|Mike’s Bikes’ Jungle Bells race on Saturday |
Thursday, January 12 2017
The Mike’s Bikes Jungle Bells Mountain Bike (MTB) Race on Saturday promises to be fast, fun, and highly competitive with medals, trophies and other prizes on the line as well as the bragging rights for winning the first mountain bike race of the year. About 70 mountain bikers are expected to compete at the event which takes place on the Mountain Bike trails near Samaan Park in Chaguaramas.
The event was originally scheduled for December last year but was postponed.
First off at 8am will be the Youth Development Kids Under- 13 categories which will race a short course with a duration of 10 to 20 minutes. Boys and Girls will be judged separately within their respective age divisions. The most competitive Open Elite Category will start at 8:30 am immediately followed by the Women’s and the Sport Category which caters for less competitive and recreational riders. The competitors will complete multiple laps of the course with a race duration of four laps for Open Elite and one lap for Sport. Adding to the excitement in Open Elite, there will be a Lap Prime to be announced on the start line which means there will be an additional prize up for grabs for the winner of this said lap.
The top contenders in the Open Elite Division are Ryan Chin (Breakaway) who is the current Mountain Bike National Champion, and Chris Govia (Breakaway) who represented Trinidad alongside his club teammate Chin at last year’s Elite Caribbean MTB Championships.
Jason Costello is another avid MTB competitor and former National MTB champion to look out for, along with, Ryan Mendes and David Hackshaw (Slipstream).
In the Sport Division, competitors will be judged overall, and there will also be prizes for the top finisher in Tinymites, Juveniles, Juniors, Masters 40-49 and Masters 50+. Those categories younger and older than Elite (19-39) are considered at an age disadvantage so special consideration is given. Dimitri Payne, although just a Juvenile, has dominated the Sport Division in 2016 alongside Andrew Darwent (Northern Rangers) who has been in close competition.
“Events such as these are so important for the sport of Mountain Biking,” said Michael Phillips, Managing Director of Mike’s Bikes and Phillips Promotions.
“Typically, course preparation takes a crew of workers several days, and at a significant cost.
Course preparation for an event benefits all Mountain Bikers, not just competitors” he added.
Mike’s Bikes has consistently pushed the growth of Mountain Biking with the regular staging of events that gives opportunity for competition and for mass participation and with Trinidad carded to host this year’s Elite Caribbean MTB Championships, organisers say it is vital that the public is engaged to create a substantial support network for our local riders.
Spectators will enjoy action packed viewing from “in the Mangoes” at the start/finish area. The relatively short course means that cyclists will be passing frequently and fast. The event is supported by Mike’s Bikes and Gatorade.