Dan Craven wins Pupkewitz national cycle challenge

07 Feb 2016 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA) - Namibian professional cyclist, Dan Craven won the Pupkewitz National Road Race Championships held in the capital on Sunday morning.
It was the final decider to select a representative for Namibia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Craven beat Till Drobisch and Costa Seibeb to the line to be crowned this year's national champion.
Speaking to the media after the race Craven said he was excited to win the race despite having a tough race, but his opponents made it all worthwhile.
“I am really proud of the way Costa raced today, he really had a brilliant ride. I thought he would drop out from the leading pack during the race but he maintained the pace. Till and I race and practice in Europe but Costa is a local boy and he showed us how cycling has improved in the country.
“I would also like to thank the race organiser for designing such a brilliant route that we used today. It was really world standard it felt like the routes we usually use in our competitions in Europe,” he said.
With an athlete who will represent Namibia at the Olympics, the Namibia National Olympic Committee on Thursday announced a points allocation system for the Olympics in a press release.
The National Championships count 40 per cent towards the total, while the 2015 All Africa Games and the Africa Tour will each count 30 per cent.
“Following the National Race the two bodies (Namibia National Olympic Committee and Namibia Cycling Federation) will meet next Tuesday to finalise the points allocation, while the road cyclist to represent Namibia at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games will be announced at a joint press conference on Wednesday, 10 February,” the statement read.
In the women’s category, Vera Adrian beat Michelle Kruger to the line. They will be leaving for Morocco later this month where they will compete at the African Championships for an Olympic spot.
South Africa has already qualified for the Olympics, and the first country besides South Africa that will cross the line in Morocco in the road race will obtain a ticket to Rio.