Tobago Classic to pedal off tomorrow
The Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC) pedals off tomorrow with some of the world’s top cyclist challenging the best of the Caribbean in six days of action, which will take cyclists to all parts of the sister isle.
The series will culminate with the “main event” on Sunday, the UCI Tour of Tobago, with over 110 international and regional cyclists from 25 countries participating in this year’s event.
The excitement starts tomorrow with the official opening of the races at the Cycling Village Compound at Crown Point from 10 a.m., followed by Stage One of the TICC--the Shirvan/Carnbee/Buccoo Circuit Race for the Division One Internationals and Division Two Open riders, which pedals off at 1:30 p.m.
Division One riders will complete ten laps of the ten kilometres circuit, while the Division Two riders will do five laps.
Stage Two takes place from 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the 25 km Black Rock/Mt Irvine/Les Coteaux/Arnos Vale Circuit Race.
Race One of the Tobago Mountain Bike Classic will is on Friday from 8 a.m., which will take riders through the Tobago Rain Forrest. That will be followed by Stage Three of the TICC–the Plymouth Village Criterium–from 1:30 a.m., which will see international riders completing 50 laps for a total of 65 km.
The Market Square Criterium is the fourth stage of the TICC and will take place on Saturday from 8:30 a.m.
Race Two of the Mountain Bike Classic from 3 p.m. at Les Coteaux completes the action on Saturday.
On Sunday, there will be a three-hour Mountain Bike Adventure through the Rain Forest to Highland Waterfalls and River, which is open all mountain bikers starting at 8 a.m.
The main event–the UCI 1.2 Tour of Tobago–also takes place on Sunday from 7:30 a.m.
The race starts at the Esplanade in Scarborough, and will take riders on a 120-km road race through Shirvan Road, Plymouth, Northside Road, Castara, Charlotteville, Speyside, Roxborough, Belmont Road, Claude Noel Highway and back to the Esplanade in Scarborough.
The winner of the Tour of Tobago will pocket $10,000, while the second place rider will get $5,000 and the third will ride home with $2,500.
The Cycling Classic will carry a first prize of $1,500 for each of the four stages.
Twenty teams from across the world will compete in the week-long cycling event, with defending champion Darren Mathews returning to lead the Barbados National team.
T&T’s Emile Abraham, along with brothers Joshua and Adam Alexander and Gevan Samuel, will lead the charge for the hosts who will be represented by Team Trek, Team Slipstream and Team Bike Smith.
1. UCI Continental Team - J. Jensen – Ramirent (Denmark)
2. UCI Continental Team IG-Sigma Sport (UK)
3. UCI Continental Team NSP (Germany)
4. Elite Team La Cyclo Neuchateloise (Switzerland)
5. Elite Team Merida Donaueschingen (Germany)
6. Elite Team Matrix (Germany)
7. Elite Team Rio Grande (USA)
8. Elite Team Predator (USA)
9. Elite Team Foundation (USA)
10. Team Cocos (USA)
11. Team PSL presented by Wells Services (USA)
12. Sainte-Anne Elite Cycling Team (Guadeloupe)
13. Team Madinina (Martinique)
14. Jamaica National Team (Jamaica)
15. St Lucia National Team (St. Lucia)
16. Barbados National Team (Barbados)
17. St Vincent National Team (St. Vincent)
18. Team Trek (T&T)
19. Team Slipstream (T&T)
20. Team Bike Smith (T&T)