Murangi and Knox win 11th edition of Desert Dash

12 Dec 2015 17:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 12 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibian cyclist, Tjipe Murangi and his South African teammate Max Knox won the 2015 edition of the Nedbank Desert Dash here on Saturday morning.
The 11th Desert Dash Cycling competition started in Windhoek on Friday at 15h00. A total of 570 cyclists from 15 different countries participated in the 369 kilometres race, which had to be completed within 24 hours.
The winners completed the race in 14 hours 27 minutes and 17 seconds (14:27:17).
Namibian cyclist, Tristen de Lange and his South African counterpart, Ben Melt Swanepoel came second in the two-man category in a time of 14:39:22.
Individual rider, Konnie Looser from Switzerland won the solo men's category and finished third overall in a time of 15:03:25 behind De Lange and Swanepoel.
Race favourites, Dan Craven and Costa Seibeb, both from Namibia, ended third in the two-man category and fourth overall in a time of 15:20:20.
Rene Schoeman won the solo women’s race in a time of 19:11:49.
Team Hollard consisting of Gerhard Mans, Pieter Seyffert, Jean Paul and Johan Faber won the four-man category.
Speaking to Nampa on completion of the race, Knox said it was a great race despite the obstacles throughout the ride.
“This is the third time I’m participating in the Desert Dash and all I can say is the wind was too much but we had a great ride. We also won the first Desert Dash but since we registered late our results never counted, and last year we withdrew from the race.
“This win is really special because it will be a good thing for the local boy Tjipe to win at home with a foreign rider. We are now looking forward to defending our title next year,” said Knox.
Tjipe told this agency it was nice to win the Desert Dash for the first time and all credit should be given to their hard work as well as Nedbank that sponsored the event.
Looser said the different stages in the Desert Dash were hard for individual riders but he enjoyed the race throughout.
“I still feel like I can cycle because my legs are still fresh but I don’t think my head will allow it since it cannot take it anymore. The race was very fast from Windhoek to Kupferberg but after that I managed to hang on to the two-man teams despite them making it really hard for me since they were exchanging at different stages.
“I am happy that I managed to beat most teams and finish third overall after the long journey. I promised myself that participating in the event once was enough but after the rest, I will think about competing again next year,” he said.
A total of 330 Namibians, 150 South Africans, 18 Germans and less than 10 riders each from Colombia, United States of America, Austria, Britain, Spain, Canada, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, Finland, France and Poland took part.