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39 in West starts cycling race

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, October 29, 2017

THE Kai Viti Cycle Club held a 12 kilometre race in Lautoka yesterday.

The event attracted more than 30 participants.

However the early rush hour on one of the busiest streets of the Sugar City was a big hassle for the cyclists.

Race organiser Ruth Ross said it was their first event since the club was formed in June this year.

"The route probably was not good for time," Ross said.

"I think people were not aware that there was cycling race on.

"Our aim is to promote the wellbeing and cycling does that. It has an impact on the environment.

"There are fewer cars on the road so there is less traffic. So it is good for the environment we use no petrol.

"People who have little money are able to afford to go to work.

"They don't have to use the eTransport system to get to work.

"It is all about wellness because it exercises you. It is empowerment because people who don't have very much are able to get around.

The Kai Viti Cycle Club's event is supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Ross said it promoted economic development.

"People before who were not doing much can now do something," she said.

"It is also positive for mental wellbeing. The biggest thing is that people don't know that there are cyclists on the road. This why we want to promote this.

"We want people to pay attention to these cyclists."

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