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19.08.2004 Cycling

Great cycling show beckons the people of Prampram

By GNA

Accra, Aug. 19, GNA - Ghana's new cycling sensation Ayitey Akoto, who achieved an individual best at the recently held La Route de L'est in the Ivory Coast faces his biggest test yet at Prampram this Saturday as the country's cycling greats put their egos on the line.

Until the Ivory Coast feat, the young cyclist was completely unknown or perhaps overshadowed by popular names likes John Zormelo, Joseph Annan and Emmanuel Wayo.

So, when he won two fair play trophies in the road races and a third position in the criterion and anchored the team to win the overall fair play award, many connoisseurs had perceived his achievement as a fluke.

But the cyclist told the GNA Sports that his success at the La Route De L'est marked the beginning of redefining cycling as a sport in the country and to announce to all that he had arrived.

He said his feat could only be described as a fluke if he had won a solitary award, but three trophies could simply not constitute a flash in the pan.

Akoto's performance was so unblemished that the chief of the city of Boundoukou in the Ivory Coast made an undisclosed cash donation to the Ghanaian cyclist.

But the real test could be on Saturday, as he comes face-to-face with Richard Mawuko, Ayitey Akoto, Emmanuel Wayo, Prosper Agbo, Joseph Annan and Zormelo in the BIC Special Homowo Races at Prapram. Pens and Plastics Ghana Limited (BIC) are sponsoring the multi million cedi event, which had been sanctioned by the Ghana Cycling Association.

Sixteen clubs across the country are competing, seven of them from the Greater Accra Region.

For the first time in the annual event, cyclists from Kumasi and Koforidua will be contesting for honours.

Richard Omane Addo has assured the cyclists of their safety and a good treat and urged them to commensurate the gesture with great outing to thrill the Chiefs and people of Prampram.

At stake will be trophies, cash prizes and some products from the sponsors, Pens and Plastics Ghana Limited, local manufacturers of BIC products.

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