Robisch, Looser retain their Desert Dash titles

09 Dec 2018 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 DEC (NAMPA) – Konny Looser from Switzerland and Rebecca Robisch from Germany successfully retained their Nedbank Desert Dash titles for the third successive time by winning the gruesome 369 kilometre event on Saturday.
The Desert Dash is Namibia’s longest cycling race which takes place annually from Windhoek to Swakopmund and must be completed within 24 hours.
Looser was the first rider to reach the finish line, coming home in a time of 14 hours, 52 minutes and 21 seconds (14:52:21) followed closely by Drikus Coetzee, who clocked a time of 14:56:57.
Third place was taken by Jacques Tattersall of South Africa, whose time was 16:15:21.
In the women’s section, Robisch came home ahead of Irene Steyn and Siska van de Bijl respectively.
Robisch clocked 17:17:07, with Namibia’s Steyn clocking 18:19:44 and South Africa’s Van de Bijl managing to come home in a time of 19:00:18.
Speaking to the media after the race, Looser said he felt good after winning the race, but it was difficult during the race.
“The first 180 or so kilometers had a lot of headwinds which made it difficult. In the last five hours it was very uncomfortable, it was not so much fun, but I am glad I made it and in the end I am glad I reached my goal,” he said.
He however would not say if he would be back next year to attempt to win the race for a fourth consecutive time.
The two-man team race, Martin Freyer of Namibia and Richard Simpson of South Africa won in a time of 14:59:53 ahead of Lotto Petrus of Namibia and Nolan Bruce Hoffman who clocked a time of 15:28:40.
Third place was taken by Nicolaas Swart and Joshua Scherer, both from Namibia, in a time of 16:10:00.
In the women’s section, Christiane Beulker (Namibia) and Catherine Pellow-Jarman (South Africa) won the race in a time of 19:02:41 followed by Samantha Geyser of the United Kingdom and Lonel Smith of Namibia in a time of 19:07:57.
Third place was taken by Vicki Vosloo and Adele Conradie of Namibia in a time of 21:59:23.
The 14th edition of the Nedbank Desert Dash started at Grove Mall in Windhoek on Friday at 15h00, with cyclists riding through the mountains and desert throughout the night.