Nedbank Cycle Challenge gets into gear – 34th edition launched
The 34th edition of the Nedbank Cycle Challenge was launched in the capital this week.
The cycle challenge is the largest participatory cycling event on the local sporting calendar with over 1000 cyclist expected take part in the icon race this year.
Speaking at the launch event, Nedbank Namibia Chief Financial Officer, JG van Graan spoke to the legacy of the historic race, “The Nedbank Cycle Challenge has proven its staying power for over three decades, and with its 34th edition this year, it has truly earned its moniker as the “Greatest Ride Under The Sun”.
As with previous years the Nedbank Cycle Challenge will comprise of three events to take place in the month of February.
The Road Challenge scheduled for Sunday, 10 February, will start in front of the Nedbank Branch on Independence Avenue. During this race, cyclists will follow the route through our beautiful City of Windhoek and its surrounding areas and will cover distances of 20km, 30km, 60km and 100km for elite cyclists.
The Kidz Challenge will take place at the Waldorf School in Avis on Saturday, 23 February. On Sunday, 24 February the Mountain Bike Challenge will also start at the Waldorf School, where adventure cyclists will hit the trails in a race testing not only technical agility but speed and racing prowess.
“From our vantage point, the quality of Namibian cycling in all of its facets is being recognised from both a continental and global perspective and is evidenced by virtue of the UCI-sanctioned races that our country has been hosting, culminating in the African Continental Mountain bike Championships that will be hosted right in our backyard, as it were, in April. Nedbank Namibia pride ourselves in having played an integral role in all of this,” explained van Graan.
Supporting sponsors for this year’s Nedbank Cycle Challenge include Namibian Cycling Federation, Windhoek Pedal Power, Rock & Rut Mountain bike Club, Coca-Cola, Namibia Health Plan, the Today Group.
Cycling enthusiasts are encouraged to apply by visiting www.today.com.na or from Nedbank branches countrywide.
Caption: (L-R): Local cyclist, Drikus Coetzee; Lesley Pieters from Rock and Rut Mountain Bike Club; Marion Schonecke from Rock and Rut Mountain Bike Club, Coca Cola Sponsorship Manager, Robinson Hangula; Nedbank Namibia CFO, JG van Graan; Tuna Brock from PayToday; WPP Vice Chairperson, Adele Conradie; WPP Chairperson, Ingrid Milz.