SCARBOROUGH, September 25, 2016 – One of Grenada’s young cyclist is currently in Tobago to compete in the 30th Tobago International Cycling Classic 2016 which runs from September 27 to October 2 in Tobago.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) sanctioned event is expected to see over 25 nations being represented in various categories with Division 1 (International) and Division 2 Open being the main.
Christopher Alexis will be representing Grenada at the Classic which is his first ever stage race event which covers 156 kilometers.
Speaking to SISP, Alexis says he’s determined to complete the four stages despite the challenge he faces.
“It certainly feels great to be competing in my first stage event however after the first 2 stages I’m not sure how my body would react to the races because they are the two longest stages and it’s my first time racing like this.”
He’s also mindful of his eating habits before and during the stages which would have a great effect on his performance throughout the entire classic.
Though not having any defined goals for the event, the young cyclists is hopeful of top finishes in all stages of the race.
“In every event I compete in, I always set high standards and achievable goals for myself. For this event in particular I plan to gain as much experience as I can and achieve podium places throughout the event which may be tough since I haven’t raced at such speeds since Summer 2015 in New York. My overall goal is to set a good base for next season.”
Alexis will be featured in the Division 2 Open Category of the tour which starts on Tuesday with a 5-lap (60km) ride around the Shirvan, Carnbee, Buccoo Circuit.
On Wednesday the cyclist will have a 2-lap (50km) ride on the Turtle Beach, Les Coteaux, Arnos Vale Circuit.
Following a rest day on Thursday, he will head out on Friday to challenge the Plymouth Village Criterium which is a 26-kilometer (20 -lap) course.
The final stage consists of a 20-lap (20km) ride across the Market Square Criterium on Saturday with the final prize presentation ending the event on Sunday.
Christopher Alexis’ trip was made possible through the support of Construction & Building Services.