Bulawayo based cycling club Siyephambili won for the second time on the trot the third edition of the gruelling Tour De Great Dyke, 550 km cycling race.

The trio of Andrew Chikwaka, Advocate Phiri and Nkululeko Dube from Bulawayo based Siyephambili  cycling came first, second and third respectively in the third edition of the Tour De Great Dyke race that started on Wednesday.

Siyephambili club cyclists said their strategy of eliminating other opponents paid off during the last mile from Unki Mine.

“We worked as a team and our idea was to eliminate possible opponents heading for the final stretch. A 26 year old Wilson Dube said he trained for three days for the race while a female participant said she wanted to prove that cycling is not a male dominated sport,” said the cyclists.

Organiser of the annual race Munyaradzi Hwengwere said the event is intended to underscore the importance of wellness to the community.

“This is a wellness tour. We felt we are not doing enough to make people appreciate the role of mining in driving the economy hence we had to partner with mining companies to stage this event,” he said.

Midlands Minister of State Cde Larry Mavhima said cycling has proved to be a community unifier just like other sport codes.

“We are celebrating the mineral diversity in sport as part of an effort to show that there is abundant talent in the Great Dyke,” he said.

Cycling races involving long distances are yet to take off on a large scale in Zimbabwe though the races are popular in European countries such as France.