FNB Schools Mountain Bike League kicks off

The 2020 FNB Namibia Schools Mountain Bike League kicked off on 25 September at the IJG trails, Kleine Kuppe gate in the capital.

Aimed at creating excitement for children and their bicycles, the event has been held for the past nine years and started with a small group of enthusiastic cyclists.

A media statement availed to Nampa on Monday by FirstRand Namibia Group Communications Manager, Elzita Beukes, said the event has grown in leaps and bounds over the years and last year over 150 school children, aged between four and 18 years took part in the various events.

“FNB Namibia, through the FNB Namibia Foundation Trust, has always placed great value on sport and sponsorships in a variety of sporting codes from tennis, to netball, table tennis, rugby, soccer, and horse-riding have been part of the bank’s support policy,” Beukes said in the statement.

She further noted that this year, due to COVID-19 and all the challenges the pandemic has brought with it, FNB Namibia was not expecting the levels of participation as last year, with many schools having not yet organised themselves for extramural activities. However, despite this, 135 riders from 16 schools as far afield as Gobabis arrived to participate.

“We did not wish to cancel the league as we have many youngsters who have been participating for a number of years and were looking forward to another year of cycling in a safe environment with tracks that encourage and not scare them. We are thus thrilled at the level of participation and the enthusiastic response to being able to race again,” she said.

The FNB Schools Mountain Bike League consists of five races and the final is planned for 14 November 2020.

All races will be held at the IJG Trails, Otjivero Street, Kleine Kuppe, and the next event is set to take place on 09 October 2020 with all information on start times and COVID-19 protocols available on Facebook and Instagram.

Source: Namibia Press Agency