Five Thika bicycle riders have been face lifted to motorbike riders in a riding competition that attracted over five hundred riders on Saturday.
The event that was organized by Thika town Member of Parliament Alice Wambui Ng’ang’a brought together riders from all Wards in the larger Thika.
The riders who were required to have a back seat on their bikes went on a 20 kilometers race with number one to five taking home new Yamaha motorbikes fully equipped and insured.
‘The race was tough especially along the congested Kiandutu slums. Most of the riders are experienced as that is their daily job. We braved a very hot sun and poor roads gearing towards winning the new bikes,’ said John Githongo, a rider.
The winners Gorge Kibe who took the lead on a 45 minutes win, Samuel Kimani who took 49 minutes, John Mwangi 52 minutes, Erick Onyoki 55 minutes and Joseph Kihara who took 60 minutes to emerge number five thanked event organizers for transforming their lives.
‘This is a total life changer; from a bicycle to a motorbike. I live in Kiandutu and with the help of my new bike, I will work hard to improve my life as well as that of my parents,’ happily said Kibe.
Speaking after the event, the MP lauded the government for increasing betting company’s tax from 10 to 50 percent and diverting the cash to the ministry of youth and sports for nurturing of new talents in the recently read budget.
She said that talent was an alternative career that was handsomely paying calling on the youth to utilize their talents.
‘We thank the government for pushing to the corner, the betting companies that have indirectly been destroying our youth. With the diversion of hiked levies, more talents will be nurtured,’ she added.