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Cyclists showdown

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THE Lesotho Sky event manager, Kananelo Masia, has announced an open cycling race to be held at the Racecourse in Maseru on Saturday.

According to Masia, the event is open to all cyclists although the spotlight would be on the Lesotho Cycling Association (LCA) members, who are set to use it as part of preparations for the 2014 Lesotho Sky race to be held from 21-26 September.

“We are preparing our riders for the upcoming Lesotho Sky race where they will be competing against international cyclists, hence the 7 June event,” Masia said.
Masia further said the seven best cyclists would be given the chance to choose their own partners, but who have won at least three of five local races.
Such riders must be above 18 years of age, Masia added.
“The best riders will get a chance to choose their own partners, but the associates should have won at least three local races and must be above 18 years of age,” he said.

The 7 June route would be from the Racecourse, around the PTC Mountain and back to the Racecourse for three times, at least, Masia said.
“The 14 cyclists would then qualify for the Lesotho Sky race, which is a 381 kilometre event, through some of the toughest terrain in the land.”

Masia added the LCA was encouraging its members to take part in European races to gain international recognition, and the much-needed experience.
“We are trying to help local cyclists develop to professional levels and with the Lesotho Sky races, they compete against some of the best cyclists from all over the world. Such competition gives them a feel of what it takes to be a professional cyclist,” said Masia.

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