Brighton Zhawi Sports Reporter
A NEW cycling competition has been born and it’s promising to grow into a big one. Around 300 cyclists are expected to compete in the inaugural Arundel Village Cycle Challenge this Saturday at the shopping centre. The Challenge will feature four races – the 5km, 17km, 35km and 50km events. The winner of the main 50km race will get $1 000 while the first finisher in the 35km race will pocket $500. Event organiser Nomhle Mujakachi believes the Arundel Village Cycle Challenge has the potential to be a big national event.
“We want to promote cycling as a sport in Zimbabwe and we are partnership with CABS and Rotary Harare City to connect with customers, supporters, cycling communities and residents of Harare through this iconic, engaging event,” she said.
“We have been endorsed by Cycling Zimbabwe, we have been in touch with various clubs and also Triathlon Zimbabwe so everything is within the required standards. We hope it will become Zimbabwe’s premier cycling event that we can have on an annual basis having other clubs from as far as Victoria Falls, Hwange and the Eastern Highlands, meaning we would also look to open it up to road races and mountain bike races.
“The 50km and 35km events are the main races and they also have a cash prize and a floating trophy . . . everyone else will get a medal for participation. The routes for the 50km and 35km races are going to be mapped on a GPS (global positioning system) so it’s a requirement to have a GPS when one registers. We also partnered with Easitrack we are going to be putting tracking devices especially for the 50km race.” There is also going to be a Family Fun 5km Challenge race on the day.