Cycology Riding Club, is a club whose members are passionate about cycling and it seeks to promote cycling as a healthy lifestyle, and to help raise public awareness about various problems plaguing our communities. Captain of the club, Frank Ozomah, spoke to journalists recently
“Cycology is a club made up of professional cyclists and the primary aim of the club is to keep a healthy living and promote cycling as a lifestyle. Our other objectives are to draw attention to social issues through cycling and promote and sponsor a professional cycling team that would represent Nigeria someday at the Tour de France,” Ozoma said.
He said the club had undertaken a number of charity rides which include, the Ride for Life that supported the Child Developmental Centre an NGO that takes care of children with disabilities. Also, the Lagos-Cotonou ride was undertaken in support of three charities and to secure part-sponsorship of the Lagos State Cycling Team.
Cycology, which recently presented gifts to some motherless babies home has grown from about 15 members to over 100 members and in the coming year hope to support more charities and further draw attention to social issues afflicting our communities.
“We will begin a grassroots development of cycling as a sport in Lagos State by introducing it to schools and begin talent hunting for a cycling team,” the captain said.
Ozoma said in conjunction with the Lagos State Commissioner for Sports, Enitan Oshodi, who he said has been very supportive and the State Cycling Association, the club intend to organize a major cycling event in Lagos soon.
As part of its drive, the club is aiming to have a base in the United Kingdom.
“The board of trustees is headed by Dr. Richard Ajayi and Dipo Balogun as secretary and our executive committee is made up of myself as captain, Ladipo Soetan as vice captain (admin) and Mohammed Ramadan, who is an Egyptian as vice captain (riding).
“By starting a grassroots development program in schools, we intend to spend more money on training of coaches, get the right equipment and exposed them by getting them to compete internationally. We will also distribute bikes to rural communities to help children get to schools and farmers getting their produce to the markets and draw attention to various social ills,” Ozomah said.
He said the club raises funds through membership dues and sponsorship from corporate entities.