CLOSE to one hundred riders will take part in the first ever Oshana Cycle Challenge that is geared to take place on Saturday, 24 August.
The Oshana Cycle Challenge aims to develop cycling in the northern regions by providing the cycling community in that area with an opportunity to compete in a professional cycling event.
The race will start from the Game Shopping Centre in Oshakati at 07h00, and take riders along the newly constructed Okatana/Endola road to the town of Helao Nafidi and back.
Cyclists will be riding the 100km, 60km or 25km route. The 100km riders will follow the Okatana road, passing Endola, turn towards the town of Onhuno and proceed to Helao Nafidi, where they turn back and cycle back using the same route. The 25km and 60km also follow the Endola road, with the 25km riders turning back 5km before reaching Endola, whereas the 60km will turn back 10km after Endola.
The event that is sponsored by Nedbank Namibia has been organised by the Oshana cyclists.
“We believe that the event is a window of opportunity for local cycling talent to be recognised,” said organiser and avid cyclist, Lucky Mbako.
Mbako added, “There is very little support given to cyclists in the north and we hope that the Oshana Cycle Challenge will open other opportunities for the cycling community here.”
Children under the ages of 14 are invited to take part in the kiddies’ race on Friday, 23 August from 13h00 at the Oshana Mall parking area.
Entries are N$80 and can be collected at all Nedbank Namibia Branches in the north.
Closing day is Friday, 23 August. The registration and number collection will take place at the Nedbank Oshana Mall Branch in Ongwediva from 13h00.