The Fourth Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Ethiopian Cycling race has been concluded colourfully over the weekend in and around Harar aiming at celebrating the 11th Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day.
This sporting event is the fourth edition this year that is contributing utmost share to expanding the sport and strengthening ties of Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of the nation.
In the race that took about ten days Guna Cycling Sport Club won the total men race category. And Temesegen Mebratu from Gunna has also been the individual winner of the race.
Moreover, Tsega Gebre from Mesfin Industrial Engineering Cycling Club has won an individual 160kms women race category.
Ethiopian cyclists coming from abroad have also taken part in the tournament. And some 13 male clubs and four women cycling competing groups and a total of 106 cyclists participated in this year's tour cycling tournament.
Vice president of the Federation Worku Geda recently said that celebrating Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day with a cycling race is very appropriate as sport is a public event which would strengthen nation's unity as well as develop the sport.
According to Fanuel Minase, who is a Competition and Training Senior Expert in the Ethiopian Cycling Federation, this year's tour is different in that it has included women participants and two clubs from the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples State which adds flavor to the tour.
The race covers 700kms total distance and passes through major areas in Eastern Ethiopia direction such as Harari, Diredawa, Jiggiga and back to Harari at the end where this year's 11th edition of Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day celebration is to be hosted.
According to the information from the Ethiopian Cycling Federation, such tour cycling races are reflecting and boosting the equality of Nations, Nationalities and Peoples by enabling them exchange experiences and ample values. Moreover, the opportunity will be a means to develop cycling sport across the nation as well.