EIGHTY cyclists have registered for this weekend’s National Time Trial and National Road Race organised by the Cycling Association of Zambia (CAZ).

The cyclists will start today with the National Individual Time Trial Championship which is a 25-kilometre time trial race in Lusaka’s Multifacility Economic Zone.

Tomorrow, cyclists in the elite men’s category will ride from Lusaka to Kafue Gorge and back in a 140-kilometre race.

In the women’s elite category, participants will ride from Lusaka to Kafue and back, covering a distance of 80 kilometres, same as the intermediate men’s cycling category.

For the beginners in both men’s and women’s categories, cyclists will participate in the 40-kilometres race which covers Lusaka to Shimabala and back.

To confirm that all is set, the association led by Andrew Chibuye, has exceeded its budget for the two-day event, thanks to the corporate world which has rendered support.

CAZ has managed to exceed its K169,000 target, with an extra K205,000 coming from various corporate entities.

Sponsors were divided in categories namely gold, silver, and platinum.

The platinum category attracted sponsors such as Price Waterhouse Coopers, Zanaco, and Kansashi Mine, each of them contributing K50,000.

The gold category attracted one sponsor only, Lafarge Cement, which brought in K25,000.

And the silver sponsors include the Zambia Industrial Commercial Bank and Zambia Sugar Plc, with each contributing K15,000 each.

Other sponsors include Coca-Cola , Ross Breeders, Sandy’s Creations, Lusaka South Multi Facility Economic Zone which provide the venue, the Road Transport and Safety Agency, and the Zambia Police Service.

A significant level of participation among the 80 registered cyclists is expected from elite riders.

Kansanshi Cycling, Twin Palm Bike Club and Nakambala Cycling have entered strong teams to battle over the two days.

Among the favourites include Twin Palm Bike Club’s Obert Chembe, Yanjanani Sakala and Omar Mweene.

On the other hand, Kansanshi Cycling Club will put their money on Agoster Jilowa, Ernest Mazabuka and Bedias Tunkanya as they battle it out over the 120-kilometre route to Kafue Gorge and back.

CAZ president Andrew Chibuye told The Mast Sport that the association expected to see a very competitive event from the cyclists, looking at the efforts put in so far.

“We expect a very competitive event; we have put in our best as the association and all remains with cyclists themselves to give in their best,” said Chibuye.

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