By Edna A. Quansah, GNA
Accra, Sept. 19, GNA - River Park Brong Ahafo's roller Anthony Boakye emerged winner of this year's Cowbell Cycling Challenge held in the Ashanti Region over the weekend.
The Sunyani based cyclist clocked an overall best time of 5hrs 22 mins 18 sec ahead of compatriot Nuru Pardie Alhassan and Newton Kofi of Velo Stars and Quickstep Cycling Clubs respectively.
The first stage of the race began with 74 cyclists who covered a distance of 100 km from Nkawkaw to Kumasi. Pardie Alhassan was the stage winner on the day and made a time of 1 hr 23mins 53 sec
The second stage, which rolled from Kumasi to Adugyaman and back to the garden city saw Boakye winning that particular stage in style edging out the time Pardie Alhassan clocked.
Alhassan, maintained the calmness of his nine seconds lead in the bunch and never hesitated any attacks as he protected his time a bunch finish in the third stage from Kumasi to Koforidua and back to Kumasi in a heated distance of 82km.
Brands Manager for Promasidor, producers of Cowbell products, Mr. Joseph Ashong expressed his delight at the performance of the cyclists and congratulated them for their sterling efforts.
He admonished them to train harder as the cowbell brand is supportive of the sport and will live up to the billing in terms of promotion.
The overall best cyclist went to Boakye who again won the overall best by points.
Solomon Tagoe from Gutten Cycling club in Accra won the overall youngest best time.
The winners of the various categories were given cash prizes and products worth GH È¼ 20.000.00.