16 Aug 2013 01:41
WINDHOEK, 16 AUG (NAMPA) - The Namibian Pick 'n Pay Cycle Classic, which started off as a small cycling event with only 750 entries in the year 2000, has grown to a major national cycling event on the Namibian sports calendar.
The 14th annual The Namibian Pick 'n Pay Cycle Classic is set to take place on 12 and 13 October, and around 1 500 cyclists have so far registered for the event.
The aim is to get at least 2 000 entries for this year, said Danny Meyer, president of the Rotary Club Windhoek during the launch of the event here on Thursday.
Meyer added that the event would not be possible without major sponsors such as Pick 'n Pay, The Namibian newspaper and First National Bank of Namibia (FNB).
But the sport could also not develop if it was not for the total commitment of Windhoek Pedal Power and Rock and Rut cycle clubs, he beamed.
The Cycle Classic is not only about road racing and mountain biking, it is also the lead charity fundraiser of the Rotary Club Windhoek, which has been at the helm of the organisation since 2000.
The ever-popular Kiddies Classic and mountain-biking events take place on the Saturday (12 October), while the road race - which covers distances of up to 100 kilometres - will take place on the Sunday.
Kevin Davidow of the Rotary Club told sponsors and journalists during the launch in the capital that there will be a few changes in the 65 and 100-kilometre races to make it safer and more manageable for both riders and organisers.
All riders will for the first time be issued with electronic timers, which will make it easier for time- keepers, in addition to making the results available sooner than in previous races.
Pick 'n Pay, the main sponsor of the race, contributed N.dollars 100 000.
The Managing Director of Model Pick 'n Pay, Henry Feris said his company is committed to delivering a well-organised, yet fun-filled cycling event for all categories of cyclists from beginners to the seasoned road or mountain biker.