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Third Mainland closure forces 2018 Cycling Lagos finale to October - ITREALMS

Owing to the closure of the Third Mainland bridge in Lagos, the organisers of the Cycling Lagos 2018 has moved the grand finale of the Cycling event scheduled for August 25 to Saturday October 27, 2018, reports ITREALMS.

They also said that the temporary closure of the Third Mainland Bridge on Friday by 12am, affected a strategic route for the race by the Federal Government.

The children’s edition of the Cycling Lagos event held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Saturday August 18, 2018 produced youngsters such as Okiki Abiodun who won the senior boy’s category while the junior boy’s category was won by Opeyemi Abiodun. Ajirotutu Toluwalase came top in the female version.

Chairman Cycling Lagos, Mr. Soji Adeleye in a statement to announce the movement in Lagos on Thursday attributed the postponement to logistics and particularly the planned temporary closure of the Third Mainland Bridge by midnight of Thursday August 23 by the Federal Government for maintenance purposes.

“Due to a combination of reasons, logistics, and the coincidence of the temporary closure of the Third Mainland Bridge by midnight today, we are moving the last event – the grand finale of the Cycling Lagos 2018 to Saturday 27th of October, 2018.

“The grand finale is the main and last event of the Cycling Lagos 2018 calendar that has witnessed the the Mini Tour of Lagos, the Children Cycling competition amongst others.

“This shift is to ensure the event that is to encourage tourism and the healthy lifestyle of the people runs hitch free and does not add to the road congestion that would result from the temporary closure of the third mainland bridge from midnight today,” he said.

Adeleye who urged the public to visit the event’s website www.cyclinglagos.com for further updates and information on the new date apologised for the inconvenience the postponement might cost the partners, cyclists and other stakeholders.

The Federal Government will from midnight of August 23 shutdown the Third Mainland Bridge to commence a three-day investigative maintenance on it.

Bayo Banjo/GEE

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