The maiden Moorhouse-Epe Cycle Race will hold on September 30 in Epe, Lagos, organisers have said. The event would be divided into several categories and would accommodate secondary school children, professionals, and veterans (amateurs).
The course will be an 18km undulating circuit in Epe. According to the organisers, professional cyclists from Nigeria, Africa and Europe have already indicated interest in participating in the race.
“We are proud to be part of this because as a hospitality company, we want to promote tourism; this serves as an opportunity to do just that,” Bruce Prins of Moorhouse Properties said.
It was learnt that female participants would 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 winners will be rewarded with $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. There will also be consolation prizes for the top 10 finishers as well as categories for best team and displays of skill, strategy and stamina. A separate race will be held for the schoolchildren over one 18km lap.
Meanwhile, organisers have confirmed that the Moorhouse-Epe Cycle Race will be an annual event with backing from the Lagos State Sports Commission.
The event would also be used to entertain residents and tourists for the Independence Day, Habiba Balogun, Project Manager, Moorehouse Properties, stated.