Luggage worries for defending Stage Champion

CROWN, POINT, Tobago: (Tue, Sep, 26):  Arno Van Der Zwet, defending champion of the Four Stage race of the Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC), has been experiencing travel woes in his quest to defend his title. The Dutch rider arrived in Tobago on Tuesday, September, 19, one week ahead of the Wed Sep 27 start,  but is yet to receive his luggage which included his racing bicycles. He arrived early with the intention of getting some training in an attempt to familiarise himself with the terrain and the climate. However, my plans fell flat as the Condor flight he traveled to the island on from his home country Holland, failed to deliver his luggage. Van Der Zwet was one of several passengers on the flight who are similarly affected. The PSL team rider said he has been unable to train for most of the time he has been on the island and got his first ride on Monday, September 25 as he borrowed a bicycle from a fellow rider. Van Der Zwet said he is disappointed with the predication. He added that he has been in contact with the Condor officials who are hoping that his luggage arrive in Tobago later today (Tuesday) on the weekly flight from Holland. The 30 year old is also not happy with the lack of concern shown by local Tourism officials on the island.

Several other local and foreign cyclists arrived in Tobago via ferry on Monday (September 26) on a delayed sailing out of Port of Spain. The T&T Express vessel was scheduled to leave at noon but did not depart until 2:30pm. Several vehicles transporting race equipment were left back as the vessel was overbooked. The vehicles are expected to arrive on the island later on sailing on the T&T Express set to leave Port of Spain at 4:00pm.  The 31st edition of the TICC is set to get underway on Wednesday, September, 27 with the opening ceremony at 9:00am the Stage One of the Four Stage race at 1:30pm. The Classic concludes until Sunday, October, 1 with the UCI 1.2  Tour of Tobago.