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Klein-Aus Vista MTB Challenge in gear

Klein-Aus Vista MTB Challange (f.l.t.r): Leon Koch (Standard Bank Head of Business Banking), Race co-ordinator Piet Swiegers and Penny Jansen (Head of PBB sales) pose for a picture at Klein-Aus Vista in the New MTB cycling shirt.

Namibia’s mountain bike riders are gearing up for the start of the this year’s KIA mountain bike series which will kick-off this weekend with the fifth edition of the eagerly anticipated Klein-Aus Vista MTB Challenge.

The event is kindly sponsored by Standard Bank, Kia Namibia, Maerua Superspar and Gondwana Collection.
Nearly 100 cyclists from across the country have confirmed their participation. The first part of the two-day race through the Aus Mountains, labelled with the slogan ‘Tough-Scenic-Rewarding’, will start on Saturday, with the second stage scheduled for Sunday morning.
This year more categories have been introduced to give more recognition to the riders according to their age groups. The organisers have also introduced the Racing Rhino category to accommodate the heavier men and women for both the full and half marathon. Men weighing in over 90kg on the race registration day qualify for this category. Women weighing in over 70kg on the race registration day also qualify to register for the Racing Rhino category.
For kids there will be an 18 km track and they can enter on the date of registration. They should note, that this loop is mainly a single track. For toddlers there is a marked 2 km track close to the lodge.
On each day there will be prizes awarded for the top 5 participants in all categories, providing that there are five riders in a category. For the overall male winner, the Victor Ludorum, the prize money is N$10,000 and, for the first time, the overall female winner (Victrix Ludorum) will also receive N$10,000. The race has also been made very user-friendly with spectacular points along the route.

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