The Namibian Pick n Pay Cycle Classic expects almost 2,000 participants this year. Pick n Pay Namibia – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group and main sponsor also availed a cash sponsorship of N$120,000 towards this year’s event. Through its brand VIGO, NBL will provide the equipment used to stage the cycle classic, as well as make sure that soft drinks are readily available for every cyclist who finishes their race, as well as to assistants of the event. Vigo also provides for the prize money of the winners in the various categories of the Mountain Bike (MTB) and Road Bike (RB) races.
In total, Vigo’s sponsorship amounts to N$100,000. Nico Gericke, sponsorship supervisor at NBL expressed joy to be associated with such an event. “Not only does the annual Namibian Pick n Pay Cycle Classic bring together lovers of cycling in harmony, but it also promotes healthy living and generates money for good causes. We are proud to be associated with this event that has clearly grown from strength to strength over the last few years.”
According to Danny Meyer from the Rotary Club Windhoek, who is also the convenor of the 2015 Namibian Pick n Pay Cycle Classic, cycling is the fastest growing sport internationally and here in Namibia its popularity continues to grow: “The appeal of cycling cuts across generations to include the young and old. The same applies to gender with males and females participating in races or enjoying a recreational ride, side-by-side.”
“Likewise when it comes to cost all and any income group is attracted to cycling. So the attraction of cycling should not come as a surprise, as other than having a two-wheeled self-propelled bicycle anyone can participate. Furthermore, no special skill is required, unlike most other sports, when it comes to enjoying a ride on a bike,” he added.
“For those who did not get a chance to enroll for this year’s event yet, late entries will be accepted”, said Meyer.
The venue for this year’s The Namibian Pick n Pay Cycle Classic is the Doc Jubber Hockey Fields in Windhoek’s suburb of Olympia.