03 Jun 2017 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 02 JUN (NAMPA) Namibian cyclists Xavier Papo and Irene Steyn finished second in the Windhoek Light Namib Quest Mountain Bike Event.
The event, organised by Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), started on 20 May and ended 26 May. The stage race began in Windhoek and ended in the coastal town of Swakopmund.
The route passes through the mountains of the Khomas Hochland, dropping down through the transition plateau into the famous Namib Desert, and includes parts of the Namib Naukluft Park.
South African team Wilmien Chamberlain and Germien Stals won the mixed event.
Information availed to Nampa by David van der Sandt, who was hired by NBL to document the race, said the overall title was claimed by the professional Team Garmin outfit of Ben Melt Swanepoel and Yolandi du Toit from South Africa.
The local team of Steyn and Papo won two stages but it was Swanepoel and Du Toit who took honours in Swakopmund, he said.
He added that the race is considered one of the most grueling long distance mountain bike races in Africa.
According to some overseas competitors, there are similar events in the Indian Himalayas and the Gobi desert in Mongolia. The 2017 edition attracted competitors from Portugal, Spain, South Africa and a big contingent of local riders, said Van der Sandt
In video footage provided to this agency by Van der Sandt, Steyn and Papo who have previously won the Windhoek Light Namib Quest as individuals, said they enjoyed the ride, especially in the final stages.
This was Papo and Steyns first success riding as a mixed team.
Of the 42 riders who entered this years event, 38 managed to finish the race.