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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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National Road Race Champs pedal off at King George Park
The three-stage T&T Cycling Federation National Cycling Road Race Championships will pedal off on Saturday at King George V Park with the Criterium Championships.
At Saturday’s first stage, competitors will participate in a 1.2 km course around King George V Park, which will be familiar to some of the field. On August 28, the Dash Circuit Race was contested at King George in stage one of the Tour of T&T Independence Classic. National cyclist Emile Abraham, who eventually won the T&T Classic with 42 points, finished the race in fifth place. Registration for the first stage will take place from 1 pm-1.45pm on race day, before the race at 2pm. Cost of registration is $20 for each stage of the event.
The cyclists will be broken up into 11 categories. The categories include Tinymites, Ladies Tinymites, Juveniles, Ladies Juveniles, Junior Males, Ladies Juniors, Masters 40-49, Ladies Elite, Masters 50-59, Masters 60+ and the headline Elite category. In the Elite category, cyclists will go around King George 35 times in the 42km race. Participants in the other categories will compete in distances ranging from 7.2km to 25km.
In stage two the following day, the Road Championships Time Trials for the Championships Road Race will take place at Wallerfield from 7am. Registration for this 12.5 km course, is scheduled from 6 am to 6.45 am. Categories for this stage include Seniors (open), Juniors, Masters 40+, Juveniles, Masters 50+, Masters 60+, Ladies Senior, Ladies Junior, Tinymites and Ladies Tinymites. The Seniors race will be 39km (three laps), and both the Juniors and Masters 40+ will compete in a 26km race (two laps). The rest of the field will all do one lap.
After a week off, the 44km Championship Road Race will take place at the Corinth/Couva Circuit from 7am.
Registration for the final and longest stage of the Championship will be from 6 am to 6.45 am (on race day). The cyclists will compete in the same 11 categories as the Criterium Championships. The qualifying time for the Ladies Elite is 1 hour 45 minutes, while the qualifying time for the Elite category will be 3.20.
The Tinymites, Ladies Tinymites and Ladies Juveniles will ride half a lap (24km) and the Juveniles, Ladies Juniors, Ladies Elite, Masters 50-59 and Masters 60+ will do one lap (44km). In the other categories, the Masters 40-49 and the Junior Males will attempt two laps (88km) and the Elite cyclists will face a 132 km trek (three laps).
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