New cy­cling event springs up

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Brighton Zhawi

A NEW cy­cling com­pe­ti­tion has been born and it’s promis­ing to grow into a big one.

Around 300 cy­clists are ex­pected to com­pete in the in­au­gu­ral Arun­del Vil­lage Cy­cle Chal­lenge this Satur­day at the shop­ping cen­tre.

The Chal­lenge will fea­ture four races - the 5km, 17km, 35km and 50km events.

The win­ner of the main 50km race will get $1 000 while the first fin­isher in the 35km race will pocket $500.

Event or­gan­iser Nomhle Mu­jakachi be­lieves the Arun­del Vil­lage Cy­cle Chal­lenge has the po­ten­tial to be a big na­tional event.

“We want to pro­mote cy­cling as a sport in Zim­babwe and we are part­ner­ship with CABS and Ro­tary Harare City to con­nect with cus­tomers, sup­port­ers, cy­cling com­mu­ni­ties and res­i­dents of Harare through this iconic, en­gag­ing event,” she said.

“We have been en­dorsed by Cy­cling Zim­babwe, we have been in touch with var­i­ous clubs and also Triathlon Zim­babwe so ev­ery­thing is within the re­quired stan­dards.

“We hope it will be­come Zim­babwe’s pre­mier cy­cling event that we can have on an an­nual ba­sis hav­ing other clubs from as far as Vic­to­ria Falls, Hwange and the East­ern High­lands, mean­ing we would also look to open it up to road races and moun­tain bike races.

“The 50km and 35km events are the main races and they also have a cash prize and a float­ing tro­phy . . . ev­ery­one else will get a medal for par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“The routes for the 50km and 35km races are go­ing to be mapped on a GPS (global po­si­tion­ing sys­tem) so it’s a re­quire­ment to have a GPS when one reg­is­ters.

“We also part­nered with Ea­sitrack we are go­ing to be putting track­ing de­vices es­pe­cially for the 50km race.”

There is also go­ing to be a Fam­ily Fun 5km Chal­lenge race on the day.

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