The Ascension des Mille Collines cycling championships scheduled for May 19 has received a 5million Rwandan francs boast.
The race which will attract 54 cyclists will cover 130 km from from Huye to Kigali and will be comprised of nine local clubs with each being represented by six participants including last year’s champions Benediction cycling club from Rubavu District.
With a clear advantage, Benediction club which has national team members including Janvier Hadi, Gasore Hategeka and Nathan Byukusenge will be a hard nut to crack and a favourite to win the winner’s cash prize of RwF400,000.
This year’s winners will be categorised by clubs and not individuals like the other races.
The second placed team will bag RwF300, 000 while the third and fourth will go home with RwF200, 000 and RwF100, 000 respectively.
Debutants Abahizi from Kicukiro who are mainly composed of Americans working in Kigali also hope to make quite an impression in their maiden appearance.
The other clubs that have confirmed participation include Fly (Gasabo), Club les Amis Sportifs (Rwamagana), Kiramuruzi (Gatsibo), Rapide (Kicukiro), Ciné Elmay (Nyarugenge) and Satelite from Kayonza.