09 Aug 2013 06:30
WINDHOEK, 09 AUG (NAMPA) - Dubbed the Rocky Horror Show by enduro riders, the sixth leg of the Bank Windhoek Namibian National Enduro Series will start south of Karibib in the Erongo Region on Saturday.
The name is derived from the rocky terrain on the Farms Albrechtshöhe and Kaliombo south of Karabib, where the event will take place.
James Dyer, spokesperson of the Namibia Enduro Club, told Nampa on Friday morning that just over 50 riders have entered the competition so far. The entries closed on Thursday night, but a few late entries were still expected from the coastal towns.
The steep uphill and downhill terrain, combined with rocks and boulders, will test the riders to the fullest, he enthused.
Dyer said after six races, the fitness of the riders should be of a high standard and the terrain should not be an issue to them, but it is all about getting the riders and their machines to the end of the race.
The two big names to keep an eye on are Henno Rusch and three-time Dakar participant Ingo Waldschmidt, he noted. Both riders will take part in the open class.
Head of Corporate Communications and Social Investment at Bank Windhoek, Riaan van Rooyen told this news agency that although banks are involved in money and money-related issues, Bank Windhoek also operates in the community they serve.
It is a privilege for the bank to give back to the community, he stated.
Bank Windhoek is the main sponsor of the event.
When asked why the bank sponsors enduro racing, Van Rooyen said the sport is about perseverance, about practicing and about being consistent and doing consistently good.
Bank Windhoek is proud to be involved with the sport, as it is one of the few sports codes that are well-managed. Administration is on par, and the Enduro club also has a development angle, he indicated.
The race is expected to start at 07h00, with the last riders expected to finish around 16h00.
The riders will compete in four laps over a route of 52 kilometres.