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Team KIA riders deliver

Winners: Pro Rider Konny Looser (left) and Vera Adrian were unbeatable during the Hollard MTB X-Ride.

Namibia’s KIA Elite riders put up strong performances during last weekend’s Hollard MTB X-Ride to secure four top 10 spots in the elite men category.

Michael Pretorius led the way for the men in red and white, completing the 90 kilometre long course in third place after 3:39:14 hours.
The win went to guest Pro Rider Konny Looser who finished the race in 3:18:40. Tristan De Lange came in second (3:24:42).
Youngster Brandon Plaatjes, who only joined the team this year, continued his impressive string of results by taking the fourth place (3:49:42), ten minutes behind his team mate Pretorius. Brothers Jan-Hendrik and and Marnus Verdoes completed the success with places five and six. In the women’s division, Namibia’s top rider Vera Adrian took top honours in impressive style, clocking in nearly a quarter of an hour (3:50:12) before second-placed Michelle Vorster (4:05:52). Irene Steyn had to settle for third place (4:21:48). A total of 150 riders took part in the race.
Results Overview of the top three: Elite Men: Konny Looser 3:18:40; Tristand de Lange 3:24:42; Michael Pretorius 3:39:14
Elite Women: Vera Adrian 3:50:12; Michelle Vorster 4:05:52; Irene Steyn 4:21:48
Sub-Veteran Men: Ingram Cuff 3:51:13; Jacques Celliers 4:02:29; Vernon Maresch 4:05:40
Veteran Men: Ian Grassow 3:52:23; Johan Vorster 4:07:43; Gustaf Bauer 4:08:02
Veteran Women: Svetlana Bauer 4:53:22; Barbara Ackermann 4:58:48; Gudrun Marschall 5:02:39
Master Men: Frank Snyman 4:01:41; Gerhard Mans Sr.4:03:36; Eckhard Waldschmidt 4:04:09
XL (90kg +): Frans-Athonie Gerber 4:16:38; Morne Louwrens 4:24:56; Gielie van Wyk 4:43:24.

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