WINDHOEK, 15 APR – South Africans Reinhard Zellhuber and Candice Lill won the 2018 Nedbank/Rock and Rut UCI elite men and women’s mountain bike races in Windhoek on Saturday.
Zellhuber beat a strong field of 16 cyclists, coming home in a time of 1 hour, 32 minutes and 59 seconds (1:32:59), ahead of fellow South African Steven Jarrod van den Heever, who clocked 1:35:35.
Namibian rider, Xavier Papo, came in third, one second behind Van den Heever.
In the women’s section, Lill came home in 1:35:04, followed by Namibia’s Elanor Grassow, who crossed the line in 1:46:52, and Luanne van Schyff, also from Namibia, who completed the race in 1:51:51.
In the junior men’s event, Namibia’s Alex Miller beat a strong challenge from South African, Brendan van Eeden, and Schalk van der Merwe of Namibia.
Miller clocked 1:13:49, Van Eeden 1: 23:39, and Van der Merwe 1:26:02.
Miller also won last year’s race, while Van Eeden was third.
Riders competed over a 4.2 kilometre single-track route with challenging climbs.
The competition is sanctioned by the International Cycling Union (UCI), and those with UCI licences earn points that are used to rank cyclists globally.