Ricky Zililo Sports Reporter
THE country’s top cyclist, Nkulumo Dube, yesterday won the Flying Eagles Cycling Club 72km elite race in one hour 29 minutes 16 seconds.
The race started at the entrance of the Tshabalala Game Sanctuary, 10km out of Bulawayo and participants raced for 36km along Matopo-Kezi Road before making a U-turn to finish where they started.
It was the ninth cycling event of the year in Bulawayo and only attracted a field of 26 cyclists.
Another Bulawayo rising star Thomas Classen crossed the finishing line a minute behind Dube with promising Delwyn Domingo who has been cycling for just a year coming home third in one hour 34 minutes 17 seconds.
Dube, second runner-up in a national event that was held in Harare last month, said it was a competitive race and applauded organisers for arranging the competition.
“I must say this was a very tough race and I had to push hard especially on our way back. The guys in Bulawayo have improved and I tell you, they are very fit and I enjoyed myself.
“I think what Flying Eagles are doing to hold two events a month is very encouraging to cycling because as cyclists we want to train knowing very well that we are going to have competitions. I am looking forward to the next race,” Dube said.
Dube, who represented Zimbabwe at the 2011 All-Africa Games in Maputo and has been having sterling performances on the national circuit, broke away at the 34km mark and could have won by a better time had he not relaxed.
On their way back from Matopo National Park, Classen and Domingo closed in on Dube but the former Zimbabwe champion kept his cool and held on to pole position up to the finishing line.
In the intermediate category, Alex Welsh won the 30km race in 58 minutes 06 seconds with first runner-up being Melusi Ndlovu in one hour one minute 40 seconds while Lungile Nyathi crossed the line in one hour one minute 57 seconds.
The Flying Eagles Cycling Club chairman Chrispen Kazingi said their next race was on 24 August.
“We are happy with the satisfactory turnout that we received. Most riders are away on holiday. Today we had two guest participants Derrick and Samantha Cockirton who are based in Switzerland and we look forward to having more participants in our next race set for 24 August,” said Kazingizi.
1. Alex Welsh 58mins 06sec
2. Melusi Ndlovu 1hr 01min 40sec
3. Lungile Nyathi 1hr 01min 57sec
1. Nkulumo Dube 1hr 29mins 16sec
2. Thomas Classen 1hr 30mins 28sec
3. Delwyn Domingo 1hr 34mins 17sec
1. Bukhosi Ndlovu 38mins 10 sec
2. Melusi Ndlovu 41mins 57sec
3. Clement Ngwabi 42mins 42sec
1. Nkulumo Dube 50mins 07sec
2. Thokozani Ncube 55mins 35sec
3. Thomas Classen 56mins 27sec
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