Sam Ssebagwanyi of Super Sport Cycling Club won the inaugural Enduro Mountain Bike championship held on the African continent at Katale, Nalumunye Jomayi Estate on Sunday.
The powerful cyclist braved mud, valleys and steep hilly conditions on a rain laden day to finish ahead of 40 other participants.
Ssebagwanyi, who was voted the best cyclist of 2015 by the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) clocked 53 minutes and five seconds to finish at the summit ahead of David Matovu who returned 54 minutes and six seconds.
A delighted Ssebagwanyi told Kawowo Sports;
It feels great to win the Enduro Mountain Bike championship. It was a hard race because of the rains after the mud but champions endure all conditions.
He won a gold medal, trophy and the top cash prize of $150. The first runners up, David Matovu of Tropical Heat Club pocketed $100 as the second runners up, Paul Katongole (Kakiri Cycling Club) returned home with $50 cash.
President of the Africa Enduro Association, Mathias Lukwago was overwhelmed by the participation and called for continued training ahead of more series whose top finisher will take part in the World Enduro meet in Italy later this year.
Uganda Cycling Association (UCA) president, Sam ‘Mahaba’ Muwonge attended the event that drew participants from all corners of the country.
Muwonge hailed the organizing team of the event and called for more cooperation with the main stream cycling body in the country.
This was the first time that the Enduro Mountain Bike cChampionship was held on the African continent.
Top 10 finishers:
1: Sam Ssebagwanyi 53:05
2: David Matovu 54: 06
3: Paul Katongole 55:29
4: Sam T 55:56
5: Aziz Sempijja 57:07
6: David Katamba 57:17
7: Paul Kato 1:02: 01
8: Martin Kateregga 1:02: 30
9: Joshua Sserugo 1:02: 30
10: Juma Kasozi 1:04:32