of the West Indies cycling team go through a final training
session at Macqueripe, Chaguaramas yesterday. The session
was in preparation for tonights 14-lap ride around
the Queens Park Savannah in the fifth annual Beacon
Insurance West Indies vs The World Cycling Series. In photo
from right are JOSHUA ALEXANDER, ADAMA ALEXANDER, ELISHA
GREENE and DAVID ALVES.
Experienced road cyclist Emile Abraham heads a list of seven
local riders representing the region in the Beacon West
Indies vs The World Cycling Series, which is scheduled to
start tonight around the Queens Park Savannah.
Fireworks and a motor-cycling display by the Full Throttle
Harley Davidson club, will herald the opening which will
start at Queens Park West, in front of TGIF at 8 pm.
The Tobago-based Abraham flew in from Atlanta, Georgia (USA),
where he competed over the weekend, to join his teammates,
as they were unveiled to the media at a cocktail reception
held in the VIP room of Hasely Crawford Stadium on Monday
Stephen Mangroo, Elisha Greene, David Alves, brothers Joshua
and Adam Alexander and Ronald Dickie are the other T&T
riders making up the 13-man West Indies squad.
They will be joined by Barry Forde of Barbados, Jamaicas
Neil Samuel, Guyanas Junior Niles and the Cuban trio
of Junior Alvarez, Yosmany Poll and Florencio Perez.
Forde is the most established member of the West Indies
outfit. He is just coming off a silver medal-winning ride
in the Kerin event at the World Championships in Los Angeles,
California last month.
Roberto Chiappa of Italy, Englands Craig Mc Clean
and German pair Jan Van Eigdan and Matthias John are a few
of the big names in the 17-man World team.
Chiappa, the most decorated of the foreign riders, is the
winner of 20 Cycling World Cup medals.
He first competed at the Beacon series in 2004.
Mc Clean was a gold medallist in the Olympic Sprint event
at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Van Eigdan is a former Match Sprint world champion (2000),
while his countryman John won bronze in the Olympic Sprint
at last months World Championships in Los Angeles,
For the first time in the events five-year history,
it will be taped for broadcast in Europe by British Sports
Television GiantsSky Sports Network, while Los Angeles-based
company, pro cycling.tv, will carry the series and all its
related events via the internet.
INDIES TEAM: Emile Abraham, Ronald Dickie, David Alves,
Joshua Alexander, Adam Alexander, Elisha Greene, Stephen
Mangroo (T&T), Neil Samuel (Jamaica), Junior Niles (Guyana),
Junior Alvarez, Yosmany Poll, Florencio Perez (Cuba), Barry
WORLD TEAM: Roberto Chiappa (Italy), Jan Van Eigdan, Matthias
John (Germany), Mike Friedman, Ben Barcezwski (USA), Peter
Jacques, Jonathon Norfolk (England), James Mc Callum, Craig
Mc Clean (Scotland), Sebastien Donadio, Jorge Ruschansky
(Argentina), Jose Aguilar, Antonio Medina, Daniel Garcia,
Danny Yepez (Venezuela), Glen Rendall, Murry Carter (Canada).
Today: QP Savannah, 8 pm
Friday: Skinner Park, 7 pm
Saturday: Arima Velodrome, 5 pm
Sunday: Arima Velodrome, 5 pm
May 4: Tobago, 2 pm
May 6: Skinner Park, 7 pm
May 7: Arima Velodrome, 5 pm
May 8: Arima Velodrome, 5 pm
(See Sports Arena)