‘SLT Speed Up Cycle Sawariya’ to flag off in Sept | Sunday Observer

‘SLT Speed Up Cycle Sawariya’ to flag off in Sept

The third edition of ‘SLT Speed Up Cycle Sawariya’, the longest, across the country cycle race, will be held in September.

The men’s race is scheduled to begin on 4th of September and wrap up on 8th of September. The women’s race will be held on September 07th & 8th marking it as the first time in the cycling history in Sri Lanka that a two-day event had been organized for the women cyclists. Changing the cycling landscape of the country, the first ever para cycling event will be held on September 8.

Both the 820km long men’s and 175km long women’s races will start from Colombo to reach the finish lines in Kuliyapitiya. The 75km Para event will be from Kurunegala to Kuliyapitiya.

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the country’s premier telecommunication provider hosts this event with the collaboration of Cycle Federation of Sri Lanka (CFSL).

Sri Lanka Telecom will introduce new features and latest technologies to this year’s event such as automatic tracking system to locate riders at the front, electronic time system to calculate results, etc. with the aim of developing and raising the standards of cycling in Sri Lanka.

Cycling is one of the most popular sporting and recreational activities in the country. Having understood this significance, SLT as a socially responsible corporate entity launched its SLT Speed Up Cycle Sawariya in 2016 to expose and recognize the country’s talents in the field.

As a step to boost the zest among the youth, the organizers have encouraged the teams to include at least 02 riders under the age of 23 years.

The winner of the men’s race will receive Rs. 1 million while winners of women’s race and para race will receive Rs. 250,000 and Rs. 150,000 respectively.