Jooste dreams of completing Desert Dash

11 Aug 2017 08:10am
WINDHOEK, 11 AUG (NAMPA) - Veteran cyclist Bill Jooste is optimistic that he will complete the 2017 Nedbank Desert Dash in less than 24 hours after missing the cut off-time by just a few minutes during the 2015 and 2016 events.
The Desert Dash is Namibia’s biggest cycling competition and covers 369 kilometres (km) of mainly gravel road between Windhoek and Swakopmund. It must be completed within 24 hours.
The 13th edition of this gruelling race will be held on 08 December 2017.
Jooste, 79, competes in the solo category.
He told Nampa recently he will be fit and ready before December.
“I am currently working with a biokineticist in Walvis Bay to build up strength and endurance,” he said.
Jooste is also working on his mental strength, which is important when they ride alone at night during the race.
“Last year I started very well but as it got dark I struggled with the wind and cold in some parts of the desert,” he said.
Close to 900 riders have thus far registered for the 2017 Desert Dash. It includes 191 solo riders, 116 two-person teams and 118 four-person teams.
Event organiser Leandre Borg told Nampa on Thursday the four-person team category has sold out.
“We will still allow solo and two-person teams to register because a maximum number of 1 000 participants will be allowed to compete,” he said.