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Cycling in Irwin Park on Friday
After 35 years, Irwin Park in Siparia will feel the adrenaline of cyclists speeding around its circumference once again.
It’s taken the inspiration of an Olympic cyclist, a son of its own soil, Njisane Phillip to make it happen.
The event will be called “Friday Night Lights” and it promises to be equally as gripping as the drama television series that Kyle Chandler starred in. Only, instead of football, this Friday Night Lights will feature T&T’s most promising cyclists to professionals who recently graced the Elite Pan American Track Cycling Championships.
The event is backed by the Siparia Regional Corporation and the T&T Cycling Federation (TTCF), with five categories on show on Friday night. There will be Masters Racing, BMX, Under-7s, Under-9s, and elite. Among the elite field will be the likes of Varun Maharaj, Akiel Campbell, Adam Alexander, Keron Bramble, and Phillip himself.
“I’ve been racing on it (Irwin Park) but we had some technical difficulties getting it certified with the federation (TTCF) but now we have the railings in and it’s a full go now. It will be the first time I’m getting to race home so it will be a big deal,” an excited Phillip told Guardian Media Sports.
He is hoping the event gives local cyclists a chance to compete during a slow part of the yearPhillip is also hoping the trip to Siparia will allow those in his hometown to have a greater appreciation for cycling, and riders who brave the roads daily to cycle.
Tickets for the event are $40 for adults and free for children.