Proud: Michael Phillips
Republic Day Classic into 10th year
Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympic cyclist Njisane Phillip will not defend his crown this year in the 30-lap event of the Newsday Republic Day Cycling Classic that pedals off on that holiday from 1 p.m around the King George V Park.
But reigning Women’s 30-lap champion Tamiko Butler of Antigua and Barbuda will defend her title in the event that pedals off at the start/finish line at the St Mary’s College Ground on Serpentine Road.
Butler, the Sportswoman of the Year for her country for the last two years, is also the female Caribbean Road Race champion.
And at the media conference at Mike’s Bikes on Ariapita Avenue yesterday, the two-time Classic female champ Butler said she is looking forward to the race which she said was a useful event in her road racing career.
“I’m excited and looking forward to defending my title once more," she said, adding that she would try to compete with the men.
“Last year, I got an opening and made a move but they (the male cyclists) caught me,” she said.
Barbadians Phillip Clarke and Jason Perryman of Team Heatwave will also be saddling up for the main event and looking to help one of the members of their team to the win. Team Foundation’s Adam and Joshua Alexander, T&T international representatives in road and track cycling, are among the top local cyclists in the fray.
According to Mike’s Bike owner and event organiser Michael Phillips, this year marks the 10th year of the event, an association he is proud of as the cycling community looks forward with anticipation to the yearly race.
The Classic also features a 5k Fun Run/Walk road race starting at 3 p.m. and president of the Road Runners Club of Trinidad and Tobago David Spicer said that the Defence Force’s Matthew Hagley is expected to defend his 5k title.
Phillip stated that all registration fees will go towards the Save The Street Children Fund.
In an event offering over $20,000 in cash prizes and hampers, there will be cycling races for all ages from Kids four & under to Masters 60 and over.
Interested persons can register from September 14 at Mike’s Bikes and Kenny’s Sports branches.