Chin retains Tobago Mountain Bike crown

Ryan Chin (T&T/Breakaway) celebrates as he crosses the line in victory in Stage Two of the 2016 Mountain Bike Series at Arnos Vale

Ryan Chin (T&T/Breakaway) celebrates as he crosses the line in victory in Stage Two of the 2016 Mountain Bike Series at Arnos Vale

CROWN POINT, Tobago: Ryan Chin held on the men’s Mountain Bike title at the 2016 Tobago International Cycle Classic. The 2015 champion won the two stages of the Mountain Bike series held Arnos Vale totalling 30 points. The Breakaway team rider beat the Ryan Mendes (T&T/Slipstream), 24 points, Kevin Tinto (T&T/Central Spokes, 16 points, Adande Piggott (T&T/MTB Kings), 13 points, Linford Blackwood (JAM/MTB Kings), 12 points and David Hackshaw (T&T/Slipstream), 10 points. In the first stage on Friday, Chin took the top spot ahead of Mendes , Hackshaw, Piggott and Tinto and returned  Arnos Vale on Saturday to beat the field once again. Mendes was runner-up ahead of Tinto, Blackwood and Piggott.

Michelle Branday (Jamaica/MTB Kings) took the overall ladies crown after she was second in Stage One and won Stage Two. The Trinidad-based rider finished ahead of Dutch woman Marieke Lubbers (Team Wikkit) who won Stage One and was second in Stage Two. However, the victory in Stage Two gave her the overall trophy. Shelly-Ann Augustine (T&T/MTB Kings) was third.

Michelle Branday (JAM/MTB Kings) won the ladies Mountain Bike title at the 2016 Mountain Bike Series at Arnos Vale

Michelle Branday (JAM/MTB Kings) won the ladies Mountain Bike title at the 2016 Mountain Bike Series at Arnos Vale

Andrew Darwent (T&T/Survival OS) was the top Under 19 finisher ahead of team-mate Matthew Lazzari  and Tobago’s Malique Samuel (Easy Goers). Adande Piggott (Tobago/MTB Kings) secured the men’s 19-39 class with another Tobagonian Elvis Turner (Unattached) in second. Marcus Pilgrim (T&T/Global Bikers) took third. Tinto rode  home with the 40-49 crown ahead of the MTB Kings pair of Matthew Wilson and Hugh Bedoe.  The Netherlands’ Sjaack Kunnen (Team Wikkit) was the champion in the men’s 50 plus division ahead of Ricki Bratwhaite and Carl Mollineau, both of MTB Kings.

A total of 57 riders participated in the Mountain Bike series.

By Clayton Clarke