Tobago International Cycling Classic peddle off on September 27th

Abraham leads local challenge.

CROWN POINT, Tobago: (Tuesday, September 19) The 31st edition of the Tobago International Cycling Classic will peddle off on Wednesday, September, 27. This week-long cycling fiesta will once again cater for the sprinters, endurance and mountain bike riders. The action gets underway on with the first leg of the Four Stage race on the Shirvan Road/Carnbee Circuit starting at 1:30pm on Wednesday, the first day of action. The opening leg will see competitors battle for first honours over the ten lap/120km race.  The relatively flat nature of the opening salvo usually favours the sprinters with tactical break away and enthralling sprinting highlighting the race especially along Shirvan Road. The Second stage is set for Thursday September 28. The riders will line up in front of the YMCA Pool in Courland for an 8:00am start. This leg will no doubt expose the cyclists to the undulating terrain the island where after a flat start they will traverse the hills of Bethel and Orange Hill in and 12 lap 77km ride before returning to Courland for the finish.

After two days of races, the action shifts to relaxation with the much anticipated Classic Rum Punch Beach Lime and Picnic at the Pigeon Point Beach Facility on Thursday where the cyclists party as hard as they ride. The battle in the sands of Pigeon Point is usually as intense on the bikes on the roads as the foreigners dance to the Calypso and steel band and learn how to ‘wine’ and limbo. While catching their breath they get a chance to sample the local menu of bake and shark, ‘doubles’, corn-soup, crab and dumplings and the Classic’s now famous Salisha’s Rum punch. The Beach Lime and Picnic is also an opportunity for the sponsors to interact with the cyclists and trainers.

On Friday afternoon, the third stage of the Four Stage Race will take centre in Plymouth with the Plymouth Village Criterium. The 50 lap/65 km race is eagerly anticipated as spectators and residents of the village usually enjoy the race from the comforts of their houses/porches/galleries and sometimes in specially constructed liming area.

The Classic Stage Race ends with the Market Square Criterium in downtown Scarborough from 8:30am. The battle in tight and fast 60 lap/60km race keeps both cyclists and spectators in suspense as the final bid is made by the riders for overall honours.

The Mountain Bike racing gets underway early on Friday morning. Starting at 7:30am, the bikers will be in action riding through Tobago’s pristine rain forest. The second and final stage is set for Saturday from 2:00pm.

After four days of racing, the cyclists will have to find the the will and energy for the UCI 1.2 Tour of Tobago Road Race, the final event, carded for Sunday, October 1. The endurance riders usually look forward to the challenge as they peddle along the coast of Tobago from Scarborough right up to Charlotteville, through Castara, Roxborough and return to Scarborough.

Canadian James Piccoli won last year’s Tour of Tobago title. denying former winners Colombians Jaime Ramirez of Colombia (2013) and Oscar Pachon (2014) and  Adderlyn Cruz Colon of the Dominican Republic (2015).

Dutchman Arno Van Der Zwet took home the Four Stage crown ahead of his Dutch compatriot Nick Stopler  and Sweden’s Patrik Moren. Teenager Jabari Whiteman of Soutclaine triumphed in the Division Two while D’Angelo Harris of Rig Tech Sonics topped the the Division Three field. Ryan Chin dominated the Mountain Bike Series.

In 2016 for the first time in the history of the Classic an international all-women professional team participated. The Team Eleven outfit included the German trio of Sofie Mangertseder, Sabrina Ossyra and Alina Layne as well as Switzerland’s Carline Baur and Desiree Ehler raced along the roads of Tobago.

The final list of competitors for the 2017 edition will be confirmed in the coming days. One noted rider is confirmed: multiple champion and Tobago-born Emile Abraham  who will be returning home for the event.The Atlanta-based rider, who announced his retirement from international cycling at the 2015 edition, has been enjoying much success in the Masters Division on the US professional circuit and will be a favourite in both the Stage and Tour of Tobago races.

BIG EVENT… SMALL ISLAND STYLE…  Come & be part of this Tobago Cycling Adventure…. Dates – on September 27th. Through October 1st.  

Special Thanks: –

Gold Sponsors:

National Lotteries Control Board; Tobago House of Assembly; Ministry of Sport

Key Sponsors:

Caribbean Bottlers; BMobile; Econo Car Rentals; British Airways; Crown Point Beach Hotel; Johnston Apartments; Caribbean Airlines; Kiss Baking; Holiday Snacks; Agostini Insurance; El Pecos

Tobago Support Services:

Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA); Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA); Tobago REACT; Tobago Police Service; THA Division of Infrastructure: Tobago Information Technology Ltd – 211: Tobago Red Cross; Michael Baker: Desron Clarke; Radio Tambrin 

 

 

Clayton Clarke

Sportscore Tobago

Media Liaison-2017 Tobago International Cycling Classic (Wed Sep 27-Sun Oct 01) 

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