By Sports Reporter
NAMIBIA will play host to some of Africa’s finest cyclists who are expected to compete in the Nedbank XC 1UCI category One in the capital.
A media release by Nedbank states that Pieter du Toit, Mariske Strauss and Cherie Redecker are amongst some of the top South African cyclists who will be taking part in the cycling this weekend.
The Union Cyclist International (UCI) classified race will also see top cyclists from Lesotho such as Monese Phetetso and Masitise Likeleli, who both have a UCI ranking of 98, taking part.
From Namibia, Costa Seibeb, Tristan de Lange, Xavier Papo and Michelle Vorster have all confirmed participation.
The race will take place at the IJG Trails in Windhoek, Kleine Kuppe on 31st March and 01st April. Tomorrow registration and late entries will take place as from 09h00 while the race kicks off at 14h00.
On Saturday, the race kicks off bright and early at 08h00.
Since the race is a UCI category race, it means international cyclists taking part stand a chance to earn extra points that can get them into bigger competitions. The race is designed to provide competitive opportunities to cyclists in all categories which include amongst others Elite Women and Men Under-23, Junior Men and Women, Grand Master Men, Veteran Men and Women, as well as Sub Veteran Men and Women.
Nedbank Namibia has for the past three years pumped more than N$350 000 into the XC Cross Country Series, and have sponsored N$100 000 towards this weekend’s race.
“Nedbank Namibia has a long-standing association with cycling development in Namibia, which stretches back to November 1986 when the first edition of the Nedbank Cycle Challenge was hosted. The growth of the sport, and particularly the steady improvement of young, talented cyclists, has been heartening to note in recent years.
“We are exceptionally proud to be associated with a number of top class cycling events in our country, and the UCI race will surely extend the growing reputation of our country as a capable host for premier cycling races on the African continent,” said Gernot de Klerk, Head of Marketing & Communication.
Late registration can still be accommodated tomorrow from 09h00 to 15h00 at The Kayak club next to the municipal swimming pool in Olympia.
Many of the international cyclists taking part in this race participated in the Absa Cape Epic which finished last week Sunday.
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