The second edition of the Tour of Trinidad and Tobago Independence Classic will have the same international flavour as last year’s inaugural event, attracting some 250 cyclists from over ten countries.
Riders from Austria, Barbados, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, USA and hosts T&T swing into action on Wednesday in the Individual Time Trial, the first of the tour’s six competitive stages, over the hilly Maracas terrain.
And T&T’s veteran road cyclist Emile Abraham will be looking to be the one who rides away with the overall first prize of $10,000 in cash, plus a Fuji bike valued at $10,000, sponsored by Bike Inn.
Abraham’s participation in the Tour is being patronised by the Prime Minister of T&T, and the winner of Canada’s Tour of Quebec in July will want to improve on last year’s 12th place showing after wearing the leader’s yellow jersey during the early stages of the tour.
But organising committee chairman Anthony Commissiong said the presence of Columbia’s Edwin Vanegas, winner of the inaugural Tour of T&T, is yet to be confirmed.
“Vanegas expressed his willingness to defend his crown,” Commission said, “but has not confirmed his participation. As far as I understand it, he and his Cycling Team Krieger riders are currently awaiting sponsorship.”
Commissiong said the organising committee added two non-competitive events –Unity Fun & Fitness Rides-for casual cyclists, health enthusiasts and members of the public.
The Tobago leg was held on August 18, while the Trinidad leg took place last Sunday.
Petrotrin is the Tour’s platinum sponsor, while Beacon Insurance, Cyrtoen, Minute Maid, Powerade, Dasani and Antiox have also thrown their support behind the event.