KARACHI - The eleven-stage 1655 kilometres Tour de Pakistan Road Cycle Race considered to be one of the most grueling in Asia will be flagged off here from the western gate of Mazar-e-Quaid Azam at 9 AM on Sunday morning. Acting Sindh Governor Shehla Raza will give the start to the competitors who after traveling through the entire length of the country would end the race in Peshawar on November 28. The prize distribution ceremony at the end of the race will be held at the Inter-continental hotel in Peshawar instead of at the finishing point. In the meantime, road safety and security arrangements have been finalised with the assistance of police of the respective provinces. Sindh police will give escort to the tour in the province and Punjab police will take over the responsibilities after the tour cross into that province from Sukkur. The NWFP police will escort the competitors on Frontier leg. As many as 70 cyclists including 12 from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will take part in the competition carrying US $ 10,000 in prize money. Top six finishers will receive the cash prizes with winner taking US $3000 and runners up getting US $2500. Sri Lankan team comprising six cyclists and two officials arrived in the city late on Friday night. They have been lodged at a private guesthouse where the Afghanistan team has also been accommodated. Pakistan cyclists have been accommodated at the Hockey Club of Pakistan. M.M Mehdi, president of the Sindh Cycling Association who is also associate secretary of the tour organizing committee, informed that before the start of the race the participants will visit the mazar to lay floral wreath and pay homage to the father of the nation. Earlier it was planned that the cyclists will visit mazar on Saturday afternoon but Sindh Sports Minister Dr M.A Shah decided that the starting point of the race would be Mazar of Quaid-e-Azam and the cyclists will visit the mazar before the start of the race. With temperatures dropping, the weather condition for the cyclists would be comfortable. Only Sri Lankans who come from tropical hot and humid climate may face some difficulties under colder conditions. For Afghanistan cyclists it would be an ideal weather to race on the roads. The first stage of the eleven-stage race will be of 163 kilometers and would be run between Karachi and Hyderabad. Following are the distances that the cyclists will be covering stage wise on eleven stages. Nov. 16: First stage Karachi Hyderabad 133 kilometers. Nov. 17: Second stage Hyderabad -Moro 163 Nov. 18:Third stage Moro -Sukkur 150 Nov. 19: Fourth stage Sukkur Rahim yar Khan 178. Nov. 20: Rest day at Rahim Yar Khan. Nov. 21: Ffifth stage Rahim Yar Khan- Bahawalpur 176 Km. Nov. 22: Sixth stage Bhawalpur -Multan 88 Km. Nov. 23: Seventh stage: Multan Sahiwal 154 Km. Nov. 24: Eight stage: Sahiwal -Lahore 160 Km Nov. 25: Rest Day at Lahore Nov. 26: Nienth stage: Lahore-Gujrat 115 Km. Nov. 27: Tenth stage: Gujrat-Rawalpindi 153 KM. Nov. 28: Eleventh and final stage: Rawalpindi- Peshawar 158 KM.