Lagos state Government is planning to leverage off the growth and emergence of the Lagos City Criterium to push for a bigger yearly event to attract tourists to the state using the Tour of Lagos.
“I’m surprised to see these individuals go as far as the thick bushes in Epe and it feels good to know they cycle that far. And having seen this love and passion they have for the sports, it can only be leading in one direction – ‘Tour of Lagos’.”
Nine teams from all over Nigeria including Port Harcourt, Abuja and host city Lagos will compete for over N1.5m in total prize monies.
“Our idea has always been to help young riders achieve their potentials and we believe the Lagos City Crit is one of the best platform to showcase them,” said Faiz Imam, Chairman Board of trustees of the Foundation.
“We hope from the young ones who are competing tomorrow, we can discover the future of Nigeria in this sport.”
Race Director, Mr. Garrick Bassey confirmed that 170 riders have arrived in Lagos to fight for honours and the race is around a 2.9km crit loop and cuts across different categories including Juniors, Amateur and professionals.
Ex Giro Italia and Tour d’ France rider Andrea Tonti is expected to make a special appearance at the event.
The Lagos City Criterium 2017 is the Grand Final of the Crit this year and takes place on Saturday, 11th November 2017 by 7am at Dolphin Estate Road (Second Avenue Estate).