The popularity of sports cycling in West Africa is set to move a notch higher as the town of Epe in Lagos State will host cyclists from around the globe.
The maiden edition of the Moorhouse-Epe Cycle Race will hold on Sunday, 30th September 2018 on the eve of Independence Day. This event would be divided into several categories and would accommodate secondary school children, professionals, and veterans (amateurs).
The course will be an 18-kilometre undulating circuit within and around Epe Town on smooth roads newly reconstructed by Lagos State. Participants will take in the main sights of the town, the gateway to Epe, the Marina, and the hinterland. The hilly topography of Epe Town is certain to make for an intense ride. Professional cyclists from around Nigeria, Africa and Europe have already indicated interest to participate in the Moorhouse-Epe Cycle Race.
“We are proud to be part of this because as a hospitality company, we want to promote tourism and this serves as an opportunity to do just that,” said Mr. Bruce Prins of Moor House Properties.
Organizers have confirmed that female participants will race the same distances and have an equal share of prize monies as their male counterparts. Professionals will cover a distance of 108km, while the distance for veterans (amateurs) is 54km. The first, second and third place finishers will be rewarded with $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 prizes respectively. There will also be lots of consolation prizes to win for the first ten finishers as well as categories for best team and displays of skill, strategy & stamina. A separate race will be held for the schoolchildren over one 18km lap.
Organizers meanwhile have confirmed that The Moorhouse-Epe Cycle Race will be an annual event with backing from the Lagos State Sports Commission who were present at the Press Conference confirming their unflinching support to the race organizers, Moorhouse Properties.