Centrus Communities is proud to have sponsored the Tour de Lunsar 2023, Sierra Leone’s largest cycling race, promoting an exciting future for professional cycling in West Africa.
Inspired by the world beyond his home, the mining town of Lunsar which has no cycling heritage to speak of, Abdul Karim Kamara launched the Lunsar Cycling Team from his bicycle repair workshop in 2013. The shop has since moved to bigger premises and become a focal point for the community.
Ten years later, the Tour de Lunsar has grown in size and reputation, attracting cyclists who want to make it professionally.
The 2023 edition of the event started on the 26 April, Sierra Leone’s independence day, with men’s, women’s and junior races, all of which take place on non-closed roads, competing with traffic and causing lengthy tailbacks.
The men’s race is split across four stages. The first starts in Freetown, the country’s capital, and each stage ends in Lunsar.
The women’s race and junior races are single stages culminating in laps of a circuit in Lunsar.
There were 141 competitors in total. 51 riders took part in the men’s race, 19 in the women’s and 70 in the junior competition.
Centrus is proud to have sponsored the event for a third year. It is a pleasure to support the incredible Lunsar team as they continue to grow youth confidence and achievement through cycling in Sierra Leone.