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First Highway cycle race on Jan. 14 in Meerigama

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Minister of Highways Johnston Fernando briefing the media regard the first ever cycle race on a Highway road at the Highway Ministry Battaramulla yesterday. Picture by Dushmantha Mayadunne

The first ever cycle race to be held on a Highway will be worked off on January 14 from Meerigama High way entrance at 8.30 a.m.

The race covering a distance of 80 km from Meerigama to Kurunegala towards the highway road marks a new chapter for the cyclists as for the first time, they will be able to participate in a race with out any road traffic. The cycle race will be conducted by the Cycling Federation in collaboration with the Sports Ministry.

The cycle race will be conducted in two categories, junior and super. The super race will consist of most of our top ranking 125 cyclists. The under 19 age group race will have 70 cyclists. The super team event will start first while ten compititors each from both events will receive attractive cash awards. The first place will receive Rs. 100,000 while the second and third places will receive Rs. 75,000 and Rs. 50,000 cash awards. In addition, the seven to tenth place winners will receive cash awards at the awards ceremony.

The cyclists from 30 clubs including from three Forces, Port Authority, Dehiwela-Mt.Lavinia Municipal Council, Civil Aviation will take part in this event which is expected to make good competition after Global pendamic period.

Minister of Highways Johnston Fernando said at the press briefing yesterday, this is going to be historical moment for the cyclists and hope more competitors will compete in this event.

“Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa requested to conduct this event in collaboration with the Cycling Federation and we were able to organise this with in a very short period. More than Rs. 800,000 will be awarded in prize money to encourage cyclists. We will open a new highway section on 15th”. (D.R)

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – 01:00

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