02 Sep 2015 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 SEP (NAMPA) - The 2015 Red Bull Braveman (RBB) Extreme Enduro will take place at the Elisenheim Guest Farm and surrounding farms north of Windhoek on the B1 road towards Okahandja this weekend.
Forty riders have confirmed participation in this years event.
It will be the second RBB after the maiden event held last year, which saw South African rider Wade Young crowned champion.
The 19-year-old Young entered for the event again, as did third place winner Jörn Greiter from Namibia. Riaan van Niekerk from South Africa ended second in 2014.
Red Bull marketer Nadja Heger told Nampa on Tuesday this years Braveman event will be unique as both the prologue and actual race will take place at one venue.
The prologue, set for Friday afternoon, will give riders the chance to show off their skills on an obstacle course, while also determining their starting positions for Saturday morning.
The challenges that the riders are going to face will probably be the most extreme enduro racing we have ever had in Namibia or maybe even southern Africa, Heger said, adding that the event is going to be spectacular.
The RBB is described as the toughest and most unforgiving race for riders as they have to face natural obstacles such as boulders and dry riverbeds, as well as man-made obstacles. The rough terrain barely gives riders the chance to speed up before they have to slow down again.
Other South African riders who have entered are Ross Branch and Dwayne Kleynhans. The only female participant, Kirsten Landman, also hails from South Africa.
Namibias Greiter, Henner Rusch, Ingo Waldschmidt and 17-year-old Pascal Henle will be some of the riders attempting to keep the title on local soil.
Riders can choose between 40, 80 and 120 kilometre (km) routes which were designed with technical skills and not speed in mind to allow all riders to have a fair chance in conquering the tracks.
The race programme starts at 11h00 on Friday, when riders have to complete all their documentation and riders briefings, with the prologue starting at 16h00.
On Saturday, the first motorcycles will leave the starting point at 06h00.
The first event was hosted in Windhoek at the end of April last year with 22 entries. The prologue was held at the Doc Jubber sport grounds in Olympia, and the main event was held on the eastern outskirts of Windhoek.