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Eldoret hosts cyclist race

Top ranking bicycle peddlers will this weekend lock horns in Eldoret as Kenya Cycling Federation hosts the competition on Sunday as they seek to select a formidable team ahead of Commonwealth Games next year.

After getting sponsorship from Kenya Pipeline together with Fine Touch will start at the Pipline, the event will be significant for peddlers who will cover different distances from Eldoret to Iten.

The journey will start at Kenya Pipeline company in Eldoret before taking a loop for three times in Eldoret town then to Tambach and ends at Iten View point.

It will used as a build up for the Team selection for the Commonwealth Games set for next year April in Australia.

Senior cyclers will cover a total of 120km while junior men and women black mamba will compete for the 100km.

Joseph Gichora will lead an elite  men’s category includes Suleiman Kangangi, Samuel Ekiru  and Samuel Echwa while Nancy Akinyi, Joyce Nyaruri, Ruth Wairimu, Musoliza Doreen and  and Caroline Ondiege lines up in the women’s race.

Juniors will have Joseph Gathiambo, Peter Simiyu, Evan Kimani, Salim Kipkemboi and Stephen Miano among others.

Kenya cycling Federation Secretary General Charles Mose said the series are important and time performance in the events will be a yardstick in selecting a team for Commonwealth Games.

“We are looking for a time performance of at least 2 hours 15 minutes. That will be good. Last weekend we were in Thika for the same event and we are moving around the country,”Mose said.

He said Kenya has strong cyclers and they will come up with the best after the series.

“The event is open for everybody and there is no registration fee because we don’t want anybody to be locked out,” he added.

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