The National Cyclist Association of Sierra Leone (NCA-SL) over the weekend selected five cyclists that will compete in the forthcoming Tour De' Ivory Coast. The five cyclists include: Moses Sesay, Hilary Gerber, Augustine Sesay, Mohamed Thorlley and Sulaiman Bah. They were selected for the tour after securing qualification spots in a day's trial organized by the Association at Waterloo.
The trial, which was expected to have been staged in two laps from Waterloo to Tokeh and back, was only limited to a single lap due to a heavy down pour of rain. However, the Association was able to select the team after a combative lap ride.
At the end of the ride, national captain Moses Sesay led the first pack and was followed by Hilary Gerber who will be making his debut in an international tour.
The country's top cyclist, Augustine Sesay headed the second pack of riders with 2010 national champion Mohamed Thorlley chasing behind, whilst Sulaiman Bah finished behind Thorlley.
The NCA-SL tour organizer who also doubles as the Association's treasurer, Solomon Collier, said he was impressed with the cyclists' enthusiasm and determination despite the heavy down pour of rain. "I was much impressed with their attitude despite the rain; they defied it and made sure that they accomplished the plan of the association," he said adding that with such determination in them they are going to excel in the upcoming 10 days' tour.
The Sierra Leone cycling delegation is expected to depart the country by road on August 31 with their president Winston D.C. Crowther as leader of delegation. Also part of the delegation are two NCA-SL officials, Yusus Alie and Curtis Johnson.
The tour will run from September 6 to 16 and this will mark the first time Sierra Leone will be competing in the competition.