Tsela Riders Stage Botswana Classic

| May 13, 2015

Tsela Riders Cycling Club will stage the second edition of the three-stage Builders World Botswana Classic from May 29 to 31.

The race will be sponsored to the tune of P200 000 and is expected to be bigger and better this year, having attracted cyclists from the region. Cyclists from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mozambique are expected to compete in the event.

The race will start with a fast and furious prologue time trial in the evening of May 29 when cyclists will compete in a one lap of a four kilometre circuit starting at the Three Chiefs Monuments in Gaborone’s Central Business District.

It will be followed by a 74km road race from Taung to Mmankgodi on Saturday, then a one hour circuit race in the CBD that same afternoon. On Sunday there will be a 109km road race starting and finishing at Grand palm.

Finally there will be several fun rides including kiddies ride, as well as 20km and 60km races. The director of Builders World, Imraan Sardar said cycling races like this one are very important in the cycling world.

He said similar races in other countries have become big events in the racing calendar, and attract big publicity and have become a major boost to local economies.

Sardar urged spectators to attend the event in large numbers and enjoy cycling. He said maximum security will be available for spectators. The chairman of Tsela Riders, Game Mompe said they were expecting a big turn-up this year.

She said they are targeting about 200 participants compared to 90 who honoured the event last year. She said the focus of this event is to promote cycling in Botswana, and promote Gaborone and surrounding areas as an attractive and exciting venue and destination for a sporting event.

The winner of the race in the men’s category will walk away with P4 000, position two will get P2 500, third prize will be P1 500 while fourth prize will be P1 250 and fifth prize P1 000.

In ladies category the winner will walk away with P3 500, second prize is P2 500 third prize is P1 500 while position four and five will get P1 250 and P1 000.

The winner of the juniors aged 17 to 22 years will pocket P2 000, number two will get P1 500, position three and four will be rewarded with P1 000 and P750, whilst position five will walk away with P500.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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