Sierra Leone cyclist, Fatima Debora Conteh had an unforgettable experience in her quest to defend her title in the 3rd edition of the RideArique Accra Criterium on Saturday 15th April 2023 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Debora was the second cyclist to reach the finishing point in the women’s category as she sprint with zest and confidence to finish the race in a comfortable time.
The Ubuntu cyclist went to the third edition of the ‘RideAfrique Accra Criterium with the expectation to defend her title, but due to the too many challenges she faced prior to the event, she was unable to retain her title after she returned in second position.
Debora who arrived late for the event in Ghana was frustrated with the outcome of the result. However, she applauded herself for being able to compete in an international competition and finish in the top two without the required support.
“It’s a shame that I came here to defend my title with huge passion, but lack the basics to retain it. I wasn’t scared of my opponents, but the reason why I was beaten was due to the non-availability of funds and late preparation”.
“If I had come here early, it would have been easier for me to train at the competition arena and build my confidence ahead of the race. Technically, it wasn’t a bad race, just that, the odds were against me from the starting line”, she told Mags Tribune Sports.
The Accra Criterium is organized by RideAfrique with support from the Ghana Cycling Federation (GCF). It attracted over 200 cyclists across Ghana and Africa, and it was focusing on promoting the sport and unearthing talents.
Participants completed a total distance of 52.25km (15 laps), in the female race, while the male cyclists cover a distance of 105km (30 laps).