The 5th edition of the Lion route cycling championship was won by Augustine Sesay with a time of 1 hour 55 minutes 30 seconds. In second position was Moses Sesay with a time of 1hour 55 minutes 31 seconds. In third position was Shadrack Williams with a time of 1 hour 55 minutes 32 seconds.
The race started with 47 cyclist’s with 45 Sierra Leoneans, one Guinean Dauda Bangura and one German Andre and also Armen Aslanian who sponsored the competition.
The Cyclists covered a 41 mile distance starting from Family Kingdom, Aberdeen Bridge, Aberdeen road, Wilkinson road, Lumley beach back to Family Kingdom for five times.
The competition was full of momentum as most of the cyclists were more determined to take the lead in the first round. It was the fastest out of all the rounds as all the cyclists were fighting very hard to show supremacy in the competition.
The competition became very exciting during the third rounds with two rounds remaining. The first cyclist to break away was Shadrack Williams but was later joined by the other cyclists in the third rounds
The next two cyclists to break away were Moses Sesay and Alimamy Sesay (Waterloo boy) but the two cyclists were later jointed by the other cyclists
In the final round Augustine Sesay who was not feeling well during the competition but who seemed to have been studying his colleague cyclists throughout the competition, finally made his break away about two miles to the finish maintaining his lead until he finally won.
After the race he told Awoko Sports that winning such race was not a surprise to him as he was undergoing intensive training and he has what it takes to do so.
He mentioned that the only thing that affected him during the competition was that he was suffering from malaria but thankfully God was on his side to make him not only to finish the race but also to win it.
The Vice President of the Association Elizabeth French described the race as very competitive as most of the cyclists were outstanding during the competition with more new cyclists coming on board showing their prowess.
She also disclosed that next year’s competition which will be the sixth edition is going to be great with more cyclists coming on board.