International Cycling Tour of Cameroon : Race Returns to Far North Region 12 years After


The 20th International Cycling Tour of Cameroon will take place from 30th May -9th June 2024, beginning in the Far North Region of the country.

The race is coming back to the Far North region of the country after 12 years of suspension owing to security reasons.

This comeback also doubles as an innovation as the competition will begin in the Far North region before moving to other regions. Cyclists will run through six regions of the country, covering a total distance of 1002.3km. At the end of the 9th lap, the winner will be handed the yellow jersey in Yaounde.

Participating teams

A total of nine teams from Cameroon,  France, Holland, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Côté d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso will take part in 20th International Cycling Tour of Cameroon.

Cameroon will be represented by 12 cyclists from two teams. Six of the cyclists ; Kamzong Abossolo Clovis, Tella Artuce, Kuéré Nounawé Rodrigue, Kossoko Sadikou Jérémie, Atchetkuenyinyi Aurélien and Fotsing Claude Harold are from SNH Vélo Club. They will be supervised by Martinien Tega.

Six other cyclists ; Tientcheu Michel Boris, Njonkoué Ivan, Mekem Tsakou Jordan, Ngueguim Stève Auriol, Chofor Fabrice, and Fouafack Bertol who make up the Cameroon National Cycling Team will take part in the race under the supervision of Feutsa Lucas.

Cameroonian cyclists and their supervisors have been in Maroua  for close to a week, awaiting the commencement of the race.

Itinerary of  the Tour

The itinerary of the International Cycling Tour of Cameroon was disclosed on 11th May during an Executive Board Meeting of the Cameroon Cycling Federation (FECACYCLISME) in Yaounde.

All nine participating teams, will take part in the nine-lap race. The Minister of Sports and Physical Education, Prof. Narcisse Mouelle Kombi will preside over the ceremony to present the participating teams at the Maroua  ceremonial ground on 30th May 2024.

The first lap of the race will be run between Maroua-Mora-Maroua with cyclists covering a distance of 131km on 31st May 2024. On 1st June, cyclists will take part in the second lap  from Figuil – Garoua on a distance of 102.7km. The third lap will be a close circuit race within Garoua on 2nd June. To complete this lap, cyclists will cover a distance of 97.2 kilometres. 

On 3rd June, the cyclists will travel from the Far North to the West region ahead of the fourth lap to be run from Bangangte-Foumbot-Bafoussam covering a distance of  83km on 4th June . The Fifth lap will be from Bafoussam-Dschang-Nkongsamba on a distance of 120km on 5th June. The six lap,  Douala-Limbe-Douala will cover a distance of 120km on 6th June.

The Seventh lap, Douala-Pouma, covers a distance of 101km to be run on 7th June. Cuclists will then take part in the penultimate lap from Yaounde-Ngomedzap covering a distance of 95km on 8th June. The final lap will be run from Ngoulmakong to Yaounde on a distance of 108km on 9th June.

French born, Max MICHAUD is the president of race commissioners for the 20th International Cycling Tour of Cameroon, appointed by the International Cycling Union (UIC).

Preparations for the grande sports event are intensifying in Maroua ahead of the ceremony to present the participating teams on 30th May.

Kathy Neba Sina

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