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Cycle Challenge enters 30th year

Nedbank Namibia Managing Director Lionel Matthews this week launched the 30th edition of the iconic Cycle Challenge in the capital. The challenge is Namibia’s foremost cycling competition and sees riders from all four corners of Namibia putting pedal to the medal, all in an effort to walk away with in excess of N$100,000 for the flagship 100 kilometre challenge. Namibia Media Holdings and Europcar have also joined in support of the race as sponsors to this year’s event, slated for 15 February 2015.

Cyclists are amped up for the 30th instalment of the Nedbank Cycle Challenge Tour that will see Namibia’s best riders in action this weekend, each hoping to walk off with the coveted prize money anticipated to be in excess of N$100,000.

With even more sponsors involved such as Europcar and Namibia Media Holdings, Nedbank Managing Director Lionel Matthews opened up proceedings for this year’s edition of the challenge. He said, “we will be hosting the Nedbank Cycle Challenge for the 30th time this year and just as we do every year, we have taken a hard look at how we can make the experience even better for participants and spectators.”
With the assistance of the RocknRut Mountain Club, riders can look forward to a very tactical route that will test the most experienced of riders.
Said Matthews, “I am sure that the route prepared by RocknRut Mountain Bike Club will test the skills and endurance of the eventual champions to the maximum.” The challenge will kick off right infront of the Old Mutual Building opposite the Zoo Park and will finish at the same point for the first time ever in the illustrious history of the competition.
Added Matthews, “this year’s Nedbank Cycle Challenge will offer to all the winners a unique opportunity to own the very first records as a result of the new race routes. Even at this early stage, there are no clear favourites for the title which means that we may well see a very technical race and fast sprints to the finish.”
Cyclists younger then 19 will not be allowed to participate in this year’s Mountain Bike Challenge while the ante has been raised for the Cycle Challenge with riders expected to cycle up to Omeya for the 100 kilometre route. Cyclists are expected to participate in either the 20, 35, 75 and 100 kilometre routes for the Cycle Challenge while mountain bike enthusiasts will brave it out on 20, 30 and 75 kilometre routes.

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