LESS than 15 hours after starting one of the toughest mountain bike races in the world in Windhoek, Konnie Looser from Switzerland, charged over the finish line in Swakopmund as the winner of the Nedbank Desert Dash for the fifth consecutive year.
Vera Adrian, who previously participated in the grueling race as part of team, won the solo female category earlier on Saturday.
More than a thousand cyclists left Windhoek from the parking area of the Grove Mall on Friday afternoon at 15:00. Participants have 24 hours to complete the gruelling cycling marathon that takes competitors 373 kilometres through the mountains of the Khomas Hochland and the dry plains of the Namib Desert.
Like last year the finish line is at the Platz Am Meer shopping mall in Swakopmund.
Many mountain bikers from all over the world participate in the race each year and Looser has been dominating the podium for the past five years.
Riders also compete in team categories which consist of two-men and four-man teams.
Besides braving the rough gravel road over the Khomas Hochland and the dry plains of the Namib Desert, cyclists in this year’s event also had to deal with heavy rain showers before the sun went down.
Like last year Looser managed a time of just over 14 hours after pedaling throughout the night.
By midday on Saturday about 400 cyclists have already finished the race.
The official results and times of the race will only be made available after the cut-off time at 15:00.