Having just lost the sponsorship of the former FNB Desert Dash to rival Nedbank, FNB Namibia announced this week it will continue to support cycling through other events.
On 29 and 30 August FNB Namibia will be part of the Wispeco Otjihavera Experience mountain bike race with an expected 200 cyclists. Ingrid Goeieman, Sponsorship and Donation Manager, FNB Namibia Group said that this is the 10th anniversary of the event and it is the biggest and longest standing multi stage mountain bike race.
“It is a two day mountain bike event, starting at Otjihase mine on day one, ending at Midgard. Day two starts at Midgard ending at Okapuka Lodge after crossing over the Otjihavera Mountains. The race started with a handful of riders in the first year and has grown to 200 enthusiastic cyclists in 2015. The race is presented by Rock & Rut Mountain Bike Club covering a total of 150km over farms in the Otjihavera mountains.”
FNB Namibia put forward their sponsorship of N$ N$35,000 and the bank will also look after the riders with the Physiotherapy stations again as part of their commitment to the sport. “BRG biokinetiks are again on board and are delighted that FNB is making this possible,” said Goeieman.
She added that cycling remained one of the great outdoor sports that the young and old can enjoy in and will thus always be a sporting code supported by the bank.
“This event is well organised and has proven its popularity by growing in leaps and bounds and as a bank we enjoy supporting active, outdoor and a healthy lifestyle.” She urged all cyclists to send in their entries as soon as possible as entries for the event close on 8 August.