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Namibian cyclists looking forward to the Commonwealth Games

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Namibia’s elite cyclists have promised to give it their all when representing the country at the upcoming Commonwealth Games slated for Birmingham, England.The quadrennial showpiece will be held from 28 July to 08 August 2022 across 15 venues located i…

Namibia’s elite cyclists have promised to give it their all when representing the country at the upcoming Commonwealth Games slated for Birmingham, England.

The quadrennial showpiece will be held from 28 July to 08 August 2022 across 15 venues located in nine different cities and towns across the United Kingdom.

In an interview with Nampa on Tuesday, Namibia national women’s road race champion Vera Looser said training is going well.

“Since there will be two triathletes from Namibia I won't be the only female forming up the cycling team,” said Looser, who added that this will be her third Commonwealth Games and she would like to race actively and get a good result.

Meanwhile, mountain bike and road race rider Alex Rider said he is currently in Austria with the team he competes for, but will be flying back to Windhoek for the mountain bike national championships ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

“Preparation has been going well and I will be representing Namibia in mountain bike and road races. I expect strong competitors from Australia and New Zealand but my target is to at least be in the top 10 or higher as it’s not going to be easy due to the strong guys out there,” said Miller.

Drikus Coetzee, Namibia’s national road race champion who will be making his third Commonwealth Games appearance told this agency that it’s difficult to set targets for these games but he hopes to at least finish in the top 20.

Coetzee will compete in the mixed triathlon, the time trial and the road race.

“In 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia I finished 19th in the time trial but this year I don’t have a goal in terms of the road race as there is a lot of competition and different elements that play a role, but a top 20 in the time trial and road race will be good for me,” he said.

Coetzee added that the course used for the road race suits him well as it’s mostly flat and does not have too much climbing or it being technical and he expects the 160 kilometres to be a fast race

Source: The Namibian Press Agency