90 cyclists for 3rd ECOWAS cycling tour

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Some 90 cyclists from the 15 member nations of the sub-regional body, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), will participate in the 3rd ECOWAS International Cycling Tour, scheduled for 13-17 Nov.

The number of participants represents an increase over the 66 who featured in the last edition in 2012.

The tour is expected to start in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos and terminate in the Ivorian commercial capital, Abidjan.

According to Francis Njoaguani, the Director of ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre in Ouagadougou, the race will go over four stages and cover 450 kilometres.

The stages are Lagos-Cotonou; Ouidah-Lome; Accra-Cape Coast and Aboisso-Abidjan, with three motorised transfers in between.

''The caravan will traverse five countries -- Nigeria, (starting point), Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana and Cote d’ Ivoire (the finishing point),'' Njoaguani said. ''There will be cash award prizes and trophies for winners at various stages of the race as well as the overall tour winner in both individual and team standings. There will also be prizes for sprints and the best young cyclist in the tour.''

The race was initiated by ECOWAS to further promote the ideals of regional integration of free movement of persons across various borders.

Burkina Faso emerged the overall winner of the first and second editions of the competition, held in 2009 and 2012 respectively.
-0- PANA TN/SEG 7Nov2013

07 november 2013 15:17:51

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