Gaborone — Given its growing popularity, the 2020 Jwaneng General Manager's Charity Cycle Race is expected to be bigger and better by attracting a sizeable number of local and international riders.
The annual race is slated for Debswana Club on February 16 at Jwaneng.
In an interview recently, the secretary general of Jwaneng Cycling Club, Poloko Kegaisitse said the GM race was held annually with the aim of making a positive socio-economic impact in the Southern District community.
Kegaisitse noted that they werre expecting more than 150 cyclists to compete in the different categories of the race.
The race will feature 120km which is the main race, 60km and the 30km fun ride as well as the 10km children's race.
The last edition of the race, Kegaisitse indicated, attracted international cyclists such as South Africa's Nolan Hoffman and Clint Hendricks as well as Zimbabwe's Advocate Phiri and Andrew Chikwaka.
With the popularity it gained over the years, Kegaisitse said they were confident of the quality of riders both locally and internationally that would compete in this year's race.
The level of competition, she noted, contributed to growth of the sport in the country.
"The race is a platform for local cyclists to test their strength against their international counterparts," stated Kegaisitse.
In addition, she said the race also aims to promote and encourage healthy lifestyle for participants across all age groups. Starting from Debswana Club, the race route will give riders some excitement of going through the village of Sese with a category 4 climb.
Registration for the race is ongoing at www.protime.co.bw with 120km and 60km at P250 each, the 30km and 10km races are P150 and P100 respectively.
With Debswana as the main sponsors of the race, Jwaneng GMs charity cycle last year generated funds towards a borehole drilling project in the community of Mahotshwane in the Southern District.
Kegaisitse indicated that the aim of drilling the borehole was to provide safe clean water for the community.
Jwaneng GMs charity cycle race is supported by Komatsu, Paramount, Puma, Mascom, Barloworld, Cresta, Fluid Systems, Nandos, Masteka, Anaconda Security as well as Davebouy Worx.
Source : BOPA