Geoffrey Langat won the Kenya Pipeline elite 120km cycling category race held on over the weekend in Eldoret and Iten.
Coming from Iten, Langat who trains with Kenya Riders camp in Iten clocked 2:05.00 hours to win the mountain bike category that started Eldoret’s Pipeline Company and ended in Iten.
He was followed by Alex Kipruto to second in 2:07.00 while Joseph Githambo Kamau placed third in 2:07.02.
Andrew Kimutai (2:09.00) and Cornelius Kipkemboi (2:09.02) followed in that order as Kenyans swept the top ten positions as Uganda’s Samuel Sabwanyi finished eleventh .
Langat who finished fourth overall during the Tour De Machakos opened a gap after 40km ride descending the Iten viewpoint in his top gear.
Gathimbo who had led the race before Iten then followed him but the experienced rider Langat’s skills could not much those of his compatriots as he breathed his way upward Tambach hilly course.
He maintained his gap to the tape at the Pipeline depot in Eldoret.
“I am very delighted by the victory and I had prepared myself for it because I am focusing on the commonwealth Games,” Langat said.
Last year he placed fifth overall during the Australia race and in two weeks he will be heading to Europe for build up racers ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
The Kenya Riders Association coach Ciaran Fitzpatrick said the races in Europe will serve as build up for the team.
“We intend to take our team to Europe so that they can get exposed and come next year they will compete in Australia for the commonwealth Games,” he said.
In the ladies category, Nancy Akinyi carried with 2:45.00 hours in the 100km duel while Ruth Wairimu timed 3:08.00 and Dorine Lwimbali of Uganda finished 3:11.00.
Kenya Cycling Federation secretary general Charles Mose, consistency in the series will be used in selecting the team for the Games in Australia.