The 16th National Road Cycling Championship

Kerala cyclists beat Karnataka to emerge overall champions in the 16th National Road Cycling Championship that ended yesterday. Both states finished with identical 43 points, but Kerala topped by winning five gold medals as compared to four by Karnataka.

In the three sections — senior, junior and sub-junior — contested by both men, women, boys and girls, both states won two sections each. Kerala topped the women’s and junior girls section, whereas Karnataka dominated the sub-junior boys and girls sections. Hosts Maharashtra ended the championship bettering their previous national’s performance by winning 5 gold 1 silver 3 bronze. The final count helped Maharashtra claim the Junior Boys Championship totaling 16 points, while the girls finished runners-up with 5 points.

The four-day 16th National Road Cycling Championships, featuring 600 participants in men, women, boys and girls categories representing 21 units of the Cycling Federation of India and four board members, flagged off on 1st Dec. The championship was held over a 8-km long loop between Nashik Phata and Nigdi (Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation) and the nationals were held in Pune after a gap of five years. A total of 30 races in 11 categories were held.

Cycling has seen growth in recent years thanks to Cycling Federation of India’s efforts to broad-base the sport by organizing Cyclothons (basically road races of longer distances) in various cities since the past three years. The CFI has been offering prize money is Rs 5 lakh per Cyclothon, with incentives for both coaches and players.


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