Craven to defend national road race title

27 Jan 2017 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 27 JAN (NAMPA) – Namibian professional cyclist, Dan Craven is looking forward to defend the Pupkewitz Megabuild National Road Race Championship title he won last year.
Craven, who cycles for the Israel Cycling Academy, also won the championship in 2015.
The national championships consist of an individual time trial (ITT) which will start at 16h00 on 03 February and a road race that will start at 07h00 on 05 February.
It is hosted by the Namibian Cycling Federation (NCF) in conjunction with Windhoek Pedal Power.
Craven told Nampa via telephone Thursday he is looking forward to competing in the road race but is undecided about competing in the ITT. He ended second overall after Till Drobisch in the ITT last year.
The cyclist is currently in a training camp in Spain, preparing for the season with his team, but will be home by Saturday.
“I hope I will compete in the Nedbank MTB race as it’s something I have wanted to do for many years. I’m really excited by the prospect of enjoying a day in the mountains,” he said.
The Nedbank Mountain bike (MTB) Challenge will take place on 12 February.
On Wednesday, the NCF announced that a record number of entries is expected for the national championships, with well-known cyclists such as Drobisch, Costa Seibeb, Petrus Lotto, Xavier Pappo, Gerhard Mans, Martin Freyer, Vera Adrian and Michelle Vorster all having entered for the road race.
In the road race, cyclists will compete in a 23 kilometre (km) loop route on the newly constructed bypass in the Brakwater area, north of Windhoek.
The Elite Men will cycle this route six times (totaling 147km), while Elite Women will cycle it four times (102km).