Team Nigeria cyclists are expected to commence camping in May immediately after the National Sports Festival in Calabar, for the 3rd edition of ECOWAS Cycling Tour.
Team Nigeria’s Technical Director, Mohammed Bashiru, told Extra Time that they will go into camping in May immediately after the National Sports Festival to start preparation for the biannual ECOWAS Cycling Tour scheduled to hold in November.
He said the cyclists will be called early to camp in order to train adequately for the 5-day event that has never been won by Team Nigeria.
“We have never won the ECOWAS Cycling Tour because of inadequate training. This time around we want to win the overall race trophy as well as the different stages,” Bashiru said.
He added that the camp will also serve as preparation for the All Africa Games.
“We want to use one stone to kill two birds; the idea is that we will have the best for the two events. The All Africa Games is in September in Congo and we will return to camp immediately after the Games for the November tour,” he enthused.
Bashiru hinted that the organizers of the tour has extended this year’s edition to Senegal instead of Cote D’Ivoire where the last two editions ended.
“This year, the tour will flag off in Lagos as usual and end in Senegal instead of Ivory Coast where the first two editions ended. All the countries in West Africa are expected to take part in the road race,” he emphasised.
Burkina Faso riders it would be recalled won the first two editions held in 2011 and 2013.
The tour was put together by ECOWAS to promote sporting relationships among the West African countries.
The race begins in Lagos and the cyclists will go through Cotonou, Lome, Accra, Abidjan and end in Dakar.