Cyclists who will participate in the Tour de Dwangwa event slated for September 6 are expected to cover 120 kilometres from Chintheche in Nkhata Bay to Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa.
Last year, cyclists covered 85 kilometres from Kande Beach in Nkhata Bay to Chitowe Stadium.
Race coordinator Abel Msopole said in an interview on Tuesday the increase in the distance was made to meet international cycling standards.
“We want to make this year’s race more competitive and in tandem with intentional cycling standards,” said Msopole.
Chairperson of organising committee Samson Zimba said it is the wish of the organisation to incorporate cycling as it is the famous sport among the people in Dwangwa.
According to Zimba, the organisation has so far constructed storerooms at Nkhunga Health Centre, donated a generator and water pump to Liwaladzi Health Centre and donated a computer to Majiga and Nkhunga Secondary schools with money they generated previously.