No fewer than 250 cyclists from 16 states of the federation will take part in the inaugural edition of the Cyclefest Race billed to begin at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on Sunday June 16, 2013.
The Cyclefest Race which has been sanctioned by the Nigeria Cycling Federation and the Lagos State Cycling Association, is the first privately organised cycling race in Nigeria and will be competed for in four major categories namely: Men professional, Female professional, Men recreational and Female recreational.
The 16 state teams taking part in the race are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Kaduna, Gombe, Nassarawa, Borno, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Lagos, Rivers and Imo while Lifestyle Cycling Club (Port Harcourt).
Cycology Cycling Club (Lagos), Road Runners and Recreational Cycling Club (Lagos) and OldBastids (Nigeria) make up for the clubs.
A total of 270km of roads to be covered by the different categories with officials from the Nigeria Cycling Federation will be in charge of the officiating and timekeeping.
The routes are: National Stadium – Eko Bridge – Marina – Bonny Camp – Ahmadu Bello – Bar Beach – 1004 – Falomo – Bourdilon – Foreshore – 3MB – Oworoshoki – Ojota – Otedola gardens – Alausa – Awolowo Way – Allen.Opebi – Sheraton – Bank Anthony – Airport – AgegeMotorWay – Oshodi – Anthony – MaryLand – Ikorodu Road – Western Avenue back to Stadium
Bashir Mohammed, Technical Director, Nigeria Cycling Federation revealed that the race is aimed at giving opportunities to cyclists in the country to showcase their talents and skills as lots of prizes have been earmarked for the winners.
“The federation coach will also use the championship to select male and female cyclists that will represent the country in the 2013 African Cycling Championship in Egypt and the ECOWAS International Cycling Tour from Lagos to Senegal in the months of September and November respectively,” he added.
Similarly, Mr. T. Iboroma Akpana, a founding member of Lifestyle Cycling Club, Port Harcourt said, “This bike race is inspiring a whole generation to challenge themselves to a life of better health and a sustainable environment.”