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TTCF mountain biking to pedal off on Sunday

By Roger Seepersad

The Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation (TTCF) will host the first annual Mountain Bike National Championships in Chaguaramas on Sunday, beginning at 7 a.m.

This was announced yesterday at a press launch for the race at the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC) office on Abercromby Street, Port of Spain yesterday. The race is expected to attract some of the country's top cyclists as well as some of the up and coming riders in the sport.

Among those expected to compete are Troy Nelson, Jason Costello, Joshua Alexander, Rudy Ashton, Rishi Ramlalack and Peter Sellier.

There will be three races in the National Championship with a Time Trial for competitors 13 years and older, a Kid's Cross Country ride (1.8 kilometres) for children 12 years and under, and the mass start Cross Country for riders 13 years and over.

All races take place at the course in Chaguaramas, with the mass start Cross Country race being the longest of the three at 5.5 kilometres per lap.

The female cyclists will ride two laps in the Cross Country, and the 13-18 and over 50 age groups will also ride two laps, while men between 19-49 years old will ride three laps.

The time trial (4.8 kilometres) will see riders starting at 30-second intervals, and the fastest riders in the event will start at the front of the pack for the Cross Country race.

There will also be an "Invitational International" class for foreign nationals resident in T&T, who are not eligible for national championship titles.

TTCF president Rowena Williams was also at the launch and fully endorsed the event.

She said that this year's race will be a "demonstration", while next year's championship will give riders a chance to accumulate points.

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