Schulting takes TICC First Stage

CROWN POINT, Tobago: (Thu Sep 28): Peter Schulting (Netherlands/Team PSL) won the opening race of the 2017 Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC) at Shirvan Road on Wednesday (Sep 27). The 30 year old captured the Division One 10 lap/120km race in two hours 27 minutes 0.21 seconds (2:27.00.21) ahead of American and Pharmaco team rider Winston David (2:27.46.16) and Ken Tiltman of Germany/RC Die Schwalben (2:27.46.79). Riding with a strong PSL team Schulting made his bid for glory taking the lead at the end of the fourth lap. Another Dutch/PSL competitor Martin Keiderman attempted an early breakaway in the first loop as he opened a one minute 37 second lead over the chasing pack. His advantage was more than 400m on second place Christoph Setescak (GER/Veloclub Ratisbona) and 2015 winner Marlo Rodman (PSL). At the completion of the second lap the riders were bunched together with Marcel Weber (GER/Veloclub Ratisbona) narrowly ahead of Alex Bhogal (CAN/PSL). Argentine Jose Luis Rivera (Econo Car) was in front at the end of lap three. However, in cool and slightly overcast conditions, Schulting retained control of the race and held the helm until the ninth and penultimate lap when his rivals sped up in their quest to take Stage One and gain the early supremacy in the Four-stage race. The champion was elated with his victory and paid tribute to his club-mate Kenverne Braithwaite who lost his father days before the races. ” I am happy I won. I dedicate this victory to one of our team-mates Kenverne whose father passed away two days ago.” Schulting praised his team. “We have a really, really good team. The team plan was to have several riders in front, like two or three in the breakaway.” He is looking ahead to Stage Two set for Thursday morning and is confident of his chances on the hills as he says he likes the climbs. The Dutchman leads the Division One standings with 15 points ahead of David (12) and Tiltman (10). Schulting was presented with the Leader’s Yellow shirt by National Lottery Control Board chairman Marvin Johncilla. Stage Two will peddle off in front of Mt. Irvine with the Division Two riders beginning their five lap/33 km race at 8:00am to followed by the Division One racers. Akil Campbell (TTO/PSL) was the best sprinter of the day as he leads the Sprinters table will wear the Sprinter’s pink shirt into today’s Second Stage.

Vincente Sanabria (CUB/Jet Blue) was the first regional rider to finish when he crossed the line in fourth. Joshua Alexander (Raiders) was the top local finisher in seventh. Seven-time champion and home-town favourite Emile Abraham (Pharmaco) finished won the field in 14th. Defending champion Arno Van Der Zwet and runner-up Nick Stopler did not finish. The NED/PSL duo had company as another PSL rider, 2015 winner Jamaican Marloe Rodman, did not arrive at the finish line after he forced to abort his efforts because of two flat tires.

T&T’s Kemp Orosco secured the Division Two lead with a photo finish triumph in five lap/60km contest. The 17 year old, racing with PSL in the Classic, broke the tape in 1:29:39.00 fractionally ahead of Jamaican Linford Blackwood (Pharmaco). However, top local lady Teniel Campbell (PSL) stole the headlines by placing third beaten only by Orosco and Blackwood. Orosco was pleased with his success and is looking forward to a similar victory in Stage Two. “(Winning) is a good feeling because everybody (has thoughts) of winning a stage at the Tobago Classic. It was a good experience. I hope tomorrow to go and do my best and win again.” The Williamsville resident felt that tactical riding helped him to his win. “Definitely making the right moves and the smart breaks (were key for me winning today). With one lap to go there was break and I was with there so I guess that was the smart move.”

Teniel, the younger sister of Akil, said her top three finish among the men was a confidence-boosting feat. “It shows that I have talent and have what it takes. The guys were great and there was stiff competition out there. To pull off a podium spot was really good.” She gave credit to her PSL colleagues and added that it was the help of them that enable to finish well. “Coming into the (final) sprint I was in about tenth position and told one of my team-mates ‘Hey you got to lead me out because I can’t get up there’. It was a bit late but I found an opening. It was good enough for me to get the third (place).” The 2016 Caribbean Time Trials winner is aiming to finish in the fop five at the of Stage Two and main a top three finish overall.

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.

Stage One

Results
Division One (10 laps/120km): 1st Peter Schulting (NED/PSL) 2 hrs 27 minutes 00.21 seconds, 2nd Winston David (USA/Pharmaco) 2:27.46.16, 3rd Ken Tiltman (GER/RC Die Schwalben) 2:27.46.79, 4th Vincente Sanabria (CUB/Jet Blue) 2:27.46.82, 5th Dennis Ramirez (COL/Raiders) 2:28.02.01, 6th Ben Foster (USA/Econo Car) 2:28.16.28, 7th Joshua Alexander (TTO/Raiders) 2:28.22.88, 8th Rafael Meran (COLRaiders) 2:29.44.72, 9th Aria Kiani (USA/Econo Car) 2:29.86, 13th Jyme Bridges (ANT/Jet Blue) 2:30.02.76, 14th Emile Abraham (TTO/Team Pharmaco) 2:30.03.00

DNF: Arno Van Der Zwet (NED/PSL), Marlo Rodman (JAM/PSL)
Sprints: Campbell
Standings after Stage 1
1st Schulting 15 pts, 2nd David 12, 3rd Tiltman 10, 4th Sanabria 8, 5th Ramirez 6, 6th Foster 5, 7th J Alexander 4, 8th Brandimeier 3
Top U25: 1st Stefan Brandimeir (GER/Veloclub Ratisbona), 2nd Lucas Carstesen (GER/Embrace The World), 3rdTwan Brusselan (NED/PSL), 4th Enrique De Comarmo (TTO/Heatwave), 5th Akil Campbell (TTO/PSL)

Division Two (5 laps/60km): 1st Kemp Orosco (TTO/PSL) 1:21.39.00,2nd Linford Blackwood (JAM/Pharmaco) 1:21.39.09, 3rd Teniel Campbell (TTO/PSL) 1:39.25, 4th Shaquel Agard (GUY/Econo Car) 1:21.39.28, 5th Cortis Dey (GUY/PSL) 1:21.39.39, 6th Jacob Kelly (BAR/Massy United) 1:21.39.55 , 7th Marlis Mejias (CUB/Raiders) 1:21.39.57, 8th Ronell Woods (TTO/Wood) 1:21.39.74
Elite Male: 1st Blackwood, 2nd Agard, 3rd Dey
Junior (U 19) Male: 1st Orosco, 2nd Kelly, 3rd Woods
Juvenile (U17): 1st Adam Marshall (BAR/Massy United)
Ladies Open: 1st Campbell, 2nd Mejias, 3rd Jesica Costa (TTO/Heatwave)
Masters 40-49: 1st Mark Hosein (TTO/Breakaway), 2nd Douglas D’Abadie (TTO/SR), 3rd Mark Ogiste (TTO/Breakaway); 50-59: 1st Dirk Tidd (TTO/Knights, 2nd Ted Muir (Tobago); 60+: 1st Stephen Abourd (TTO/Pharmaco), 2nd Ronald Crooks (TTO/Raiders)

SCHEDULE FOR 2017 TICC
Day One-Wed Sep 27
8:00am-Final Registration (Johnstons Apartments, Crown Point)
9:00am-Opening Ceremony (Johnstons Apartments, Crown Point)
10:00am-TICC Stage Race Technical Briefing (Johnstons Apartments, Crown Point)
1:30pm-TICC Stage 1 (Shirvan Road)…..prize giving to follow right after
Day Two-Thu Sep 28
8:00am-TICC Stage 2 (Mt. Irvine Golf Course)…..prize giving to follow right after
1:30pm-Classic Rum Punch Beach Lime & Picnic (Pigeon Point)
Day Three-Fri Sep 29
7:30am-TICC Mountain Bike Race 1 (Venue to be announced)…prize giving to follow right after
1:30pm-TICC Stage 3 (Shelbourne Street, Plymouth)…..prize giving to follow right after
Day Four-Sat Sep 30
8:30am-TICC Stage 3 (Wilson Road, Scarborough) …..prize giving to follow right after
2:00pm-TICC Mountain Bike Race 2 (Venue to be announced)….prize giving to follow right after
4:00pm-UCI Licenses check for UCI 1.2 Tour of Tobago (Johnstons Apartments, Crown Point)
Day Five-Sun Oct 01
7:30am-UCI 1.2 Tour of Tobago (Milford Esplanade, Scarborough)…….prize giving to follow right after
4:00pm-Grand Finale-Prize Presentation & Farewell Lime (Johnstons Apartments, Crown Point)

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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