Determined Bassey Nelson proved pundit right as he dominated from start to finish to claim N200,000 star prize at the Lagos City Criterium 2017. Nelson who races for the Sharks Racing Club from Port Harcourt was ahead of Sadiq Ajibade and Precious Godwin of United Pro Team and Cyclotron team respectively.
â€œIâ€™ve been working hard for this and as Nigerian champion I came into this knowing thereâ€™s a chance I was going to win this,â€ said a confident Nelson to pressmen after the race last Saturday.
Nelson continued: â€œIâ€™ve still got two competitions to compete in before the end of the year and Iâ€™m going to keep working hard to finish the season very strong.â€
In the womenâ€™s professional race, Ese Ukpeseraye of the Cyclotron team finished first with Tombrakpa Grikpa and Joan Okoro finished in second and third respectively.
The juniors who raced earlier in the year were also rewarded by the organisers, Sustainable Cycling Foundation (SCF) for their efforts with Odebiyi Azeez and Awuri Oveh taking top honours for the boys and girlâ€™s categories respectively.
SCF chairman Faiz Imam was impressed with the level of the competition and said: â€œOur plans are to make sure these kids are exposed to more events. We are proud of their efforts here and will keep encouraging them to attain their dreams.â€
Over N1.5m was awarded in prize money monies and plans are already underway to move the Criterium to other parts of Nigeria soon.
The Lagos City Criterium was supported by Access bank, 9mobile, Cocoon Homes, Craneburg Construction and Castrol/Eterna.