Uganda’s Charles Kagimu collected 35 points to finish 12th at the Men’s Elite cycling race, on the last day in Cairo, Egypt. Kagimu’s riding skills were out on display as he led the Ugandan charge at the top prize, even though it did not come to pass.
However, Kagimu’s performance will help to boost Uganda’s overall ranking. Uganda are currently placed at number 11 in Africa, as far as the nation’s riding standards are concerned. And compared to the rest of the world, Uganda is positioned at number 86. Kagimu, who rides for a German-based club, Bike Aid showcased how much he has grown as a rider, following the level of competition and support he has received in Germany, which has proved important.
Speaking upon the team’s return from Egypt, Sam Mahaba Muwonge, the President of the Uganda Cycling Association was full of praise for the display by the 10 riders Uganda flew to Egypt, although only two finished the race. Jordan Ssekanwagi, who finished 23rd, was the other Ugandan, who finished the elite road race.
Mary Aleper is the other Ugandan and only female on the team, who posted an impressive performance in Cairo, Egypt. Mary finished just outside the medal bracket in 4th position in a time of 26minutes 02 seconds covering a distance of 13.5km in the women individual time trial event.
Muwonge said: “Our team could have done even better, beyond the three riders, that finished the races.
The race was affected by some bad weather and dust. But we shall need more support, in order to provide our riders with more exposure, to become more competitive”.
Meanwhile, South Africa showed how good they continue to be at cycling in Africa. Ryan Gibbons is the 2021 elite men’s road race champion, a fact, that has enabled them maintain a good world ranking of number 28.