The year 2016 saw the launch of the “SLT Speed Up Cycle Sawariya” – the country’s longest cross-country cycle race, by Sri Lanka Telecom. The launch was announced on the 21st of July 2016 and immediately took the country by storm, as such a venture had never been attempted before in the history of the sport of Cycling in Sri Lanka. The men’s race began on the 27th of July in Colombo and concluded on the 31st of that same month in Batticaloa. The women’s race also began on the same day in Colombo but concluded that very day in Ambalangoda. The event enjoyed tremendous publicity and concluded in success thanks to the excellent planning of SLT with the support and partnership of the Cycle Federation of Sri Lanka.

On the 30th of June 2017, Sri Lanka Telecom announced the approach of the 2nd annual “SLT Speed Up Cycle Sawariya”, at a press conference held at the Cinnamon Grand. The men’s race is scheduled to begin on the 25th of July 2017 in Colombo and end in Embilipitiya on the 29th of the same month. The overall winner will receive a handsome cash prize of Rs. 1,000,000.00/-, while the overall best team will be awarded a total of Rs. 100,000.00/-.