Over 300 cyclists are expected to participate in the 2019 Tour de Dwangwa set for October 27.
The race will cover 85 kilometres (km) from Kande Beach in Nkhata Bay to Chitowe Stadium situated at Dwangwa-Illovo Sugar Estate in Nkhotakota District, according to organisers of the event Round Table Dwangwa 69.
Round Table Dwangwa 69 project officer Phillip Mwanza said the race is open to all cyclists in the country and that they are expecting over 300 cyclists.
“Initially, we have been having the race in September, but this year we have shifted it to October so that we should have ample time for preparations.
“As we always do, we will strive to provide the normal fun people get at the event. Both professional and amateur cyclists will compete in the race,” he said.
Prizes for the winners will include professional bicycles and cash.
Apart from the races, he said there will also be a number of activities to spice up the event.
“These include traditional dances such as gulewamkulu, malipenga, and chilimika, acrobatics, dancing competitions, social football between men and women,” he said.
Mwanza encouraged residents of Dwangwa and surrounding areas to attend the event.
Blantyre Cycling Club dominated the affairs in the previous year’s professional category through MissiKanthumba and Steven Nazomba.
When contacted, Kanthumba said Tour de Dwangwa is a big annual cycling race that he is looking forward to.
“It is good that we will have this race. We are looking forward to it. My focus remains that I should retain the title,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mzuzu Cycling Club has also intensified preparations for the competition.
“We are equally prepared for the event. Shortly, we will conduct regional qualifiers to identify the best to represent the club,” said Mzuzu Cycling Club chairperson Portiphar Munthali.