12 Jan 2018 11:40am
By Hesron Kapanga
JOHANNESBURG, 12 JAN (NAMPA) - The Namibian Cycling Federation (NCF) national team arrived in South Africa Friday morning to participate in the Mpumalanga Tour, which takes place from 13 to 18 January 2018.
The six-stage road cycle race is the biggest road cycling event in South Africa. It covers a total distance of 752 kilometres in South Africas Mpumalanga province - from Loskopdam to Badplaas, Mbombela, Graskop and Blyde River Canyon.
Dan Craven, Lotto Petrus, Fifi Kashululu, Jojo Hamunyela and Drikus Coetzee will represent team Namibian during the six-day road race.
Speaking to Nampa at the OR Tambo International Airport on Friday, team captain Craven said the team is ready to compete amongst the best teams and riders in South Africa.
The Mpumalanga Tour is one of the best road tours in South Africa and as a team representing the NCF we are happy to compete at this event as it will show us how far we have grown as a team and what we need to improve on going forward, he said.
He added that the team is not competing for national colours and they are just a group of cyclists selected by the federation to compete in the event, while at the same time preparing for future competitions.
We are a good team of top cyclists and we will do our best to make the country proud, Craven said.
The Mpumalanga Tour is described as ideal for cyclists to train for the South African Championships and the Cape Epic. The tour starts in the Limpopo Province, moving through the most scenic areas of Mpumalanga and comprises the following stages:
Stage 1 Blyde River to Swadini
Stage 2 Swadini to Mount Sheba
Stage 3 Mount Sheba to Mbombela Stadium
Stage 4 White River to Mbombela via Umjindi
Stage 5 Mbombela Stadium to eManzana
Stage 6 eManzana to finish at Loskopdam
The Namibian team is expected back in the country next Friday.