It was a twin victory for the Eritrean national cycling team that are participating at the 2016 African Continental Cycling Championship in Morocco.
This team once again proven its dominance of cycling competition in the African continent by winning its sixth straight title in the African Championship Team Time Trial (TTT) on Monday and the Road Race (CC) today.
Tesfom Okubamariam, who won the African Championship last year have won Gold in today’s 180 km Road Race for the second time to becomes the 2016 African Continental Champion, while his teammate Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier becomes the 2016 under 23 (U23) Road Race Champion by winning Gold as well.
The Eritrean elite men’s team that consists of Tesfom Okubamariam, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Mekseb Debesay and Elyas Afwerki produced the strongest ride in the category to beat the more fancied South African, Algerian and host Moroccan teams to the title.
Team Dimension Data rider and 2014 Best African Cyclist, Eritrean Mekseb Debesay finished third following Algerian Youcef Reguigui.
In the U23 category, Rwandan Jean Claude Uwizeye and Algerian Nassim Saidi finished second and third respectively following the Eritrean Champ Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier.
No other national team on the African continent so far dare to challenge the Eritreans for the past five consecutive years since 2010 as these finest of the fine riders fiercely pursuit to maintain the championship title year after year.
Eritrea produces a lot of professional riders already and there are also hundreds of strong riders racing for a dozen of Eritrean clubs. Such victory is not just for the four riders who represent Eritrea but for all the riders of Eritrea.
In preparation for the Silver Jubilee of Eritrean independence day, the Eritrean cycling federation is organizing two high profile home races. The Massawa Circuit that will be centered round the Red Sea port city of Massawa will take place from March 28 to April 17, 2016 and the Tour of Eritrea from 19 – 23 April, 2016. The race will be closed with the Asmara Circuit on April 24th in the Eritrean capital Asmara.