Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The Sierra Leone National Cycling Association (SLNCA) is set to make history as it launches the first-ever Salone Cycling Cup Series, debuting tomorrow, Friday, November 24, 2023, in the heart of the Freetown Municipality.
The Salone Cycling Cup Series is a groundbreaking initiative, marking the maiden event organized by the SLNCA executive, which assumed leadership responsibilities approximately five months ago. Abdul Karim Kamara, also known as Stylish, a member of the SLNCA executive, expressed excitement about the event, highlighting its uniqueness in the African Region and the association’s commitment to establishing it as a monthly sporting project to support athletes.
This series is not confined to Freetown; it will traverse the entire country, with scheduled events in Lunsar on November 26 and subsequent races in Makeni, Kono, Kenema, and Bo cities. The grand finale of the Cup Series is anticipated to be a thrilling culmination of this cycling spectacle.
Stylish explained that riders from all corners of the country are expected to participate, with the top-performing individual cyclist standing a chance to win a staggering Le 100,000,000 (NLe 100,000). The unique point-based system will be used to determine the best rider, with points accumulating for each race and graded based on position.
The SLNCA has organized categories for Elite, female, and junior riders, each with its set of prizes. Winners of each race, along with the grand final winners in each category, will be honoured with prizes. This pioneering effort is aimed at providing unprecedented opportunities for Sierra Leonean cyclists and putting the nation on the map in the global cycling arena.
Stylish emphasized the importance of continuous training for cyclists, urging them to seize this monumental opportunity. He called on Sierra Leoneans, businesses, philanthropists, and individuals to throw their support behind the Cycling Association, emphasizing the significance of collaborative efforts for the growth and recognition of cycling within Sierra Leone and beyond.
The Freetown leg of the race is proudly sponsored by Tacugama, with a special partnership commemorating National Chimpanzee Week. LeCol, a UK apparel company, is sponsoring the Lunsar race, and Rapha, another UK apparel company, is supporting the Makeni race. The Ministry of Sports, the National Sports Authority (NSA), and the National Olympic Committee (NOC) are also playing pivotal roles as sponsors.
As the nation eagerly awaits the inaugural Salone Cycling Cup Series, the SLNCA remains committed to building and promoting cycling within Sierra Leone, showcasing the country’s potential to host top-tier sporting events. BT/23/11/2023