Under the exquisite tutelage of the Gladiators cycling Club based in Accra, the maiden edition of the Osagyefo criterium Cycling race is set to rock the city of Osu,around the Accra Sports stadium, come the 21st of September,2021.
The newly admitted Cycling enclave have proven beyond measure that they are in for a superlative exposure of the wheeler sport in Ghana.
The vow to exterminate the winning hunger in this race has been established by the able and heavily structured Emmanuel Otukornor Sackey alias “Bush”.
The experienced Greater Accra River Park rider a “criterium expert” combines a flurry of rolls and sprints in his assignments, no matter the opposition.
Sackey has navigated various events in the country including the Teshie Race in 2019, PruRide Race in 2020, and the Tour du Ghana Race in 2012 organized by Promasidor GH.
Other events credited to Sackey includes some road exploits in La Cote D’Ivoire and Burkina Faso.
Sackey was in his elements in the African continental Championship in Nigeria in 2019 placing 5th in the Track event.
Sackey has a printed record in Africa placing 24th in the African Champions in Brazzaville and 26th in the Individual Time Trial in the same event.
At the Morrocco All Africa Games in 2019, Sackey tasted a feel of a proper criterium with a respectable placement.
He emerged as the star of the 2016 National Cycling championship winning the Road and Time Trials.
The “Samuel Anim” look alike wheeler is very cautious of the “babies with sharp teeths” in the set up in the persons of Kudufia of Gladiators cycling Club, Akwei of The Boss Tribe cycling club, Bismark of The The Boss tmTribe cycling club and Lobby from the Young Stars cycling club.
He however gave sufficient respect to potential stoppers like Frank Akuffo of The Boss Tribe cycling club,Isaac Sackey of Team Sky and Abdul Rahman of Quick Steps CC
The maiden edition Osagyefo race, which will spark off with a heated criterium of 119km has a winning take home list of six thousand Ghana cedis (Gh6000.00) as first price, Gh1500 as second prize and Gh1000 as third prize
The 4th-10th cyclists will receive Gh200 each with the 11th-20 finishers clamping a Gh100 each.
The maiden event is fully sanctioned by the Ghana Cycling Federation and promises to serve as a grounds for selecting deserving cyclists for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK.
Story by Dennis Kweku Moore