Miller and Steyn win National MTB champs
22 Jul 2019 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) Alex Miller and Irene Steyn were on Sunday crowned champions of the National Mountain Bike Championships held at the IJG Trails in Windhoek.
In the Elite Men category, Alex Miller beat his closest competitor Tristan de Lange with a one-minute gap after six laps of racing.
The two young cyclists broke off from the rest of the peloton after the first lap.
Miller, who thus far has been having a great year after finishing third at the African Mountain Bike (MTB) Championships where he clinched a place for Namibia at next year's Olympic Games, lived up to expectations as he led the race from start to finish.
Xavier Papo, who had a lonely race throughout the afternoon, finished the race in third place.
In the Elite Women category, Steyn was crowned the new champion of the National MTB championships after finishing the race more than 10 minutes ahead of her counterparts.
Michelle Vorster, the queen of Namibian MTB competition and 2018 race winner, was not available to defend her title as she is still recovering from a motor vehicle accident she was involved in nearly three months ago while training on the B1 road.
Marion Schonecke finished the race in second place, while Courtney Liebenberg occupied third spot in the Elite Women race.
In the Junior Men category, Hugo Hahn was crowned champion, while Dieter Koen and Adriaan Kotze came second and third respectively.