Chembe wins Mazabuka Sugar Bike Race

OBERT Chembe of Lusaka’s Twin Palm Cycling Club yesterday clocked three hours and eight minutes to win the 120 kilometre Zambia Sugar Plc-sponsored Mazabuka Bike Race.
Chembe, who beat 36 other participants in the professional category A, walked away with a mattress, blanket, bedsheets and a Zambia Sugar hamper.
Reuben Moonga and Bright Chintu were second and third respectively.
The event that attracted a total of 75 participants was divided in three categories -  professional which was classified as category A, amateur (category B) and executive (category C).
Brevon Tembo won the 60 kilometre amateur category that had 24 participants with Bruce Nkoma taking up the runners-up position while Dustin Phiri won the executive category.
Veteran female cyclist Mwamba Mumba led the 15 women that competed in the 30 kilometre executive category.
And Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Vincent Mwale commended Zambia Sugar Plc for sponsoring the event.
Zambia Sugar pumped inK30, 000 towards the hosting of the one-day tournament.
Mwale said in a speech read for him by director of sport Bessy Chelemu that such gestures by the corporate world are commendable because they supplement Government’s efforts in developing sport in the country.
Mazabuka district commissioner Jane Chirwa promised to encourage Zambia Sugar to continue sponsoring the event annually.
And the Cycling Association of Zambia vice-president Evaristo Kabwata said the championship if turned into an annual event will help cyclists develop.
“We are appealing to Zambia Sugar to consider sponsoring this event annually and we hope more sponsors can come on board to help popularise the sport and make it more competitive,” Kabwata said.

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