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Tobago International Cycling Classic / Tour of Tobago

What could be more perfect than an idyllic Caribbean island, warm friendly people, great food and a top-notch cycling competition? Chances are this year’s Tobago Cycling Classic annual race will fit the bill and much more!
Once again, all eyes will be on Tobago for Tobago Cycling Classic slated for October 1-6th 2013. The Tobago Cycling Classic began in 1986 by a local group of Tobagonian parents headed by Tony Abraham and Brent Hart who wanted to offer the Tobago community a new sporting interest.

Since then, the Classic has morphed from a one-day event to a five-day spectacle with the assistance of stewardship of Jeffrey Charles. The Classic can now boast an average of 500 international and regional participants and fans from over 30 countries over the past five years. In 2011, the International Cycling Union (UCI) sanctioned The Classic, making it the only race in the Caribbean to gain such a high level of accreditation.

The glitz and glamour of international cycling will come to Tobago for six days of thrills and frills as some of the world’s top cyclists challenge the best of the Caribbean, starting today.

The tempo will rise to fever pitch as cyclists confront the scenic but unforgiving, hilly terrain of the main event, the World Ranked UCI Tour of Tobago, dubbed by many, “Beauty and the Beast”, on Sunday.

Over 110 international and regional cyclists from 25 countries will participate in this year’s event which is unprecedented anywhere in this region.

International viewers in over 200 cities around the world will be captivated by ESPN’s broadcast of the 2013 Tobago Cycling Classic experience.

Tobago will be abuzz of activity as the organisers will introduce a series of Mountain Bike races through the scenic trails of Tobago’s rain forest. This new and exciting dimension to the event will broaden the appeal of the TICC to a more diverse sporting enthusiast internationally. The event is well poised to become one of the biggest sporting attractions in the region.

In gear and ready, are the Caribbean’s best talents lead by Emile Abraham, Darren Matthews and Marloe Rodman all of whom are eager to bring glory to the Caribbean. (Source: guardian.co.tt + TICC press rls)



The course:


Racing on Tobago starts today with the Tobago Cycling Classic, containing four stages, interrupted by a "cycling parade to meet the people" on thursday, and finishes on sunday with the UCI 1.2 race Tour of Tobago.


TICC / Stage 1 – Shirvan Circuit Race – Tuesday, Oct. 1st




TICC / Stage 2 – Black Rock Circuit Race – Wednesday, Oct. 2nd




TICC / Stage 3 – Plymouth Criterium Race – Friday, Oct. 4th




TICC / Stage 4 – Scarborough Criterium Race – Saturday, Oct. 5th




UCI Tour of Tobago 2013 – Sunday, Oct. 6th




Participating Teams:

  • #ramirent J. Jensen-Ramirent (Denmark, UCI Continental)
  • #igsigma IG-Sigma Sport (UK, UCI Continental)
  • #nsp NSP (Germany, UCI Continental)
  • *ch Elite Team La Cyclo Neuchateloise (Switzerland)
  • *de Elite Team Merida Donaueschingen (Germany)
  • *de Elite Team Matrix (Germany)
  • *usa Elite Team Rio Grande (USA)
  • *usa Elite Team Predator (USA)
  • *usa Elite Team Foundation (USA)
  • *usa Team Cocos (USA)
  • *usa Team PSL (Wells Services, USA)
  • *gp Sainte-Anne Elite Cycling Team (Guadeloupe)
  • *mq Team Madinina (Martinique)
  • *jm Jamaica National Team
  • *lc St Lucia National Team
  • *bb Barbados National Team
  • *vc St. Vincent National Team
  • *tt Team Trek (T&T)
  • *tt Team Slipstream (T&T)
  • *tt Team Bike Smith (T&T)


TV Coverage:

there will be highlights on ESPN, I don't know when exactly though, propably on monday.
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    More probable in January. Points based stage race if unaware.

    Doing a rundown of the Carib teams would be far too long winded to bother with. Emile Abraham, back from dengue. Darren Matthews, blitzed the field last year. Maraj twins and Mangal, St Lucia leaders. Russell Elcock, should be in the Barbadian team. Apart from that, I don't remember/won't write anything so as not to get slagged off by a team's bike man. Guadeloupe are the Caribbean's France, so let's not get too into that.

    Will Xdout make a reappearance? Kneedragger's still around, fleetingly.
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    Result / Stage 1

    Pos Country Name Club Diff Points
    1      *usa      Clixto Bello      Team Cocos            15
    2      *de      Jonas Schmeiser      Team NSP      +0.186      12
    3      *ie      Ryan Mullen      IG-Sigma Sport      +1:53.577      10
    4      *gb      Peter Williams      IG-Sigma Sport      +3:23.619      8
    5      *usa      Michael Olheiser      Team Vita Malt      +3:26.989      6
    6      *bm      Euis Vidale      Team Foundation      +3:39.148      5
    7      *bb      Jamol Eastmond      Barbados      +3:39.265      4
    8      *de      Denis Bojarkin      Team Merida Dohauegchinger      +3:40.464      3
    9      *se      Patrick Ericsson      J. Jensen-Ramirent      +3:41.172      2
    10      *usa      Nick Bax      Team Rio Grande      +3:41.429      1

    http://www.trinbagowheelers.com/content/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Division-1-Stage-1-Results.pdf
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    Results for Stage 2 – Black Rock Circuit Race
    [Tobago International Cycling Classic - Race 2] - Jonas Schmeiser (Team NSP) took the overall lead after managing a 4th place finish in today's grueling stage, eclipsing Calixto Bello (Team Cocos) by one point.
    Johan Svenson (J. Jenson Ramiret) was today's winner with Daniel Bichmann (Team Merida Dohauegchinger) in second and Jaime Ramirez (Team Cocos) in third.
    With than win, Johan Svenson jumps into third, tied on 35 points with Ramirez while Schmeiser and Bello battle at the top with 51 and 50 points respectively.
    Euris Vidale (Team Foundation) remains the best placed Caribbean cyclist with 15 points and in 11th place while Joshua Alexander (Team Foundation) is the best place T&T cyclist in 34th.
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    I could not find a full result yet but that's what they posted on Facebook:

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    [Tobago International Cycling Classic - Race 2] - Jonas Schmeiser (Team NSP) took the overall lead after managing a 4th place finish in today's grueling stage, eclipsing Calixto Bello (Team Cocos) by one point.

    Johan Svenson (J. Jenson Ramiret) was today's winner with Daniel Bichmann (Team Merida Dohauegchinger) in second and Jaime Ramirez (Team Cocos) in third.

    With than win, Johan Svenson jumps into third, tied on 35 points with Ramirez while Schmeiser and Bello battle at the top with 51 and 50 points respectively.

    Euris Vidale (Team Foundation) remains the best placed Caribbean cyclist with 15 points and in 11th place while Joshua Alexander (Team Foundation) is the best place T&T cyclist in 34th.

    Edit: too late ;)
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    Colombian Rodriguez pedals away with ‘Tour’
    By Kern De Freitas Tobago

    Story Created: Oct 6, 2013 at 11:42 PM ECT

    Story Updated: Oct 6, 2013 at 11:42 PM ECT
    Colombian Jaime Rodriguez saved the best for last, as he stole the show to bring the curtain down on the Tobago International Cycling Classic yesterday, coasting home to a big UCI Tour of Tobago win at the Scarborough Esplanade finish.
    By the time the second rider, USA’s Michael Olheiser, pedalled across the line in Team Vita Malt colours to finish the UCI (International Cycling Union) sanctioned event, he was three minutes, 29 seconds behind Rodriguez.
    The riders were hunting valuable ranking points, which will contribute towards their qualification for events such as world championships.
    Home favourite Emile Abraham didn’t quite finish the course, as he returned to Scarborough in the Team Vita Malt vehicle, but he would have been happy to cheer on teammate Olheiser, who did well to finish second despite a nasty spill in the first half of a difficult, island-wide course.
    Almost two minutes back from Olheiser was Calixto Bello (Team Cocos/USA), who was close to lifting the “Classic” title until a spill in Stage Four on Saturday. Up to then he was in the lead.
    Fourth in was German Jonas Schmeiser (Team NSP), while his countryman Frederik Dombrowski (Matrix Racing Team) was fifth.
    Dombrowski won the prize for being the first Under-23 finisher at the event, while William Guzman (Team Foundation/Dominican Republic) was the top Caribbean rider in 12th spot. Gevan Samuel was the first T&T cyclist to finish the race.
    The race took riders from Scarborough along the western coast of Tobago, through Mount Irvine and Great Courland Bay, and down to Mason Hall. Northside Road brought cyclists back toward the North Coast and Castara Bay and Hermitage, before making the loop past Charlotteville down the East Coast.
    Riders then headed along the south to Hillsborough Bay, before returning to Mason Hall, and then to the Scarborough Esplanade finish line.
    Before the race began the weather looked threatening, with some showers blessing the island, but the hot sun popped out and followed the riders most of the way.
    It was a competition until Rodriguez took on the first hill on the North Coast of Tobago.
    Olheiser’s crash only cemented the Colombian’s advantage, and he would not relinquish it from there.
    The day was made lively with lots of Tobago children participating in a fun ride. Eight young riders took home prizes of bikes, and none of the participants went home empty-handed.
    It ended a long week of cycling that saw five days of exciting racing, as well as the introduction of mountain biking.
    The first four days of racing--before yesterday’s UCI-sanctioned “Tour”—saw Rafael Meran (Dominican Republic) of Team Foundation emerge top rider, with 84 points. He was followed closely by Schmeiser (82 points), who finished second.
    Bello (65) was third, with last year’s Classic champ Darren Matthews (Barbados; 59 points) fourth and Olheiser (57) fifth. Abraham (42), despite a number of spills, ended in eighth position.
    Division II was won narrowly by German Georg Fechteipeter (Matrix; 19 points), who edged T&T’s Ronald Moses (Subway Slipstream; 18) by one point after the latter had a serious spill on the turn for home in Stage Four.
    James Hadeed (Heatwave; 16), Kirk Hern (Slipstream; 16) and Urba Bourne (Southampton; 14), all T&T riders, were third to fifth, respectively.
    And it was no surprise that unattached rider Mark London took Division III with a comfortable six-point lead. Tyler Cole (Rigtech Sonics), Sheldon Cockburn, Andreas Koch (Germany) and Jabari Whiteman (Southclaine) rounded out the top five, in that order.

    UCI Tour of Tobago results
    1. Jaime Ramirez (Team Cocos/Colombia) – 3:41:55.604 2. Michael Olheiser (Team Vita Malt/USA) – 3:45:24.311 3. Calixto Bello (Team Cocos/USA) – 3:47:21.373 4. Jonas Schmeiser (Team NSP/Germany) – 3:48:10.348 5. Frederik Dombrowski (Matrix Racing Team/Germany) – 3:48:25.810 6. Conor Mullervy (Team Vita Malt/USA) – 3:49:49.267 7. Andreas Keuser (Team Merida Donaueschinger/Germany) – 3:49:49.505 8. David Kessler (Team Rio Grande/USA) – 3:49:49.622 9. Daniel Bichlmann (Team Merida Donaueschinger/Germany) – 3:49:50.018 10. Patrick Ericsson (J Jensen-Ramirent) – 3:49:50.400
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    the 2014 edition took place already (last weekend), but I just found the 2013 highlights - and they seem to be awesome

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