Yambu Life Cycle challenge to become an annual event
Trustco Life Ltd hosted the Yambu Life Cycle MTB Challenge last week Saturday at Iitum-ba, which is situated just south-east of the Windhoek Country Club Resort. A total amount of N$200 000 in prize money for all the categories, was up for grabs, the largest prize purse to be offered in Namibia for a cycling event. Trustco Life Ltd, through its Yambu Life product’s philosophy of rewarding health, has found a fitting partner in cycling, a sport that promotes physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. A variety of courses caters for all riders, including a 12km fun ride, a 25km intermediate course, and an endurance testing 50km track.
The courses are 85% jeep-track, designed to test the rider’s technical ability and fitness levels. The race is open to all ages, from beginner level and energetic youngsters, up to advanced level and the not-so-young but young at heart cyclers. The Yambu Life Cycle MTB challenge saw a total of 147 riders tackle the 12 Km, 25 Km and 50 Km tracks on the day. The tracks, comprising very technical sections with steep downhills and 40 degree inclines, were challenging and tested the riders’ skills and endurance.Part of the 50 km track was “The Hill”, a particularly tough and steep climb. In order to refer to it in future Challenges, a competition was launched in which riders who reached the summit of the hill were encouraged to suggest a name for it. “The Hill” will henceforth be known as “ Achilles Hill,” the winning name suggested by Andra Van Staden who walked away with a N$5000 cash prize for her creativity. Annette Brand, Head of Trustco Insurance and Life Ltd. said “based on the success of this year’s inaugural event, the Yambu Life Cycle challenge is set to become a yearly event and riders are encouraged to start preparing now.”Apart from the prize money awarded to winners of the various categories, a total amount of N$24000.00 was paid to13 attendees in a Lucky Draw competition.