Cyclists arrive for 2017 TICC

CROWN, POINT, Tobago: (Tue, Sep 26): Cyclists and officials for the 31st annual Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC) have been arriving in Tobago. With one day before the opening ceremony and first day of action of Wednesday, several foreign competitors are already on the island. Defending Four Stage champion Arno Van Der Zwet of the Netherlands was one of the first to touch down. The PSL team racer touch down on Tuesday (Sep 19) and already had couple of days of training to acclimatise himself to the terrain and weather conditions. Multiple champion and Tobago born Emile Abraham journeyed over to Tobago on Monday  (Sep 25) via the ferry along with Team Pharmaco team-mates (Ben Ren Kema, Winston David, Parker Kyser, Jack Silverburg, Corey Davis, Linford Blackwood and female pro Caroline Baur), Barbadian Jesse Kelly and several local riders .  The competitors checked into the Cycling Village Compound at Johnstons Apartment and Crown Point Beach Hotel in Store Bay.  More cyclists and officials are scheduled to arrive during the day and early Wednesday morning ahead of the Race One of the Four Stage Race on Wednesday.

Over 200 competitors  from Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, United States of America, Canada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Jamaica, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago will battle for honours over five of exciting and keen competition. Ten teams have registered so far for the Division One category (PSL, Pharmaco, Raiders, Heatwave, Embrace The World, RC Schwalben, Econo, PSL-Jet Blue, Veloclub Ratisbona, St. Vincent and the Grenadines). Riders from the 21 registered local clubs (Arima Wheelers, Breakaway, Central Spokes, Heatwave, Hummingbird, Knight, Madonna Wheelers, Mountain Bikes Kings, Petrotrin, Pheonix, Rigtech Sonics, Southampton Wheelers, Southclaine, DPS, PSL, Raiders (formerly Foundation), SR, Wood and the Brave) will also be in action. Registration closes on Wednesday (Sep 27) at 8:00am.

Race One of the Four Stage race is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, September 27 in front of the Shirvan Mall, Shirvan Road at 1:30pm. Division One riders will do battle over 10 laps (120km) while the Division Two competitors will vie for honours over  five laps (60km).  After the Shirvan Road start the riders will turn left unto Claude Noel Highway, left at roundabout at Auchenskeoch, left at Buccoo Junction unto Shirvan Road and finish at the Shirvan Mall.

Race Two is set to peddle off on Thursday (September 28) near the Mt. Irvine Golf Course at 8:00am. The Division One competitors will match striders over 12 laps(77km) with the Division Two cyclists contesting five laps (33 km). The route for Race Two: Mt. Irvine start along Shirvan road, left unto Archenskeoch Buccoo Bay Road, left at Old Range Road, straight unto Montgomery Road, Hopeton Road, left unto Orange Hill Road, slight right to stay on Orange Hill Road and left unto Shirvan Road.

Race Three- Plymouth Village Criterium, Shelbourne Street, Plymouth (1:00pm). Route: Start at Shelbourne Street, left at Arnos Vale Road, left on North Street, left on North Street, finish on Shelboure Street. Division One-50 laps (65 km)/Division Two-20 laps/26 km)/Division Three-Novice-5 laps/7 km).

Race Four-Market Square Criterium, Wilson Road, Scarborough (8:30am). Route: Start Wilson Wilson, let unto Darrel Spring West Road, right unto Garden Side Street, right unto Carrington Street, right unto Wilson Road to finish line.

Races Three and Four will be streamed live on http://streamevents.tv/articles.

The Mountain Bike Series will be held on new courses on Friday (Sep 29)/7:30am and Sat (Sep 30)/2:30pm. The Fast and Furious Road Sprint is set for Friday (qualifying rounds) and Saturday (finals) during Race Three and Four legs.

The 2017 edition of TICC will culminate with the UCI 1.2 Tour of Tobago on Sunday (Oct 1). The 120 Km race will get underway at the Scarborough Esplanade, Milford Road, Scarborough from 7:30am. The riders will travel through Plymouth, Castara, Charlotteville, Speyside, Roxborough, Mason Hall and end at Scarborough.