|Costelloe claims Mountain Bike men’s open title |
By JONATHAN RAMNANANSINGH Tuesday, December 11 2012
TEAM Beacon’s, Jason Costelloe pedalled to victory in the Men’s Open and Veteran’s 40+ Cross Country Three-lap Mountain Bike race at the inaugural Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation-hosted National Mountain Bike Championships, which was held at the Arboretum, Chaguaramas, on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Costelloe finished in a golden time of 48:19.6. Mike’s Bikes rider, Rishi Ramlalack clocked the same time but received silver due to split- second lap-durations. Subway Slipstream’s Rudy Ashton bagged bronze in a time of 49:32.9 while Brent Edmund (Team Xterra) came in fourth (50:56.5) and Rainbow Warriors’ Jason Gooding (53:04.3) claimed fifth spot respectively.
Receiving top honours in the Veteran’s 40+ division of the race was Ryan Abraham (Northern Rangers MTB), who also finished seventh overall. Club-mate, Christian Hospedales grabbed silver in the 40+, with a ninth place overall finish. Mike’s Bikes owner, Michael Phillips had to settle for third in this division and take 11th place overall.
Ramlalack then made well his second attempt and powered to gold in the Time Trial Open. His time was 13:19. The Mike’s Bikes rider finished ahead of eventual runner-up Ashton (13:31) and Costelloe (14:21) respectively.
Claiming their respective Time Trial titles were Subway Slipstream’s David Hackshaw (Men’s 50+); Hospedales (Men’s 40+); Peter Sellier (Tinymites); Maria Gooding (Female Open) and Jonathan Sellier (Male Juvenile).
Winning the Open two-lap MTB race was David Hackshaw, in a golden time of 34:18.2. Sellier (P) took silver in 38:32.9 while Gooding (M) settled for bronze (38.39.5).
This was the local federation’s first-ever MTB sanctioned event. After the successes of the inaugural meet, the TTCF is expected to host the event on an annual basis. Sponsoring this year’s MTB Championships was Dimes, Chaguaramas Development Authority, Geronimo’s, National Lottery Control Board, Hyundai, Blue Waters, Yoplait, Kiss Hearty Balance, Gatorade, Mike’s Bikes and the TTCF.
Men’s Open/ Veteran’s 40+: 1. Jason Costelloe - Team Beacon (48:19.6); 2. Rishi Ramlalack - Mike’s Bikes (48:19.6); 3. Rudy Ashton Subway Slipstream (49:32.9); 4. Brent Edmund Team Xterra (50:56.5); 5. Jason Gooding Rainbow Warriors’ (53:04.3); 6. Christopher Smith Subway Slipstream 53:33.4; 7. Ryan Abraham Northern MTB (54:48.8); 8. Felipe Lopez Northern MTB (55:07.2); 9. Christian Hospedales Northern MTB (55:19.9); 10. David Alves Heatwave (55:57.5)
Boys U-11 (1 Lap): 1. Darren Rostant Northern MTB (6:54); 2. Ryan De Abreu Northern MTB (7:15)
Boys U-9 (1 Lap): 1. Jean Luc James Smith (6:59); 2. Jesse Hospedales (7:04)