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Fourteen teams for LSR- Sri Lanka T-Cup

Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara addressinga press briefing regarding the LSR T-Cup Cycle Race at the Olympic House, Race Course on Wednesday flanked by President of the Cycling Federation of Sri Lanka N.Karunaratne and Chairman of Lanka Sportsreizen Thilak Weerasinghe.
Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara addressinga press briefing regarding the LSR T-Cup Cycle Race at the Olympic House, Race Course on Wednesday flanked by President of the Cycling Federation of Sri Lanka N.Karunaratne and Chairman of Lanka Sportsreizen T

The 2nd edition of LSR- Sri Lanka T Cup, an International Cycle Race organized by Lanka Sportreizen (LSR)in Sri Lanka, bringing the experience of an international racing circuit to Sri Lanka's sports enthusiasts will be worked off from May 4 to 6. The race will begin from Passikudah on May 4 and will proceed to Mahiyangana via Welikandy, Dimbulagala, Pallegama,Dehiattakandiya and Giraandurukotte over a distance of 133 kilometers.

On May 5th the race will begin from Mahiyangana and will proceed along Hasalaka, Udadumbara, Hunnasgiriya, Digana, Tennekumbura and end up in Kandyover a distance of 92 kilometers. On the third day the race will proceed from Kandy to Negombo via Katugastota, Galagedara, Mawathagama, Kurunegala, Narammala, Giriulla, Pannala and Dankotuwa over a distance of 125 kilometers. In their endeavour to promote sporting events in Sri Lanka, it was their intention to expose the lesser known areas of Sri Lanka which are reawakening due to the development of tourism using the best known icon for Sri Lanka Tea.

Some of the events they have organised include the LSR Colombo Marathon, Rumble in the Jungle(Mountain Biking Challenge), Vittel Amazon (Adventure Challenge), WQS Surfing with the Surfing Professionals, Sri Lankan Golf Classic, etc

With the thinking, the “Sri Lanka T-Cup” Road Cycling Event was introduced and successfully conducted last year with the participation of 62 including 35 international riders. The event commenced from Passikudah which has developed due to tourism located in the East of Sri Lanka to the well-known Negombo which is in the West Coast.. Hence it was a “Coast to Coast” exercise.

The inaugural event was such a success that the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) – the Governing Body for Cycling in the world had no hesitation in recognising it as a Class 2.2 Race making itthe only International Cycling Race in South Asia, which has been ratified by the UCI.

A total of 14 teams from 11 countries have confirmed their participation. The teams: Oliver’s Real Food Racing(Australia), Team France Defence (France), Kinan Cycling Team (Japan), TeamUKYO (Japan), Vino-Astana Motors (Kazakhstan), Gaypeone Team (Korea), NEX CCNCycling Team (Laos), National Team (Malaysia), Terengganu Cycling Team(Malaysia), Go for Gold (Philippines), NEX Cycling Team (Singapore), RoojaiCycling Team (Thailand), National Team (Sri Lanka) and President’s Team (SriLanka).

The Lanka Sportsreizen will offer Rs. 3.7million as total prize money from the 1st to 20th place splus daily winners.

The Chief Minister of Central Province Sarath Ekanayake said that he will give his maximum support for this T-Cup Cycle Race which could help to promote tourism in the Central Province as it will be passing the famous 18 Hair Pin Bends in the Kandy District.

He said cycling in Sri Lanka could be promoted in a big way as he himself is a cycling enthusiast having seen Maurice Coomarawel, Anthony Symons and Boniface Perera in action in his younger days.

The Chairman of Lanka Sportsreizen Thilak Weerasinghe said that the recognition of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is a great achievement and hope that they will go from strength to strength this year.

He said his organisation has been a pioneer in promoting tourism through sports with the Colombo Marathon having attracted several foreign competitors and their family members which has helped to promote Sri Lanka as a tourist destination.

The Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekara said that he hoped that our cyclists will finish within the first ten in this event which will be a great achievement for the country.

He said he hopes to set up a track for cycling in Sri Lanka as during his visit to London he has seen even Foreign Secretary of Britain Boris Johnson also in cycling in London.

The Sri Lanka Cycling Team which wil ltake part in the LSR T-Cup Cycle Race.  Pictures by Shan Rambukwella.    

 


 

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