WINDHOEK, FEB 21 – Just off the heels of the highly successful Road Challenge, Nedbank Namibia will be hosting the Nedbank Cycle Challenge Mountain Bike (MTB) edition this coming weekend. The race will take place on Sunday, 24 February at the Waldorf School in Avis at 07h00.
The 2019 Nedbank MTB Challenge will once again coincide with the Elite Men and Women MTB National Marathon Championship. Top Namibian cyclist Michelle Vorster, who took home the gold in the Elite Woman’s Nedbank Cycle Challenge MTB race last year, will once again compete in this weekend’s race. The Professional cyclist said she is excited about the new route as it is both technical and challenging, “I had an opportunity to scout portions of the route and it is definitely worthy of a Nationals route as it is tough, challenging, and technical. Whoever comes out tops will be a worthy National Champion.”
Vorster who has represented Namibia internationally, commends the Nedbank Cycle Challenge for contributing towards her cycling career. “I will never forget my first ever Nedbank Race, as it left a positive mark in my cycling career. For me this race is like preparing for the World Championships” says Vorster.
Mountain bike cycling has seen a growth in interest over the years with more and more people participating in the mountain bike leg of the Nedbank Cycle Challenge.
“People are becoming aware of the freedom you experience on the bike and the vast possibility of exploring so many beautiful places. But what we enjoy about it is that the whole family can jump on a bike and have fun, be fit and explore. Racing is just part of that fun. Also, I think technological advances have a great part to play to make mountain biking more comfortable, safe and enjoyable” She concludes
Registration for the race will take place at the Waldorf School on Saturday, 23 February from 10h00 to 13h00.
The Kids Challenge will also take place this weekend on Saturday, 24 February. The race is open to children between the ages of three and 13 years and will also take place at Waldorf School in Avis. Parents will still be able to register their kids on the Saturday morning between 07h00 – 09h45. The race will start at 10h00, and is presented by Cycletec Adventures Namibia.
Co-sponsors of the Nedbank Cycle Challenge include Namibia Health Plan (NHP) and Coca-Cola, and is in partnerships Rock n Rut Mountain Bike Club, Windhoek Peddle Power and PayToday. – NDN Staffer