THE thirty-fourth edition of the Nedbank Cycle Challenge was launched this week in Windhoek where over 1000 cyclists are expected to take part in an iconic race this year.
During the launch, Nedbank Namibia Chief Financial Officer, JG van Graan, spoke on the legacy of the historic race, saying that the Cycle challenge gas earned its moniker as the greatest ride under the sun.
“The Nedbank Cycle Challenge has proven its staying power for over three decades, and with its 34th edition this year,” he said.
As with previous years, the Nedbank Cycle Challenge will comprise of three events to take place during the month of February. The Road Challenge scheduled for Sunday, 10 February, will start in front of the Nedbank Branch on Independence Avenue and will cover distances of 20km, 30km, 60km and 100km. The Kids 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 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. At Nedbank Namibia, we 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 the Namibian Cycling Federation, Windhoek Pedal Power, Rock & Rut Mountain bike Club, Coca-Cola, Namibia Health Plan and the Today Group.