10 Feb 2019 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 FEB (NAMPA) Dan Craven and Vera Adrian were once again crowned champions of the 2019 Nedbank Cycle Challenge after winning the 100-kilometre race in Windhoek on Sunday.
After impressive performances Craven and Adrian successfully defended the titles they scooped in 2018.
To be crowned champion in the elite men division, Craven beat off competition from South African rider Nolan Hoffman who was a guest rider for NCCS Pro Cycling team.
Craven rode a time of two hours, 26 minutes and 19 seconds (02:26:19) while Hoffman did a time of 02:26:20. National cycling champion Alex Miller finished the race in third place with a time of 02:26:20.
In the elite womens category, Adrian once again beat 2017 champion Michelle Vorster in a time of 02:53:05 after the two ladies again had their own race throughout the entire 100km.
Adrian and Vorster, who finished the race in a time of 02:53:15, broke out of the race when they took the Sam Nujoma Drive route to Daan Viljoen.
Genevieve Weber who was in the chasing pack that was more than seven minutes behind, finished in third position in a time of 03:03:40.
The Nedbank Cycle Challenge race started at Zoo Park, with riders cycling along Independence Avenue before joining Hosea Kutako Drive all the way to the Western Bypass.
They turned back at the Döbra turn-off to Brakwater before re-joining the bypass at the weighbridge.
The route took them to Sam Nujoma Drive, where they continued up to Matchless Mine, and made a U-turn to re-join the bypass once again before retracing their steps to Zoo Park via Independence Avenue to finish the race.
Speaking to Nampa after the race, Craven said he had a great race and was happy with the challenge he got from his fellow riders.
This is the first time in Namibian cycling history since the original Tour de Windhoek that was held in 2003, that more than 10 riders broke off from the rest but no one could create a gap until the sprint. This shows that cycling in the country has really grown and we are aiming for the sky with these upcoming riders, he said.
Over 900 cyclists participated in this years event, which is in its 34th year of existence.
The race distances for the challenges were 20, 30, 60 and 100 kilometres.