Michael Phillips will be marking his 13th year hosting a cycling race on Republic Day when riders pedal off on Sunday at the Diego Martin Highway with several cash prizes up for grabs.
The first event hosted by Phillips was held in 2005 at what is now known as Nelson Mandela Park. It was a Criterium race which is a short course racing style with numerous laps.
The race has since evolved into Phillips’ signature event, the “Michael Phillips Republic Day Classic” and will be hosted this year on the Diego Martin Highway on the portion which is blocked off every Sunday morning from 6am - 10am for the “Keep Moving” programme which he also runs.
This year’s Michael Phillips Republic Day Race will feature a host of exciting races ranges with participants ranging from ages 6 - 70 with the final event featuring cyclists from around the world who will battle for the top prize of $2000.
Last year’s defending champion, Jymes Bridges (Antigua and Barbuda) of Team DPS, will be back to battle the best for his chance at the top step on the podium again. Some of the top local names to look for are Tyler Cole (Team DPS), Akil Campbel (Team PSL), Joshua and Adam Alexander (Team Raiders) and of course Emile Abraham (Tobago - Team Pharmaco),who after announcing his official retirement from cycling two years ago, has not quite been able to stay away and is currently the US Masters 40 - 45 Crit National Champion.
Denmark - Nicklas Pedersen
Argentina - Jose Luis Rivera
Colombia - Sebastian Caicedo
Colombia - Camilo Pedroza
Colombia - Cristian Torres
USA - Aria Kiani
USA - Ben Foster
USA - Corey Davis
USA - Winston David
GUYANA - Raynauth Jeffrey
USA – Jake Silverbug
T&T - Emile Abraham
USA - Caroline Baur
USA - Parker Kyzer
Joshua Alexander (Rider present at conference)
Raphael Meran – Dominican Republic (Ride present at conference)
Adderlyn Cruz (Rider who was present at conference)
Maximo Rojas – Venezuela
Andrez Diaz – Venezuela
Stalin Quinterio – Dominican Republic
Nick Stapler – Holland (Big Name)
Marloe Rodman – Jamaica (Came 2nd last year)
Jyme Bridges – Antigua (Defending Champion)
Tyler Cole – T&T