PESHAWAR: Abdul Wahid from Balochistan won the second stage – from Tank to Gomal Zam Dam – of Tour de Waziristan cycle race on Monday.
The closing ceremony of the race will be held in Wana, Waziristan today after the completion of the third phase. The second phase of the first Commissioner Tour de Waziristan Cycle Race, organized jointly by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority, Commissioner Dera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cycling Association, Pakistan Army, Frontier Corps South Waziristan, was inaugurated by Colonel Sher Alam Khan of Pakistan Army at Tank.
The race started from Tank and ended at Gomal Zam dam after covering a distance of 74 km. Traditional dances, horse dances and performances of traditional attend dance were some of the features of the second phase.
Abdul Wahid, a young cyclist from Balochistan, crossed the track in 2 hours 9 minutes and 11 seconds and secured first position while Ali Ilyas of Baikistan Academy Karachi crossed the finish line in 2 hours 9 minutes and 40 seconds. Asher from Sindh completed the distance in 2 hours 11 minutes and 3 seconds.
At the closing ceremony, Lieutenant Colonel Hamid Mukhtiar distributed prizes among the winners of the second round. The third and final stage of Tour de Waziristan cycle race will start from Gomal Zam Dam today and will end at Wana Waziristan.
About 50 cyclists from 7 units including Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, Baikistan Academy Karachi, Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are participating in the race. Ali Ilyas from Karachi has secured position in the first stage – from DI Khan to Tank – on Sunday. The first Tour De Waziristan cycling race will be completed in three phases by covering a distance of 189 km. The officials added that the purpose of the event is to promote tourism in tribal districts of the province.