The Sierra Leone National Cycling Team, on Sunday retained the third ECOWAS peace cycling tour for Mano River Union Countries in Conakry, after winning the past two competitions at home and in Liberia respectively.
About 30 Cyclists took part in the competition; with the host Guinea having 18 Cyclists, while Sierra Leone and Liberia have 6 Cyclists each
The competition was organized on a closed circuit of 4 km which was raced 12 times+35 km for a global distance of 83km.
The competition took a different dimension when only two lapses remained; as the Cyclists were then divided into three different groups, with five of the Cyclists from Sierra Leonean in the first batch. This placed them in a vantage position to retain the trophy.
In the last lapse the five Sierra Leonean Cyclists, including one Liberian and two Guineans break away, with Augustine Sesay and Moses Sesay leading the break-away Cyclists.
They were able to maintain their pace and at the end of the race, Sierra Leone secured the first two positions; followed by Liberia and Guinea, with the other two Sierra Leonean Cyclists, Unisa Kargbo and Alimamy Sesay in 5th and 6th position respectively.
Speaking to Awoko sports after the race, the winner Augustine Sesay said his dream has come true; and that he was able to achieve this due to the support he received from executive members especially the President Winston Crowther.
The Sierra Leone delegation was able to succeed, as they were given due support by the Deputy Ambassador Alhaji Lahai Koroma and staff of the Sierra Leone Embassy in Guinea, who were also present during the race. This served as a motivation to the Cyclists as the Sierra Leone flag was flying high.