NCF team leaves for African Road Championships

12 Feb 2018 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 FEB (NAMPA) – The Namibian Cycling Federation (NCF) on Monday sent 11 athletes to represent the country at the African Continental Road Championships, which will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 13 to 18 February 2018.
The African Continental Cycling Championships are a series of cycling races held annually since 2005 in Africa, with the best riders of the continent selected from this competition.
Martin Frayer, Xavier Papo, Dan Craven, Lotto Petrus, Fifi Kashululu and Drikus Coetzee are the elite male riders who will represent the Namibian team, while the junior riders are Charl du Plooy, Schalk van der Merwe, Dieter Koen and Alex Miller.
Vera Adrian, who was crowned the 2016 African Champion in the elite women road race and time trial category, will be the only female athlete representing the country at the championships.
Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, national team coach, Hans du Toit, said the team is ready to compete amongst the best in Africa.
“At the African Champs we are in for a medal because we have a very strong junior team that can win us silverware in the individual or team time trials.
“This junior team can also win us a medal in the road race as we have strong climbers who I believe will do well at the championships,” he said.
He added that Adrian is currently the African champion in the road race and time trial which gives her a chance for a good result in Rwanda.
Du Toit stated that the elite men’s team are in for a ride at this competition as their category is very tough.
“I don’t think the course which is a 12-kilometre hilly lap suits our riders, because this course is very technical which will make it difficult for our riders who prefer the flat courses,” Du Toit said.
He added that despite the course being full of hills, 2008 African road race champion, Craven might do well since he is a strong climber and a technical rider.
“I am confident that we will do better in the individual time trial and hopefully our elite riders will help each other in the road race for better results.”