The TTCF held a Criterium Keep Fit on a sunny March 12, 2017 at the Diego Martin Highway. Once again, kudos to the TTCF for hosting races for all categories, from Under 7 to 70+.
Our Hummingbirds had a strong contingent at the event, eager to mix it up with the other race eager cyclists. Marlon Joseph led the way with a top of podium finish in the Masters 40-49 – 2 Laps. Joey Nunes was 2nd in the Masters 70+ – 1 Lap.
Full results of the event are available per the link below
Many thanks to Mariela Bruzual for the Elite event photo.
Best wishes to all of our other cyclists as they get ready for the long 2017 season … Attitude is everything … Smile … Enjoy the challenge that brings out the best in you … Ride for Fun … Train to Win!
The TTCF 2017 track season kicked off with the 1st in a series of events at the Arima Velodrome on Saturday March 11. There cyclists were provided a full program of 34 events, with races for the under 9 to to the over 70 cyclists.
The Hummingbirds were present and did not disappoint. In the 500 meter events, Peter Hernandez was 4th in Masters 60 – 69, Joey Nunes was 2nd in the 70+ and in the Masters 40 – 49, Rocky Hosein was 1st and Marlon Joseph was 2nd.
Sheldon Ramjit was 4th in the Elite 1 + 2 – 10 Lap Snowball, while in the Masters 40-49 – 1 Lap, Marlon Joseph was 1st.
For a full list of the results see below
The picture shows Joey with Junior Farrell sharing a lighter moment during final preparation for the upcoming meet. They are training at the new velodrome in Siparia.
Best wishes to all of our cyclists!by hummingbirdscc
This was a grueling road race of 105 kms, starting at the Brian Lara Stadium and ending at LaLaJa South Road on the Arima ByPass Road to Blanchicheusse.
The fastest cyclists completed the race in 2 hours 34 minutes, with an average speed of nearly 41 kph. Congrats to Sheldon Ramjit who managed a strong 6th place finish behind these young ones!
Best wishes to all of our cyclists as they continue to prepare for the upcoming races.by hummingbirdscc
The 2nd race of the 2017 TTCF Road Series was run on January 22, 2017. As usual there was a strong field of competitors.
The race was run from Port of Spain to Toco, a more challenging course that the Port of Spain / Couva return used in the 1st race of the series.
The fastest cyclists covered the 95km route in 2 hours 24 minutes. This is an average of over 39.5 kph!
Interestingly, the juniors took three of the four overall finishing positions. This speaks well for the future of cycling!
Sheldon, our sole entrant, managed a 13th place finish! Well done Sheldon.
The 2017 TTCF Road Series kicked off on January 15, 2017. A strong field of eager cyclists placed their bikes on the line to get the year underway. The event was an official qualifier for the National Team heading to the Elite Pan American Road Cycling Championships.
The race was held on a familiar course for many. It was from Foreshore to Couva and back. This is a quite flat course that can be made more challenging by North-East winds.
Our Hummingbirds were solely represented by Sheldon Ramjit. Sheldon was unfortunate to be a part of a five rider crash early in the race. He fell heavily, breaking his handlebar. Despite his injuries and damage to his bike he was able to continue and catch back to the bunch.
The full results of TTCF Road Series 1 are as follows
Lawrence then takes us south with a trailing breeze coming out of the West North West. While Lawrence has no on screen speedometer display as he rides, you get an idea of his speed as you see the barricade pillars zooming past and the relative speed at which the cars pass. The posted speed limit is 60kph, but no cars are doing this on the straight, relatively quiet road.
0:00 – 1:20 Rolling terrain – Looks like mostly going the speed limit
1:30 – 1:40 Vehicles passing, but only slowly
2:10 Catching up to vehicles on the downgrade
2:30 Doing probably 80+
3:30 – 3:50 Vehicles passing but again, only slowly
4:27 Pulling off at the Esso service station.
Wow … Check the max speed!!!
Joey Nunes won the Masters 70+ category at the recent Leslie King Memorial Road Race that finished in Mayaro.
Well done Joey! Way to finish off the season!
The Bluebird is now a lethal flying machine that has had some shakedown runs, but still has some tweaking ahead. Planned work is in the area of higher gearing, some bodywork fine tuning to minimize the effects of crosswinds. On top of this, he is playing with the idea of adding disc covers for the wheels, a tail extension for time trials and even a cockpit canopy.
To quote Lawrence, “This thing is crazy fast. 40km/h is nothing. 50km/h is mild effort on a flat. I hit 62 with a slight slope. I could have gone faster if it weren’t for the light and stopping a flying bomb is not easy.”
“Some guys in Europe who can sustain 80km/h on closed courses.”
Lawrence’s max gearing is 53/11, but thinks he needs a bigger chainring, perhaps a 57 or 61! Are you trackies jealous???
He went on to talk about handling and comfort, “In headwinds and tailwinds she is like butter. There is a very low coefficient of drag with the enclosed front wheel wells.” “Cross winds can give some sail effect but also make it “a bit dodgy”. I picked up a strip from a racer that disturbs lateral wind effects. I still need to install it.” “I could ride in any temperature. There is a guy in Ottawa that rides year long. It’s an all weather cycle. And it is very warm inside even on cold days.” On a recent ride when it was 4C, he was able to comfortably ride in shorts and had to roll up his long sleeves.
The rider’s perspective is equally exciting. The internal reinforcement work has stiffened up the HPV, making it very responsive. Lawrence simply said “It’s like riding in a rocket.” Of course the HPV does not accelerate and climb as well as a road bike so some planning is required for traffic lights and terrain. Maintaining 50km/h to 60km/h is easy … on a recent ride he managed to beat 80km/h! Lawrence’s comment about the sensation of speed is “There is little sensation of speed below 40. 80 was nuts.” He has had quite a laugh when he looks at the faces of drivers – they can not believe what the machine can do! Better speeds are possible with better tyres, a tail piece and a cockpit cover and of course cyclist fitness!!!
The reaction from cyclists is interesting; they are definitely curious. Their normal inclination is to try and catch on, but keeping them at bay, just for fun, is easy.
The police have followed him, but not stopped him. The machine is fully compliant as a bike under the Highway Traffic Act so they are required to treat it not differently than a bicycle. He also reports that he gets better respect from drivers.
I am looking forward to riding with him in 2017. He thinks it will be a great support vehicle for races and tours as he can carry water, tires and gear on board. My real anticipation – motorpacing behind this beast!!!