Deyata Kirula cycle tour in three stages
The cycle tour organised by Sports Ministry and Finance Ministry to
coincide with the ‘Deyata Kirula’ exhibition will commence on February 5
and will come to an end on Feb 7. The event will be conducted by the
cycling federation of Sri Lanka which is sponsored by Development
Lotteries Board, these details were disclosed to the media by Nishantha
Piyasena addressing them at Sports Ministry Auditorium yesterday.
According to Piyasena the event is to be conducted in three stages
for elite rides registered with the cycling federation. He said that
already over 80 riders have confirmed their participation and expected
to go over the 100 mark.
Riders will commence the first day from Piliyandala and ride in a
bunch as a peace ride before the race proper begins at Moratuwa. They
will proceed to Koggala covering 117 km. They are expected to finish
this segment around 12.30 p.m.
After a short break they will proceed to Tangalle covering a distance
of further 64 km.
The following day the riders will commence their ride from Tangalle,
finish at Awissawella passing through Embilipitiya, Udawwalawa,
Pelmadulla, Ratnapura, Ehaliyagoda covering 154.2 km.
The third stage begins on Feb. 7 opposite Awissawella and the riders
will peddle through Ruwanwella, Kotiyakumbura, Warakapola, Pasyala
Nittambuwa and ride to finish at Peliyagoda. The three segments will
cover a distance of 424.7 km.
The winners will be awarded cash awards while the stage winners and
sprinters too are to receive cash awards. There will also be awards for
team that enter as teams with 4-6 riders.
K.C. Senadeera, Marketing Consultant Development Lotteries Board
addressing the media said that it is the poor who patronise the DLB as
such we the Board decided to help this sports which is also considered
as a poor man’s sports. He also said that they hope to continue this in
the future too.
B.D. Dahanayaka, Director General, Sports Development also
participated at the press briefing.