Namibia: Nedbank National MTB Champs On Sunday

THE IJG Trails will come alive on Sunday, 17 July, when some of Namibia's top cyclists take on the 'most versatile track' ever built in the country in their bid to win the Nedbank National Mountain Bike Championships.

Defending their titles will be Costa Seibeb and Michelle Vorster, while good performances are expected from young riders such as Tristan de Lange, Herbert Peters and Michael Pretorius.

The championships are scheduled to kickstart at 08h00 with the race for the young age groups, while the elite groups start in the fourth group at 12h00.

Cycling as a sport, has grown with leaps and bounds over the past years, and the achievements of Namibian cyclists at events both locally and internationally, plus the selection of three cyclists to participate at the upcoming Rio Olympics, are testament to the commitment and perseverance of our riders.

Rolf Adrian, the vice president of the Namibia Cycling Federation (NCF) says this success can be attributed to Nedbank Namibia in a huge way because the banking institution has become the most important anchor sponsor for the sport of cycling throughout the year.

"The NCF is most grateful for Nedbank Namibia's continued support for cycling, with their sponsorship of N$60 000 for the championships this weekend. Nedbank was also the sponsors for the successful 2015 MTB Championships, held (for the first time) in Walvis Bay," he said.

Nedbank's Head for Marketing & Communication, Gernot de Klerk said that Nedbank Namibia's dedication and commitment to the development to the sport of cycling is just as steadfast and resolute today as it was when they introduced the first edition of the renowned Nedbank Cycle Challenge in November 1986.

"True to our slogan of 'Making Things Happen', we have taken cycling in Namibia to new levels of development," he said.

De Klerk adds: "Our support for cycling stems from our Go Green aspirations in which we promote cycling as a mode of sustainable transport and advocate for communities to lead a healthier lifestyle through exercise."

Some of the Nedbank sponsored cycling events this year include the Nedbank National Mountain Bike Championships, the 30th Nedbank Cycle Challenge held in February, the Nedbank road cycling and mountain bike series during the year, as well as this Nedbank National mountain bike cross country championships. This involvement will culminate in the popular Nedbank Desert Dash to be held in December.

Spectators attending the championships this Sunday will be able to enjoy all the action at the Kleine Kuppe entrance to Farm Windhoek, with the track having been built in such a manner that they will be able to catch the riders four times from one viewpoint, with two tracks going up and down twice on the same hill slope.

According to Adrian, "the track is challenging and technical, and very worthy of a championship. Credit and appreciation goes to the Rock & Rut Mountain Bike Club and their track builders for designing a demanding track for the cyclists, "The track contains hills, downhills, jumps, flowing parts, rocky sections, S-bends, rock gardens and more. The athletes will not only have to be extremely fit, but would need to have a good set of skills," said Adrian.

The prize-giving will take place from 14:15 onwards and refreshments will be available.

Source: The Namibian