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Mixed team beat all other cyclists in ultra long distance Namib Quest

Mixed team beat all other cyclists in ultra long distance Namib Quest

The 6-day Windhoek Light Namib Quest tested the mettle of ultra long distance cyclists who had to race from Windhoek to Swakopmund by pedal power only. Forty four cyclists were brave enough to enter this race.

Eventually after 6 hard days, Germien Stals and Wilmien Chamberlaine (left) won the women’s category. Portuguese nationals Jorge Padrones and Pedro Campos (centre) were the victorious men’s team. The grand accolade went to Ben-Melt Swanepoel and Yolandie du Toit (right) as best mixed team but also as overall winners.

The substantial prize money of N$15,000 for each category was sponsored by Hollard. Two support vehicles were made available by Novel Ford.

The Windhoek Light Namib Quest is one of the few sport events owned and organised by a private company. As a utility trade mark of Namibia Breweries Ltd, it serves as a conduit to promote the good qualities of its light beer, the well-known Windhoek Light.

Breweries Manager: Global Sponsorship & Events, Ian Stevenson said this iconic race promotes a healthy lifestyle; supports the love of cycling, and creates a platform for healthy competition for cyclists. Following this year’s race, he is convinced that the event holds much promise for the future of competitive cycling.

“The 2017 Windhoek Light Namib Quest was a fantastic event. It was very well organized with great feedback from the cyclists. Windhoek Light purchased this annual cycling event from African Extreme Promotions (AEP), which saw a very successful 7th edition of the Windhoek Light Namib Quest” said Stevenson.

Of the 44 cyclists that took part in the 2017 Windhoek Light Namib Quest, 22 were foreigners including17 South Africans, three from Portugal and two from Botswana.

For next year’s Windhoek Light Namib Quest, the Breweries is hoping to attract 75 competitors, a number they see as adequate to “keep it exclusive and personal” according to Daniel Keulder of the Breweries.

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