This Article is From Aug 27, 2010

Commonwealth Games' cycling test event on Sunday

Commonwealth Games' cycling test event on Sunday
New Delhi: A 24-member Indian cyclists team will try to get a hang of the venue when the Tour De Delhi Cyclothon -- a test event for the Commonwealth Games -- gets underway here on Sunday.

"A team of 18 members out of this 24 riders will take part in the upcoming Commonwealth Games," Onkar Singh, Organising Secretary of Tour De Delhi, said.

International cyclists from more than 10 countries, including Germany, Holland and Belgium, would be competing in the tournament that will be the second largest cycling event in Asia and the second International cycling event to be held in the country after Tour De Mumbai - Mumbai Cyclothon 2010.

"After the success of Tour De Mumbai, we are delighted to conduct an international racing event in the national capital which will be a flag off for the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010. CFI is all set to promote cycling as a serious sport in India," S Dhindsa, President Cycling Federation of India, said.

However, organisers are apprehensive that rain can play spoil sport in the Sunday event.

"We will carry on the race if it's light shower, but in case of heavy rain the event can be disrupted", said David Mcquaid, former International cyclist, who is the race director for the event.

Indian Team: Rajendra Kumar Bishnoi, Ram Swaroop, Amrit Singh, Lonjam Maniton, Hitraj Singh, Dayal Ram Saran,Rajesh Chandrasekhar, Rakesh Kumar, Arvind Panwar, Paramjee Singh, Gurbaj Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Okram Bikram Singh, Sambir, Prince H S Hylen, Sarpreet Singh, Harpreet Singh, Amandeep Singh, Atul Kumar, Satbir Singh, Vinod Malik, Sandeep Kumar, Dayalaram Jat, Sabu Ganager.