Tour de Windhoek 2019 launched

The third edition of the revamped Tour de Windhoek was launched here on Wednesday with a number of international riders expected to partake in the tour.

The tour which is the pride of Namibian cycling, and serves as a perfect platform for local riders to experience the thrill of professional cycling will be held from 20 to 22 September 2019.

The race, separated into five stages, will this year again see riders covering 400 kilometre (km) over the three days with distances varying from 107km for Dordabis to 23km in the Time Trials.

Speaking at the launch on Wednesday, Mannie Heymans from Lema Events, the organisers of the race said this year they have changed the team time trial from its normal Dobra route to Tony Rust Race Track.

We know South African teams all the times come here with all their best equipment's and win the event easily but this year the time trial will be difficult for them to win as we have made the playing ground levelled and the team with the best bike handling will bring in the result, he said.

Heyman added that the Tour de Windhoek, will also see the best riders in the various categories walking away with great prizes, which include event jerseys for the King of the Mountain, best sprinter, best young rider and the winning team as well as the acclaimed Yellow Jersey, which is awarded to the rider that top the general classification having completed all stages in the shortest time.

The budget for this year event will be N.dollars 136,000 and will be shared among the various winners.

Since its return in 2017, South African riders dominated the tour; Steven van Heerden of Team BCX won the general classification of the revamped edition in 2017 while his teammate Nolan Hoffman took the crown in 2018. Their team BCX won the team classification on both years.

Source: Namibia Press Agency