Lagos City Criterium ‘ll Create Cycling Culture In Nigeria, Says Tinubu
Lagos State Government is planning to leverage on the growth and emergence of the Lagos City Criterium to push for a bigger yearly event to attract tourists to the state using the Tour of Lagos.
Speaking at the press conference organized on Friday in Lagos, Senior Special adviser to Governor Ambode, Tinubu said like Lagos is currently making impact , Cycling also is capable of achieving our own tour Lagos, like Tour the France and so many other tours. Also, not forgetting building a cycling culture to boost the image of the country.
“I’m surprised to see these individuals go as far as the thick bushes in Epe and it feels good to know they cycle that far. And having seen this love and passion they have for the sports, it can only be leading in one direction – ‘Tour of Lagos’.”
Tour of Lagos that is what the cycling event is leading to. We have to show the world that what is done outside the world can also be achieved here in Lagos. Creating a cycling culturein Lagos like we have in other sports. The Lagos State government is committed as we look towards achieving the tour of Lagos.
Over 170 riders and 13 teams from all over Nigeria including Port Harcourt, Abuja and host city Lagos will compete for over N1.5m in total prize monies.“Our idea has always been to help young riders achieve their potentials and we believe the Lagos City Crit is one of the best platform to showcase them,” said Faiz Imam, Chairman Board of trustees of the Foundation.
Imam continued: “We hope from the young ones who are competing tomorrow, we can discover the future of Nigeria in this sport.” Race Director, Mr. Garrick Bassey confirmed that 170 riders have arrived in Lagos to fight for honoursand the race is around a 2.9km crit loop and cuts across different categories including Juniors, Amateur and professionals.
Ex Giro Italia and Tour d’ France rider Andrea Tonti is expected to make a special appearance at the event. The Lagos City Criterium 2017 is the Grand Final of the Crit this year and takes place on Saturday, 11th November 2017 by 7am at Dolphin Estate Road (Second Avenue Estate).