This year’s 90-kilometre (km) Tour de Dwangwa will take place on Sunday from Chintheche in Nkhata Bay to Chitowe Stadium in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota.
The race has been organised to raise funds for Dwangwa Round Table 69, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) which supports communities around Dwangwa.
The race’s coordinator Richman Kalua said over 250 cyclists are expected to participate in this year’s competition.
Professionals will cycle a distance of 90km from Chintheche to Dwangwa while semi-professionals will cover a distance of 20km from Ngala to Chitowe Stadium.
“The other categories will cover a distance of seven and 10 kilometres,” Kalua said.
Prizes for winners in various categories include professional bicycles and cash.
“Traditional dances such as gule wamkulu and malipenga will spice up the event. Acrobatics, dancing competition and social football between men and women will also take centre stage,” he said.
Blantyre Cycling Club dominated the 2015 event.
Steven Nazombe and Mickson Maluwa scooped first positions in drop-hand and mountain bike professional races, respectively.
Mzuzu Cycling Club chairperson Portiphar Munthali said they are leaving no stone unturned in order to produce a champion in this year’s race.