18 Apr 2017 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 18 APR (NAMPA) - The annual Omaruru Spar Cycle Challenge was launched here on Tuesday.
The road race will see riders compete in a 25 kilometre (km) fun race, and 60km and 106km races for elite cyclists on Saturday on the Omaruru-Kalkfeld road.
Ingram Cuff and Michelle Vorster are the defending champions in the senior men and womens categories.
Berthold Karumendu, regional sports officer for the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, called on the corporate world to invest in sports.
This is the only way they can contribute positively to youth development and empowerment in the country, said Karumendu during the launch.
He credited the events partners - First National Bank (FNB) Omaruru and Spar Omaruru - for making the event a reality.
FNB Omaruru contributed N.dollars 20 000 and Spar Omaruru N.dollars 45 000 towards the event. Coca-Cola contributed N.dollars 6 000 worth of soft drinks.
Speaking at the same event, Gordon Pokolo, marketing manager of FNB Namibia, said they have been partners of the event for many years and will continue to be part of the event as it reaches out to local communities with such prominence.
It is evident to note that cycling has become one of the fastest growing sports in Namibia, and the Omaruru Spar cycling race is fast becoming one of the most popular cycling events in the country, he said.
FNB applauded the organising team for their continuous effort invested in ensuring the race becomes a success, Pokolo said, adding they hope their contribution will help strengthen and grow the event.
Registration is open until Friday evening at the Central Hotel in Omaruru.
The three best cyclists in the senior category over 106km will win between N.dollars 3 000 and N.dollars 1 000, while the first three riders in the 60km category will win between N.dollars 750 and N.dollars 250.