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16th January 2012, 11:32 PM
Sunyani, (B/A) Jan. 16, GNA – The Brong-Ahafo Regional branch of the Ghana Cycling Federation (GCF) at the weekend organised a one day individual justify-your-inclusion time-trial cycling competition in Sunyani.

Five cyclists of Sunyani River Park Cycling Association participated in the 45 kilometre race that started from the Nyamaa Basic School in Sunyani to Terchire on the main Sunyani-Kumasi Highway road and back.

The cyclists were Anthony Boakye, Kofi Logo, a senior high school graduate, Prince Boakye, a 16-year-old visual arts student of Twene Amanfo SHS and a member of last year's Nunu-cum-Milo organised national cycling race, Wisdom Akakpo, 18 and Kennedy Ameyaw, 21, self-employed.

Mr Albert Nii Ayi Oku, Treasurer and a member of the Technical Committee of the National Federation told GNA Sports shortly after the race that the competition was part of the Federation's exercise to select a formidable team to represent the nation in the forthcoming ECOWAS Cycle competition.

He said the six-day ECOWAS competition, expected to feature five-member countries, would commence on February 15 this year.

All the competitors will converge in Nigeria for the take off then pass through Benin, Togo, Ghana and finish in La Cote d'Ivoire on February 20, covering between 42 and 46 kilometres on each leg.

Mr Oku expressed regret that the sloppy, hilly nature of the Sunyani-Terchire route, lacked support of the Police personnel to prevent intruders on the road to enable the riders have smooth, uninterrupted riding and which prevented none of the riders to make the Federation's time of one hour seven minutes dead or below for the distance.

Prince Boakye, a national star, in view of the hindrance and shortfalls only managed to make a time of one hour 20 minutes and six seconds, whilst Anthony Boakye, who emerged the best rider among the competitors returned in a time of one hour 15 minutes, followed by Logo, who was timed one hour 19.08 seconds.

Ameyaw covered the distance in one hour 21 minutes 9 seconds and Akakpo one hour 22.26 seconds.

Mr Oku said Anthony Boakye and Prince Boakye would be invited for the final national pruning of the riders in Accra soon, which would cover a distance of 38 kilometres.

Meanwhile, some interested riders in the Sunyani Metropolis have expressed dismay about the poor organisation of the exercise. They told the GNA Sports, “We only learnt about the exercise on the radio less than two hours before the event”.

Mr Richard Zigah, the regional coach of the Cyclists Association explained that although the information on the competition was received late from Accra, he managed to inform the Regional Sports Authority about the event and they had to make alternate arrangements at the last minute to get a regional representatives for the national event.