Twin Palm Cycling Team’s OBERT CHEMBE wins inaugural Luapula Waterfalls Easter Cycling Tour….
The 2021 inagural Luapula Waterfalls Cycling Tour ended on a high pitch in kawambwa yesterday, after 48 cyclists battled to conquer the natural hill range separating the Luapula Valley from the Luapula Plateau.
The 10km highland incline from Mbereshi Mission to Kawambwa which forms part of the Ntumbachushi Hills, put the resilience of the cyclists to an extreme test.
Whereas others gave up and had to be assisted by rescue vehicles, Obert Chembe cemented his name in the history of the Luapula Expo as he excelled high.
Chembe led on day 1 in the 120km race from Samfya Beach to Mumbuluma Falls (Luamfumu Area). On day 2, Agoster Chilowa defeated his nemesis Chembe in a split second in the Mwansabombwe- Nchelenge leg. On day 3 which was the grand finale, Chembe cast all doubt and reclaimed top spot.
Below are the results:
1. Obed Chembe- Twin Palm Cycling Club
2. Agoster Chilowa- Kansanshi Cycling Club
3. Sikumba Mombotwa- Kansanshi Cycling Club
4. Gift Mbutel- Lubumbashi Cycling Agreement
1. Rebecca Chiyuka- Twin Palm Cycling Club
2. Ami Yanda- Lubumbashi Cycling Agreement (DRC)
The last leg of the Luapula Waterfalls Cycling promotional Tour covered a 90km stretch from Nchelenge Town to Kawambwa Town. Nchelenge District Commisioner Ivo Mpasa flagged off the cyclists from the town center and Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa was on hand to receive the cyclists in Kawambwa town.
On the same day, Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota in the company of Northern Province Permanent Secretary Royd Chakaba, made history when he flagged off the first ever 18km Ntumbachushi Hill Climb social race. The race attracted over 90 athletes from fitness teams around the province and beyond.
After all the races were concluded, Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa led the sports men and women to Lumangwe Falls for a picnic braii.