Chin and Gooding unbeaten in Mountain Bike Series

Winner of Race Two of the Mountain Bike Series Ryan Chin (centre) with second place Christopher Govia (left) and third place Dimitri Commissiong-Payne (right). Race Two took place at Arnos Vale on Friday, the fourth day of the at the 28th annual Tobago International Cycle Classic.

Winner of Race Two of the Mountain Bike Series Ryan Chin (centre) with second place Christopher Govia (left) and third place Dimitri Commissiong-Payne (right). Race Two took place at Arnos Vale on Friday, the fourth day of the at the 28th annual Tobago International Cycle Classic.

Ryan Chin and Maria Gooding remain unbeaten in the Mountain Bike series at the 28th annual Tobago International Cycle Classic taking the Race Two at Arnos Vale earlier today (Friday, October 2). Chin (Breakaway) led from the start in the men’s race and pulled away to take a commanding victory in 39 minutes 36 seconds (39.36) to add to his win in Race One in Courland on Thursday. He beat his club-mate Christopher Govia (40.57) in second yet again with 14 year old Dimitri Commissiong-Payne (44.08) in third, improving from his fourth place in Race One. Ryan Mendez was fourth (45.04) moving up two places from sixth the day before. Maria Gooding (Rainbow Warriors) led the way in the Ladies’ Race crossing the line in 59.33 to add to her win in Race One.

Ryan Chin leads the field in the Race Two of the Mountain Bike Series at Arnos Vale on Friday, the fourth day of the at the 28th annual Tobago International Cycle Classic.

Ryan Chin leads the field in the Race Two of the Mountain Bike Series at Arnos Vale on Friday, the fourth day of the at the 28th annual Tobago International Cycle Classic.

Chin will be aiming to clinch the series by winning Race 3 on the same course on Saturday (2:00pm) where the riders will be awarded double points. Chin said course was very challenging. “The hills on the Race Two tested the riders’ technical skills on the descents and fitness on the steep climbs.” He added following his debut in 2014 he revealed he hired the coach of Caribbean champion Peter Sellier to prepare him. “He took my training to a new level so I am a lot fitter this year.” The Glencoe resident is hoping to improve his performance in the Caribbean Mountain Championships in Puerto Rico last week. “I am feeling a lot better than in Puerto Rico.”

Fourteen year-old Commissiong-Payne was surprised on his third place finish. “I was not expecting it.”. The Form three Presentation College-San Fernando student got involved in the Mountain Bike riding after parting in the Sports Company Sports Summer Camp in 2013.

Race One winner Maria Gooding cops Race Two of the Mountain Bike Series at Arnos Vale on Friday, the fourth day of the at the 28th annual Tobago International Cycle Classic.

Race One winner Maria Gooding cops Race Two of the Mountain Bike Series at Arnos Vale on Friday, the fourth day of the at the 28th annual Tobago International Cycle Classic.

Gooding was hoping for more competition in the ladies’ competition but she said rode with the men.”I thought we would have more competition from the region and around the world as cyclists from the road race. But I guess mountain bike has not pick up yet (among the ladies). Hopefully I could invite some of my friends who race world-wide at the UCI (International Cycling Union) to come and compete because the race is fantastic. The course is very scenic and enjoyable.” She is hoping to rest and recover the third and final race on Saturday.

The Road racing continues later today (Friday, October 2) with the Stage Three at Plymouth from 1:00pm. The main event is the 50 lap/65km Criterium for Division One riders. Division Two cyclists will do battle over 20 laps/26km. Division three riders will compete over 5 laps (7km).

The Fourth and Final Stage will peddle off at Wilson Road, Scarborough with the Market Square Criterium from 8:30am (Division One -60 laps/60km, Division Two-20 laps/20km, Division Three-5 laps/5km). Stage Four will shown live on WI Sports Tv (http://www.wisportstv.com/) from 10:00am to 12noon.

The 2015 Tobago International Cycle Classic will culminate on Sunday (October 4, with the UCI 1.2 Tour of Tobago.

This year’s Classic is sponsored by  The Tobago House of Assembly; The Tourism Development Company; The Ministry of Sport; Caribbean Bottlers; NLCB; SUAREZ Cycling Apparel; Magdalena Hotel, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Holiday Snacks, Kiss Baking; Econo Car Rentals, Suarez; Blink BMobile & Brydens.