippery roads.

Robert Sierra (VEN/Heatwave) finished in third ahead of Edwin Sutherland (BAR/Heatwave) with TTO’s Kemp Orosco (Heatwave), Ramirez, veteran Emile Abraham (TTO/Team Pharmaco), Bernardo Diaz, Stanislas and yellow jersey wearer Oscar Pachon (COL/Raiders rounded off the top ten. Pachon’s tenth place was enough to see him maintain the overall lead narrowly over Sierra. Both are on 73 points. Stage One winner Carlos Linares (VEN/Raiders) is third (68) ahead of Abraham (62) and Kein Vogel (GER/Embrace the World).

Abraham continues to defy age and leads the Sprint King standing ahead of  another local rider Akil Campbell and Bernardo Diaz. Abraham is also the top Masters (Over40), Caribbean and TTO cyclists for yet another stage. Team Raiders is leading in the Team standings ahead of Heatwave and Team Pharmaco.

TTO’s Maurice Burnette (Pheonix) took over the lead in the Division Two category after winning the 20km/20 lap in 38 minutes 43.62 seconds (38:43.62) from another local Kirtson George (Raiders) and Andres Diaz (VEN/Raiders).  Heatwave holds the top three spots in the Ladies class as Alexis Costa is ahead of sister Jessica and Cheyenne Awai.

Mark London took another Division Three crown after his wins in Plymouth on Friday and Scarborough. The five-time Carifta Games track and field champion cruised to victory ahead of Deon David and Cecil Meville in both stages.

The 2018 Tobago International Cycling Classic culminates with the 130km Tour of Tobago on Sunday which begins at the Scarborough Esplanade in Scarborough at 7:30am. The riders will proceed along Milford Road and unto Claude Noel Highway unto Shirvan Road up to Dunveygan Road up to Northside Road, Speyside, Charlotteville, Parletuvier down to Hope, across to Mason Hall down Auchenskeoch Roundabout and up back to Scarborough.  This year’s edition will end with the prize-giving ceremony at the Cycling Village at Johnston Apartments.

trip around the island ahead of Sunday’s finale-Tour of Tobago.

The Plymouth Village criterium (Division One-65km/50 laps, Division-Two- 26km/20 laps, Division Three-7km/5 laps) is set for Friday, October, 5 on Shelbourne Street (1:30pm)  and the Market Square criterium (Division One-60 km/60 laps, Division Two-20 km/20 laps, Division Three-5km/5 laps) is set for Wilson Road, Scarborough Sat, October, 6 (8:30am)

Sponsors: Tobago House of Assembly (THA), The Sports and Culture Fund, National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB), National Gas Company (NGC), Ministry of Tourism, Dasani Water, British Airways, Econo Car Rentals, El Pecos, Agostini Insurance, Crown Point Hotel, Johnston Apartments, B Mobile, Holiday Snacks, Bermudez and Reboot.

The annual Tobago International Cycling Classic is now in its 31st edition. This year will see the introduction of the Gran Fondo event on Friday, where the riders will take a  trip around the island ahead of Sunday’s finale-Tour of Tobago.

The Plymouth Village criterium (Division One-65km/50 laps, Division-Two- 26km/20 laps, Division Three-7km/5 laps) is set for Friday, October, 5 on Shelbourne Street (1:30pm)  and the Market Square criterium (Division One-60 km/60 laps, Division Two-20 km/20 laps, Division Three-5km/5 laps)  is set for Wilson Road, Scarborough Sat, October, 6 (8:30am)

Sponsors: Tobago House of Assembly (THA), The Sports and Culture Fund, National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB), National Gas Company (NGC), Ministry of Tourism, Dasani Water, British Airways, Econo Car Rentals, El Pecos, Agostini Insurance, Crown Point Hotel, Johnston Apartments, B Mobile, Holiday Snacks, Bermudez. 

Clayton Clarke 1-868)-321-6195/266-2869) & Sean Mc Coom (1-868 466-0608)

Media Liaison Officers)-2018 Tobago International Cycling Classic

 

Abraham – Sprint leader

Top 3 Division 2 Stage 2

Top 3 Division 1 Stage 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pachon upstage Abraham in stage Two.

By Clayton Clarke/Sean Mc Coon

CROWN POINT, Tobago: (Thu, Oct, 4), Oscar Pachon (Colombia/Raiders) ran away with the Stage Two of the Division One race at the 2018 Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC) which started and ended at Old Grange Beach in Mt. Irvine earlier today. The 2014 champion left his rivals well beaten as crossed the final line in the 90km/5 lap race in two hours minutes seconds (2:33:19.48), close to two minutes  ahead of the closely bunched chasing pelaton.  As impressive the 30 year old rode he nonetheless broke the hearts of Tobago fans as home town boy Emile Abraham was beaten by Pachon into second place (2:35:12.51). Abraham was involved in blanket finish with five other riders. The photo finish equipment ruled that Martiniquan Edwin Nubul (Sentry/Boatyard), 2:35:12.57 took third spot ahead of  German Kevin Vogel (Embrace The World),  2:35:12.59, Vicent Sanabrias Martinez (Cuba/Dutch Food Valley), 2:35:12.65 and Robert Sierra (Venezulea/Heatwave), 2:35:12.65.  Abraham did not confirm his participation in the race until moments before the start but the 44 year old made his claim for glory in the penultimate lap but Pachon remained too far ahead  and won the stage.  Abraham, a Scarborough/Signal Hill Secondary graduate, showed he still has the power in the legs that propelled him to the 2007 Pan American Games silver medal. The Colombian riders led in the early laps as Ulloa Rodriguez Wilmer (Colombia/Raiders) took lap one ahead of the Heatwave duo of Barbadian Jamol Eastmond and T&T’s CAC Games bronze medalliss Akil Campbell. Jorge Navarete (Colombia/Recapi)  was first to finish the second loop ahead of the Venezuelan pair of Clever Martinez (Raiders) and Bernardo Diaz (Support Clean Sport).  Martinique’s Edwin Nubul (Sentry/Boatyward) broke away to take lap three of Navarete and stage one leader Carlos Linares (Venezuela/Raiders). However, American Cyrus Pearo (Dutch Food Valley) sneeked ahead of the pack at the end of the fourth circuit in front of Abraham and Cuban Vicente Sanabrias Martinez (Dutch Food Valley). Linares had fallen off the pace, dropping down to 11th with one lap to go. Pachon used his experience of competing at TICC for the third time to draw away from the field to secure the stage.

Pachon’s stage two victory pushed him in the overall lead with 44 points and will wear the yellow jersey in Stage Three, the Plymouth Village Criterium on Friday from 1:30pm. Stage One leader Carlos Linares (Venezuela/Raiders) slipped to second after he was seventh in stage two with 40 points the same as Abraham who is in third.

Abraham outkicked his younger rivals to lead the sprint king ranking ahead of Martinez and Navarete. He was the top Masters (Over 40) rider for the second straight stage and also the top Caribbean and T&T rider. Sierra landed the top U23 rider prize.  Raiders continue to lead the Team standings ahead of Sentry/Boatyard and Team Pharmaco.  The Plymouth Criterium will see Division One riders vying for glory over 65 laps/65km and Division One competitors 20 laps/26km. The Division Three riders w thill make their entry in the Classic over 5 laps/7km.

Earlier on Friday morning from 7:30, the organisers have added the Gran Fondo event where competitors ride for fun around Tobago.

The annual Tobago International Cycling Classic is now in 33st edition. This year will see the introduction of the Gran Fondo event on Friday, where the riders will take a trip around the island ahead of Sunday’s finale-Tour of Tobago.

The  Market Square criterium (Division One-60 km/60 laps, Division Two-20 km/20 laps, Division three-5km/5 laps)  is set for Wilson Road, Scarborough Sat, October, 6 (8:30am). The 2018 TICC will culminate with Tour of Tobago 130km race around Tobago on Sunday from 7:30pm.

Over 100 riders from Germany, USA, Great Britain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, Anguilla, Barbados, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and St. Lucia battle against the best riders from Trinidad and Tobago.

Sponsors: Tobago House of Assembly (THA), The Sports and Culture Fund, National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB), National Gas Company (NGC), Ministry of Tourism, Dasani Water, British Airways, Econo Car Rentals, El Pecos, Agostini Insurance, Crown Point Hotel, Johnston Apartments, B Mobile, Holiday Snacks, Bermudez.

Quotes

OSCAR PACHON (speaking through a translator)…..”it was a very hard race today with the climb and the heat which played a lot in the race but I was happy I was able to win the second stage.  I went from the last hill where I (felt) I could make the most difference. When I went over the top I put down my head and went all the way to the finish line. (The experience of racing here twice before) helped a lot. I have been here before. (Looking ahead to the Plymouth Criterium), It is a very hard race but I have a great team which is experience in criteriums. I want to stay close to the front.

EMILE ABRAHAM…. “I am just running with it and  I am just enjoying it. I am still not putting any pressure on myself.  After this I am going to the Masters World Championships and that is what I am preparing for and hopefully I  can carry these legs to the Worlds. Plymouth is a good course for me. I was third last year and I have better legs this year and hopefully the team could work well and I can get another good result and just keep moving up. As long as I keep placing and I can be up there on the podium.”

JEFF CHARLES…”Today’s race is the first attempt for the cyclists to deal with Tobago’s hills.  It is a very challenging race and you will see the mountain climbers who I think will come out in front. I am expecting lots of strategies with the teams vying for the King of the Mountain points, the sprint points and also for the win. All the teams will the man they want to win and everything will work around that person in each time. We will see strategy after the second or third lap.”

Stage Three in Plymouth where we go to the crits, the criteriuims, flat and fast races. Very exciting and one of our feature events. There are lots of spectators. Stage Four –Market Square, 1km crits. Cycling pass like ever and half minute. Those two races are geared for the sprinters.

In the Division Two 75km/3 lap race, Andres Diaz (Venezuela/Raiders) was first to cross the tape clocking 1:42:46.29, ahead of local riders Maurice Burnette (Pheonix), 1:46:48.41 and Nathan Alexander (Team Woods) 1:42:52.14.  Stage One winner Andre Greene (Guyana/Rigtech Sonics) started brightly leading lap one ahead of Diaz and Dominic Howard (Barbados/Heatwave) before Burnette moved ahead at the completion of lap two with Greene and T&T’s Christopher Govia (Breakaway) following behind. Diaz changed from his front riding approach for Stage Two and held back until the final lap to make his drive for victory and his wait paid off.  Greene fell back to seventh at the finish after experiencing mechanical problems.

Quotes

ANDRES DIAZ…..”Today was hard race for me. I am not good at the climbs. I came down with the boys. I praise God I won the stage.  (My second place yesterday) was motivation to me. I come in with my mind saying I really want to stay. I give all the glory to God. For tomorrow I want to keep the jersey. I am getting better but I never raced crits in Venezuela so it is new race for me.