The annual cycle race organized by the Sri Lanka Air Force and sponsored by the LG Abans Ltd for the consecutive 11th year from March 3-5. Here Abans General Manager Channa Pathirana hands over the sponsorship documents to Air Force Cycling Chairman Air vice Marshal Sagara Kotakedeniya at a press briefing held in connection with the upcoming event (Pic by Mushtaq Thasleem)

Sri Lanka Air Force has its annual ‘Air Force Bicycle Race’ this year too for the consecutive 18 years, concurrently with the celebrations of the 66th anniversary. The annual event which is open for both men and women riders will be held from March 3 to 5.

“This year’s race is taken to international level as two experienced foreign cycling teams from India and Pakistan have confirmed their participation,” said Air Force Cycling Chairman Air Vice Marshal Sagara Kotakedeniya at a media briefing held at the Air Force Head Quarters.

He also said that the race is conducted under the auspices of the Cycling Federation of Sri Lanka (CFSL), covering a distance of 415 kilometres within three days. The men’s race will commence from Colombo and will finish in Puttalam on the first day; on the second day, they will stop at Vavuniya. Riders will finish the race in Jaffna on the third day, March 5. The award ceremony will take place at the Town Hall Grounds, Jaffna at 5.00pm, attended by Air Force Commander Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy.

The women’s race will be held on March 5 with a distance of 69 kilometres. The race will start at the Abans Show Room premises in Kilinochchi and end at the Town Hall Grounds, Jaffna. The Air Force has arranged transport facilities from Colombo to Jaffna and back for women riders with lodging and food. Further, transport will be provided for all riders from Jaffna to Colombo after the event.

Organizing Committee Secretary Air Commodore VP Balasuriya said that all participants and team managers will be given a participatory allowance in all three days. The first prize in the male category is Rs.300, 000, and the second and third places will be given Rs.200, 000 and 100,000, respectively. Prizes will be given up to the 25th place.

In the women’s category, the first place will be awarded with Rs.75, 000 and the second and third places will be awarded Rs.50, 000 and Rs. 25,000, respectively. In addition, the winning team, the young player and sprint champion will also be awarded.