Maj.-Gen. Shina Ogunbiyi, rtd (left); First runner-up of Cycling Lagos 2018, Fasima Samuel; Winner of Cycling Lagos 2018, Ajibade Quadri; Second runner-up, Afis Bakare and Chairman, Cycling Lagos, Mr. Soji Adeleye at the grand finale of the Cycling Lagos event… on Saturday.
Ajibade Quadri on Saturday won the 2018 edition of Cycling Lagos, beating his close rivals, Fasima Samuel and Afis Bakare at the highly contested event to emerge champion.
The 65km race, which took off from the Teslim Balogun Stadium, went through Ikorodu road, Third Mainland Bridge to Civic centre and terminated at the Stadium.
Quadri, a winner at several cycling competitions in Nigeria and across Africa, thanked the organisers for putting together a great event. He encouraged them to do more in promoting cycling in Nigeria.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who was represented by the Senior Mechanical Engineer, Road Transport and Mass Transit Administration, Ministry of Transport, Mr. Timothy Adeleke, congratulated the organisers for staging an event that will impact positively on the nation’s transport system and enhance healthy living among Nigerians.
Chairman, Cycling Lagos, Mr. Soji Adeleye, in his remarks reaffirmed the commitment of the organisers in entrenching cycling culture in Nigeria.
Adeleye, who described the Cycling Lagos as the beginning of good things for cycling in Nigeria and across Africa, called on corporate organisations and other stakeholders to support cycling for its health benefits and contribution to a greener environment and future sustainable development.
“It is important to note that cycling, through the Cycling Lagos event is gradually getting the attention of the people in government, but we still have a long way to go in ensuring that corporate organisations and governments take up cycling as corporate social responsibility for its health benefits and contribution to a greener environment and future sustainable development in the country,” he said.
It will be recalled that the Grand Finale of Cycling Lagos earlier scheduled for August 25, 2018 was postponed due to the closure of the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge on that date. The cycling competition has earlier witnessed the Tour of Lagos and the Children Race as part for activities for the event.
Cycling Lagos is being partnered by Lagos State Government, DSTV, Leadway Assurance, World Stage Limited, Cool FM, Access Bank, JAC Motors, Simba Group, Eko Hotel & Suites and Addefort Limited.