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KIA Mountain Bike series kick off

Michael Pretorius (in front) battling with Herbert Peters in last year’s event.

Michael Pretorius (in front) battling with Herbert Peters in last year’s event.

KIA mountain bike series will kick-off this weekend when Namibia’s elite riders take to the south to compete at the 4th Klein-Aus Vista Mountainbike Challenge. The first part of the two-day race through the Aus mountains will start on Friday (01 May) at 7:30, with the second stage taking place on Saturday morning. Riders compete in either the full marathon (70km) or the half marathon (35km).

A total of 144 riders have confirmed their participation, including the defending champion Tristan de Lange. The men’s division also includes KIA’s very own riders, Martin Freyer and Michael Pretorius as well as the likes of Heinrich Köhne, Herbert Peters and Nick du Plessis, who are among the best mountain bikers Namibia has to offer, and they will challenge de Lange for the title. The winner will walk away with a cool N$10,000 in prize money. The woman’s division will see the likes of Irene Steyn and Michelle Voster going head-to-head for the prize money of N$ 7,500.
“The popularity of the race has grown significantly since its launch four years ago, and the contribution of our sponsors, including Kia Motors, Standard Bank, Gondwana Collection and Maerua Superspar, have been key to making the event so successful,” race organiser Piet Swiegers commented.

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