The Addis Coca Cola cycling race series will come to a close the coming Sunday at the Addis Ababa Stadium venue, the event organizer the Addis Ababa Cycling Federation, (AACF), announced.
According to the AACF President Rezene Beyene, the Sunday closing day race will be the 12th round of the season’s race.
“We carried out colourful races for the last 11 times in different venues. The first round that began at the Addis Ababa Stadium drew thousands of cycling fans. This was known ahead of the race because the stadium had the capacity to attract huge crowd. We expect the similar flooding of people the coming Sunday,” Rezene said.
In his view the second most watched race was the Ledeta-Karl Henze venue race. The Tsion Hotel-Wingate race has one speciality. The road is comfortable for the riders, the President noted.
The other venue that attracted record participants, 111 contenders, was also an important venue for the cycling race.
Of the 11 rounds, the most gruelling race was the 6km race up the hill to Intoto Saint Marry Church from Sidist Kilo Memorial Monument. In this gruelling race the Electric’s trio, Birhanu Belayneh, Abebe Beyene and Surafel Yehalashet, made a sweeping victory taking all the top three places, in the order of that.
This race also took place in 6km men’s mountain bike in the same route. The organizers pointed out that going up the hill was indeed exhausting.
Meanwhile, on Sunday the 20km and 40km races took place on the road to Debre Birhan starting from Legedadi.
The races attracted five cycling teams, Garad, Electric, Youth Academy, Ethiopian Grain Trade Enterprise (EGTE) and the African Refugee side.
In the 20km race Youth Academy emerged first leaving behind Electric and Garad to take the second and third places, in the order of that. This race drew cyclists from Yeka Sub-city.
In the 40km road race, the African Refugee side took title while Youth Academy finished second. The third place was won by the EGTE.
The Sunday race was one of the series of events that took place in this Ethiopian season under the name of Addis Coca Cola cycling club race.
This cycling competition is sponsored by Coca Cola East Africa Bottling Share Company. The sponsorship deal was set for the coming one year with the possibility of extension.
Under this sponsorship deal the AACF will get 500,000 birr from Coca Cola East Africa Bottling SC for one year.
The sole factor for Coca Cola East Africa Bottling Share Company to sponsor cycling race is to help promote the sports at the national level.
The Addis Ababa Cycling Federation, (AACF), has invited the enthusiastic cycling fans to witness the coming Sunday final race for free at the Addis Ababa Stadium.