By Beng Emmanuel
The 17th edition of the International Cycling Tour of Cameroon will run from May 28 to June 6th, 2021.
Twelve (12) riders of the National Cycling team and the SNH Velo will represent the country at the 17th edition of the Cameroon International Cycling Tour – the National technical director Joseph Evouna has confirmed.
The annual international cycling competition organised by the Cameroon Cycling Federation (FECACYCLISME) is slated to take place from May 28 to June 6.
Ten (10) teams from eight (8) countries have confirmed their participation this year, with host Cameroon and France presenting two teams each. Other challengers like Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, the Netherlands, and Bulgaria are represented by a single team.
The various delegations to take part in the Cameroon international cycling tour this year will begin arriving the country today.
The Commissioner of the race Max Michaud is expected to jet into the country this evening via the Nsimalen international airport alongside the photo finish operator Nicolas Philipon. Some teams are also en route to Cameroon.
The first lap of the Cameroon International Cycling Tour will take place from Yaounde to Ayos in the centre region. A ceremony to present the various teams to compete for the trophy takes place this Friday.
Organization well on course
Officials of the Cameroon Cycling federation say all is set for the start of the race. The various heads of the sub-committee; transport, communication, logistic, Protocol, medical, each presented encouraging reports on the organization of the cycling race.
“We have already discussed with the various administrative authorities of each city where the race will take place. Consequently, we have nothing to bother about” – the 1st Vice president of the Cameroon Cycling Federation Zitchem Emmanuel, told GinaInforms during the last preparatory meeting on Wednesday.
“We have had assurance from law enforcement officers to ensure security from Yaounde to Bafia, going through Nkogsamba and Ebolowa,” he added.
Cameroonian cyclists have been encouraged to put up a befitting performance in memory of their former head coach Dieudonne Ntep-who died at the age of 61 after an accident. He passed away while travelling to Douala to meet with the rest of the team who had been invited to participate at the Benin Tour.
One of the teams to represent the country will have Ntep’s image printed out on their cycling jerseys throughout the race, to pay tribute to the fallen hero.
Teams to Participate
• Cameroon National team
• SNH Velo Club
• DR Congo
• Burkina Faso
• Ivory Coast
• Martigues SC ( France)
• Ufusport (France)
• Global Cycling (Netherlands)