CyclingLagos says the sport will be staged in the Federal Capital Territory and Calabar in 2019, the organizers said on Wednesday.
The Chairman of CyclingLagos, Soji Adeyemi, spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) against the backdrop of successful staging of the cyclists competition in Lagos last Saturday.
No fewer than 562 cyclists participated in the maiden edition which started from Teslim Balogun Stadium to Third Mainland Bridge through Carter Bridge back to Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
He said they had received invitations to extend the competition to other states having had a successful staging of the first edition of CyclingLagos.
“With the success rate of CyclingLagos, we have received many invitations to staged it elsewhere and we have decided to have three editions next year which will start from Abuja and other states.
“For now, the plan is to stage same competition in Abuja come January next year and thereafter, we will stage the CyclingLagos in August and also Calabar Municipal tour by November 2019.
“We have good lessons learnt from the last competition; it has opened our eyes to the need and yearnings of cyclists to have competitions which we must see to.
“The first edition of the CyclingLagos has been a huge success and also it fulfilled its mandate of getting the cyclists together and compete which they are happy for it,” he told NAN.
Adeleye said Nigeria was blessed with talented cyclists which only good competitions could help to discover.
“Nigeria is truly blessed with good cyclists but we need to discover them through competitions. CyclingLagos is a true test of what I am talking about because I am surprised with the level of participation.
“I am particularly surprised to see that number of cyclists in Lagos, not that they are cyclists alone, but talented and even those that just want to be involved for pleasure.
“The only thing we need from the government is bicycle tracks to help the cyclists train and for those who want to ride to keep fit and healthy.
“We need to have more competitions for the cyclists because that is the only means to get them engaged and also encourage others who might be interested in the sport,’’ he said.