The Sunday News
Mehluli Sibanda, Senior Sports Reporter
REGISTRATION for this year’s Tour de Falcon is underway with the process to come to a conclusion on Friday ahead of the race on Sunday.
Raquel Fouche, the Falcon College marketing manager indicated that registration for this year’s event is being conducted on a daily basis and is coming to an end on Friday. Those interested in taking part in the various activities on offer at Tour de Falcon can show interest at the Falcon College Bulawayo offices in Suburbs. Yesterday, registration took place at Zonkizizwe Shopping Centre in Bradfield and Old Miltonians Sports Club.
This is the 16th edition of the Tour de Falcon, whose main attraction is the cycling race from Bulawayo to Falcon College in Esigodini. Over the years, road running has been introduced, with the 5km, 10km and 21km to be now part of the event. The cycling races start in Bulawayo while the running starts at the Falcon College gate.
“Registrations are being done every day at the Falcon town office. Tour de Falcon is in its 16th year, this year we are holding it on 15 September. The on road cyclists and off road cyclists will be leaving from Fazak at 7am and the runners will leave from Falcon College at 7am,’’ Fouche said.
According to Fouche, there has been an encouraging reaction from the corporate world with some of the big companies entering their members of staff.
“We are expecting a positive response and have had more interest from the larger companies registering staff members. This is an opportunity to bring the community together,’’ she said.
Children under the age of 14 are not left out of the action on the day as they can participate in the KidzCan colour run race that will be held around Falcon College with all proceeds from this going To KidzCan, which is a cancer relief organisation for kids.
Tour de Falcon used to take place in July every year around the start of the Tour de Frnace but was moved to September last year because the road from Esigodini to Falcon College had been undergoing renovations. Fouche indicated that due sporting events last term, they had to move the event to September, which now appears to be the preferred date going forward.