04 Dec 2013 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 04 DEC (NAMPA) - Old Mutual Namibia sponsored cycling equipment worth N.dollars 20 000 to a womens cycling team, which will participate in the FNB 2013 Desert Dash next week.
The cyclists who will participate in the 369-kilometres race over a period of 24 hours from Windhoek to Swakopmund are Patricia Hoeksema, Charmaine Shannon, Andra van Staden and Svetlana Bauer.
The sponsorship comprises cycling shirts and shorts, jackets, backpacks, water bottles as well as the entry fee of N.dollars 3 680 for the team.
Speaking during the sponsorship handing-over here on Wednesday, Old Mutual Manager: Personal Finance Advisors Herman Reinders said it is a great honour and privilege for his company to support the team.
He said Old Mutual wants to be visible in this sports code, and despite it being a tough competition, he called on more women to take part in cycling.
We hope that all of you finish the competition, and have a safe journey during the race. Most importantly, enjoy the ride, noted Reinders.
On behalf of the team, Shannon, who participated in various cycling competitions such as the Cape Argus Cycling Tour and the Cape Epic, said the team practised very hard over the past six months, and are well-prepared for the race.
The competition is rough, especially at night when it is dark, and it is also a very hot and dusty race.
However, the team intends to finish the race in a significantly short time.
Safety is a concern, but we want to have a good time, and expect to also have fun, she said.
The race will kick off at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino on 13 December at 15h00.
Close to 500 cyclists will participate in the event, which will include solo riders, as well as two-member and four-member teams.
There will be a neutral zone until the Western Bypass/Kupferberg intersection, from where the riders will proceed in a westerly direction to Swakopmund.
Stage One will commence at the hotel at the top of the Kupferberg Pass, with the full team participating in a 30km ride, and all riders will also have to cycle a 70km route before reaching the finishing line in the vicinity of the Strand Street Skateboard Ramp area in Vineta, Swakopmund.
Hoeksema is scheduled to start the single-rider race from Kupferberg to the top of the Kuiseb River Bridge as part of Stage Two.
During Stage Three, Shannon will continue from the Kuiseb River Bridge to the Khomas Safari intersection, while Van Staden will proceed from the Khomas Safari intersection to Bloed Kopje over the same distance as part of Stage Four.
Bauer will then continue from Bloed Kopje to Goanikontes as part of Stage Five, while the full team will continue, covering a distance of 30 kilometres, to the finishing line.
All categories must complete the event by 15h00 on Saturday, 14 December.