|Thursday, 21 October 2004|
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Cycling Cyclone 2004 heading towards Colombo
by Bernard Perera
Cycling Cyclone 2004 organised by Interim Committee for Cycling in Sri Lanka, National Mountain Biking Association and Intermediate Technology Development Group will be held on November 7.
The aim of this event will be to educate the urban masses about the cycle which is considered as a poorman's mode of transport and the sport.
According to organisers the Cycling Cyclone 2004 will prove to the general public of the importance of the cycle.
The push bicycle popular among many in this country deserves a special position. At present it is mostly used by the rural folk for their day to day activities and as a sport during the festive season.
The cycle has many advantages said Yohan Abeynayake of the Intermediate Technology Development Group who joined this act to prove the value of the cycle. It does not pollute the environment. It cuts down your transport cost and also mainly helps keep you healthy. Considering these factors it is necessary to educate the masses about the value of a cycle said Abeynayake.
He added that Sri Lankan use the cycle in many ways, the fish monger, school children (specially the rural folk), the newspaper boy and many others make use of this vehicle. To day it has become important for everyone to think of the present situation especially the environment and the transport problem faced by the people of Sri Lanka.
"This can be overcome if more and more people use this two wheeler which also can serve as an automatic exercise which is important for a person who is highly engaged in their work. This exercises keep the users healthy."
Our organisation along with the Interim Committee for Cycling in Sri Lanka and the National Mountain Biking Association have taken steps to provide the Cycle Cylone 2004 with over 3000 participants.
The Cylone 2004 is scheduled to commence from two points Ja-Ela and Moratuwa at 7 a.m. on Nov. 7. These cyclists from all walks of life will converge at Viharamahadevi Park around 10.00 a.m.
On arrival they will witness many novel things. The organisers have made arrangement to conduct cycle races on the Viharamahadevi circuit. Many events are scheduled to be conducted in different classes, (standard and racing).
Meanwhile the National Mountain Biking Association too will conduct six events for different age categories. The categories are under 13, 16, 19 and open, fun race and the masters.
All cyclists interested in participating in this event are requested to contact the following NMBA, head office, 524, Maradana Road, Colombo 10.
The Interim Committee for Cylong intends to conduct 20 laps race for Elite Riders (Racing) and a 15 lap run for Riders on Standard Bikes.
The days proceedings will be conducted in a carnival atmosphere with many surprises for the whole family to enjoy.
Entry coupons appear in Dinamina and Daily News. Those interested can use them to send in their entries. Entries should be addressed to National Mountain Biking Association, 524 Maradana Road, Colombo 10.
All winners will be awarded valuable prizes soon after the events are completed.
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