On Friday, May 30, 2014, in the Holosiyvsky Park in Kiev the annual international Cycle Race named “Horizon Park-2014” started. 10 Ukrainian and 13 foreign teams took part in the main start of the race. Participants came from Poland, Moldova, Serbia, Greece, Austria, Slovakia, Georgia, Romania, Italy, Germany and Bulgaria.
The program of competitions was opened with symbolical cycle race for peace. The start of it was given by Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine Dmytro Bulatov.
“It is very important that Race Horizon Park-2014 participants from 13 countries of Europe initiated to dedicate today’s competitions to peace in our society. Today around 150 foreign racers will drive through the streets of Kiev expressing their solidarity and support to Ukraine. They will leave their wishes of peace and resolution of military conflicts on the symbolical letter of peace confirming that Kiev is secure and peaceful city”, Dmytro Bulatov said.
Before the start of the cycle race children released white doves into the sky for peace in Ukraine. After that athletes started the race under the applauses of spectators. Overall distance was 151 km. There were 18 laps of 8,42 km each. Vitaliy Byts from Kiev KOLSS CYCLING TEAM became the winner of the cycle race on May 30th.
Partners and sponsors of the event were Kiev City Administration, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Department of Education, Science, Youth and Sports of Kiev City Administration, Federation of Cycle Sport of Ukraine and Kiev City Federation of Cycle Sport.
Representatives of Universal Peace Federation also visited the event and signed Letter of Peace. Ambassador for Peace from Japan Nobuko Omori gifted garland of 1000 paper cranes to the team of Ukrainian racers from Donetsk. “Many people invested their hearts into the creation of this garland. It symbolizes a sincere desire of Ukrainians to live in the society of peace, unity and harmony. And now we are gifting it to Ukraine with sincere wishes to overcome the hardest difficulties on the way to achieve peace and unity”, said Ambassador for Peace from Japan. Together with Nobuko Omori the garland was presented by Chief of Department of Family, Youth and Sports of Ukraine Vadym Kostyuchenko.