24 Oct 2018 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 24 OCT (NAMPA) - The 13th edition of the Desert Dash cycling competition was launched here on Tuesday.
The Desert Dash is Namibias biggest cycling competition and covers 369 kilometres of mainly gravel road between Windhoek and Swakopmund, which must be completed within 24 hours.
This years competition takes place on 07 and 08 December, starting at 15h00 on the Friday at the Grove Mall in Windhoek. The cut-off time is 15h00 on the Saturday at the Platz am Meer Shopping Mall in Swakopmund.
Individual rider, Konnie Looser from Switzerland won the solo mens category for the third time in a row in 2017, while Rebecca Robisch won the solo womens race.
In the two-man division, Team Kia Elites Cobus Smit and Drikus Coetzee made it to the checkpoint first while Michelle Vorster and Carmen Buchacher, riding for the Janine and Suzelle Davin Sport Trust, were first in the two-woman category.
Team MBM came up tops in the four-man category.
Speaking at the launch of the Desert Dash, Nedbank Namibias Executive: Retail and Business Banking, Richard Meeks said the popularity of the Nedbank Desert Dash continues to grow. He said the four-man team category was sold out in a record 20 seconds this year.
This year we will have riders from 14 different nations competing for top honours. Just over 620 of the dashers will be Namibians, with South Africans just about half that number, he said.
The dash covers six stages and riders can participate in teams of two or four, or compete as individual riders. A solo cyclist, Namibian Mannie Heymans, who completed the race in 12 hours, 13 minutes, holds the current record across all categories.
A total of 1 020 riders will compete in the event this year, with 220 competing in the solo category.