Riders gear up for fourth leg of KIA MTB Series

17 Jul 2014 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 17 JUL (NAMPA) - The town of Outjo in the Kunene Region will be a hub of cycling activity on Saturday when the Ugab Terrace Metals’ Tsumeb Mountain (MTB) Challenge takes place as part of the KIA mountain bike series.
The Kia mountain bike series is hosted in different towns around Namibia throughout the year, and cyclists collect points at every race, with the highest-ranked rider winning an overall prize at the end of the series.
Just over a week ago, Martin Freyer was crowned Namibian Under-23 mountain bike champion after clinching the first place at the National MTB championships in Tsumeb.
He is expected to race again on Saturday in the fourth leg of KIA MTB Series in Outjo. Other riders in action will be Hester Prins, who clinched first place in the Open Women’s Division in the championships, and Herbert Peters, who put up a great display in the junior boys’ race in Tsumeb.
The event organisers said in a statement on Thursday the race is sub-divided into routes of 30 and 60 kilometres (km), as well as a 15-km “fun ride”.
Race director Corrie Labuschagne was quoted saying that about 100 entries have been received so far, but they expect this number to increase by Saturday. Last year, some 160 riders participated in the race.
“It’s a very nice track, it’s very rocky, and there are some heavy climbs the participants have to master. All in all, we expect some great action and we invite members of the public to join us for this day,” said Labuschagne.