It was a big surprise in this year’s Independence Kaffu Bullom cycling championship when the first three positions were dominated by young cyclists in the association.
Alpha Bangura who just joined the association was able to win this year’s competition with a time of 1; 48; 19; 40.
In second position was another new cyclist Alhaji Conteh was able to complete the competition with a time of 1; 48; 27; 82.
In third position was Alie Kamara who is the current champion of the Western Area Youth Cycling championship with a time of 1; 48; 32; 62. And the next three positions were occupied by the elite cyclists.
Before the start of the race the cyclists were divided into two groups: non-elite cyclists and elite cyclists.
Speaking to Awoko Sports after the race Alpha Bangura said winning the race for him was not a big deal as he had known the strengths of the elite cyclists during their competition to Makeni and back.
He mentioned that he was going to maintain his position in other competitions and would embark on intensive training.
The first group to start the race was the non-elite cyclists. After they started, five minutes later the elite cyclists also started and the cyclists were able to complete two lapses starting from the Airport gate to Ferry Terminal covering about 18 miles
The lapses were supposed to be three but because of the late arrival of the four Guinean cyclists for the competition the lapses were reduced to two instead of the three. The elite cyclists comprised the four Guinean cyclists
During the presentation ceremony at the Airport canteen the guest speaker Hon Kanu of constituency 54 said one thing that moved him to come on board was the name given to the competition Kaffu Bullom championship.
He mentioned that come next yea’s competition the winner would come from Bullom as he would do everything in his power to encourage youths to start training for next year‘s competition.
Hon Kanu went further that he appreciated the Guinean cyclists coming to Sierra Leone to take part in this year’s Kaffu Bullom championship. He noted that every cyclist was a winner in the competition
The president of the association Winston D.C Crowther in his statement thanked Hon Kanu for his support
He went further that when the event started some years ago they were having about five sponsors but as time went by only the Airport Authority was able to continue its sponsorship with the association which they appreciated very much.
About 35 cyclists took part in the competition with 31 Sierra Leone cyclists and four Guineans, and out of the 35 cyclists only about 12 cyclists were able to receive money as their prizes.
During the competition the turnout of the Lungi people was outstanding as they were supporting the cyclists.