CROWN POINT, Tobago, October 3, 2016 – After 156 kilometers of racing in the Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC), Grenada’s young cyclist Christopher Alexis finished 4th in the Division 2 Elite category overall with a total of 27 points.
Christopher Alexis showed skill in Stage 1 as he ended second overall with a timing of 1:25:50.933 which earned him 12 points.
There was some challenges on the course which saw some of the cyclists including Alexis loose ground on the leader finishing 9th overall earning him only two points and dropping him to 5th overall with 14 points.
The troubles continued in stage 3 as the young cyclist finished 10th which gave him only 1 point pushing him further down the leader board to 6th with 15 points behind the leader who was at 33 points.
Alexis put all that behind him in the final stage of the event and was able to finish second gaining 12 valuable points which pushed him to fourth spot overall with 27 points.
Speaking to SISR Alexis was quite happy with his overall performance despite the challenges.
“The entire event was a success and great experience for me. Although having one unfortunate stage where a fellow Grenadian cyclist and I took the wrong road causing us to lose over 30 minutes I was able to look past that and remain focused for the penultimate and final stage. In my opinion, the TICC is a marvelous event and we should make an extra effort to attend this event annually. The experienced gained in this event would of have a major impact on our cyclists and cycling on a whole in Grenada.”
During the course, the cyclists had to manuevre flat as well as hilly terrain but for the young rider the main challenge was ending the races.
“Although it’s a hard event, I was able to find comfort throughout the races. The most challenging part of the event for me was fighting for the ideal position to sprint for the finish line due to my lack of races, experience and exposure. Although I have a great sprint, position in the last 500 meters means everything. For example in Stage 1 and 4 where I contested the sprint finish, I came from way back in the bunch passing approximately 15 cyclist in the last 500 meters.”
This is the first stage event for young Alexis who is already looking ahead to other regional and international events.
“The next step for me is to attend a couple more races before the year ends to build on what I experienced at the Tobago International Cycling Classic. There are events such as Caribbean Elite Cycling Championships in Guadeloupe, the Tour of Guyana 5 Stage Race and the Leslie King Memorial Road Race in Trinidad. For next season I intend to do a lot of races in the United States.”
There were three other Grenadians in the event; Tessimy Viechweg, Danny Scott and Tevin Hueton who finished fifth, sixth and seventh overall with 20, 20 and 17 points respectively.
The 30th staging of the Tobago International Cycle Classic was held from September 27 to October 2 with over 100 riders from over 23 countries participating in Division 1 and 2 categories.