08 Jun 2013 07:00
UIS, 08 JUN (NAMPA) - About 100 Enduro riders from five African countries have arrived at the rocky former mining town of Uis in the Erongo Region for the fourth round of the Bank Windhoek Namibia Enduro Series.
Countries competing in the daunting sport on Saturday are host Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Kenya.
The event is also a Federation Internationale de Motorcycle (FIM) Africa Cross-Country Challenge and Southern Off-Road Challenge (SORC) race.
About 70 Namibians are taking part in the event, including amateur and professional Enduro riders.
The two Kenyan riders, Anthony Nielson and Alan de Boer, whose participation earlier was not confirmed, have arrived as well. The duo is competing in the B2 class (motorbikes with no limit on engine displacement).
Namibia is being represented by local riders in various classes, starting with the B1 class (motorbikes up to 200cc, two stroke to 250cc four stroke).
Top local riders such as Andreas Brendel, Kai Hennes, Jorg Greiter, Sven Schneidenberger and Kai-Uwe Brettschneider spice up this category.
In the B2 class, Namibia is being represented by more experienced riders such as Dakar Rally participant Ingo Waldschmidt, Tommy Gouws, Therold Murch, Henner Rusch and David Brown.
The quad bike section or B3 class features names like Fanie Steenkamp, Heiko Bornstein, Corne Visser, Gary Rowland and Roland Hilfiker.
In the B9 class for ladies? quads, Namibia is being represented by Julia Moths, Maike Bochert, Shannon Rowlands, Claire Brendel and Jolly Fourie.
When Nampa arrived at the camping site where the riders are being accommodated on Friday, many of the riders were busy servicing their bikes to ensure that no faults jeopardise their riding.
One of the riders is the 18-year-old South African national Jaycee Nienaber, who is also the current champion FIM Inter-Continental champion.
Nienaber says in order to compete in Enduro riding one has to be fit since the sport requires a lot of energy.
?Stamina is very important because you have to apply energy, but nevertheless I am ready for it,? he said.
The event kicked off at 07h00 on Saturday morning and continues throughout the afternoon, with a prizegiving ceremony to be held on Saturday evening.