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Salone cyclists leave for Benin tour

By Sahr Morris Jnr.

The Sierra Leone National Cycling Association (NCA-SL) will today depart Freetown by road with four cyclists and two officials for the Republic of Benin ahead of the Tour of Benin which is expected to run from May 13-18.

According to the NCA-SL president, Winston D.C. Crowther, the cycling team dubbed ‘Lion Mountain Riders’ will also compete in the Tour of Mali which will be staged from June 3-7 in Bamako.

Crowther, who is leader of delegation, said they will travel through Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso and then Benin and are expected to cover over 6,400km.

He said: “We decided to reduce the squad from six cyclists to four and three officials to two due to limited resources. The only money we have is the Le20 million provided to us by Mercury International. I must say thanks to them for giving the cyclists the opportunity to grow regardless of a very tight budget.

“I expect the cyclists will do their best in the two tours and I don’t think the travelling mode will have an effect on their performance.”

The four cyclists are: national captain Moses Sesay, Mohamed Thorlley, Augustine Sesay and Arnold M. Bnagura, whilst the officials are: Winston D.C. Crowther and Percy Nicol.