Bassey Nelson from Rivers State’s Shark FC team on Saturday retained the professional male category title of the Lagos City Criterium, which attracted participants from across the country.
Cycling teams competed in different categories such as junior male; junior female, senior master male; senior master female; professional male and professional female. The elated champion attributed his victory to hard work and discipline and noted that the future of cycling in Nigeria is bright.
“I trained hard and denied myself of many things that I love for two months. My family, friends and my girlfriend paid the price for my success today. I also want to say that the future of cycling is awesome and we thank sponsors like 9mobile for this positive development”, he said.
The cycling race, which at Dolphin Estate Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, attracted high ranking professional riders from Lagos, Rivers, Imo, Kaduna and Ogun States with over 1,000 spectators who came to cheer their heroes to victory.
Cycology Criterium is a cycling sport in which participants cycle in a closed-circuit course several times. Dignitaries including the Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Sports, Deji Tinubu, witnessed the event.
Speaking at the event, Head, High-Value and Mass Market Segment, 9mobile, Adetunji Taiwo, said: “9mobile sees Cycling Criterium as an opportunity to further promote the fitness and health of the Nigerian people while innovatively entertaining them. 9mobile supports this healthy sport because we believe there is really no wealth in the absence of health.”
Adetunji further revealed that 9mobile recently sponsored some sporting engagements such as the 9mobile Prediktor 6, which saw Taiwo Afeez Akanbi as a winner and a millionaire.