River Raid 9, the hottest mountain bike race in the country, organised by the Rainbow Warriors Triathlon Club (RWTC), takes places on Sunday at 8am at Chaguaramas.
In addition to the exciting run through the trails near Samaan Park, there will be mountain bike races for children 15 and under and the Elite and Fun/Sport class mountain bike races for 16 years and older.
Athletes will be competing for both cash prizes, trophies, finishing medals and boasting rights.
The adult mountain bike race should attract 70 to 80 mountain bikers and teenage sensation and favourite Peter Sellier is expected to dominate the Open Class race, in the absence of US rider Drew Esdell, 32, who won last year in 1.00.29, with Sellier finishing seven seconds behind him. The top lady rider, Tamiko Butler of Antigua will also be in the mix to defend her title.
The trail run is expected to see more keen competition from Shane Barran who won by .01 seconds last year ahead of Shirvan Baboolal who finished in 19:13. Seventeen-year-old triathlete, Joshua Ho, who won the TTTF Sprint Keep-fit last Sunday, placed fourth last year in 21:24, and is expected to better his time and placing this year.
"The trails are marked off for anyone to practice on and will be cleaned again on Friday," said race organiser Jason Gooding, "and we are looking forward to a fast, fun and exciting race. One day soon, I expect to see young Peter Sellier representing this country at the highest level in this sport. He is dedicated, hard-working and very talented."
Sponsors for the event include Bermudez Wheat Crisps, Fujitsu, ArcelorMittal, CDA, Blue Waters, Gatorade, Odessey Timing, Subway and Mike's Bikes.
For more information go to www.rainbowtri.com
or call; 784-4128.