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Nedbank Namibia Windhoek pedal power race series round 3 set for Sunday

todayApril 11, 2024 9

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The 2024 Nedbank Namibia Windhoek Power Pedal Series third leg (WPP3) will take place on Sunday, 14 April at the entrance of Matchless Mine in Windhoek.

Registration for the event closed on Wednesday at 17h00, with organisers anticipating between 190 to 220 cyclists to take part in the event.

One of the organisers from the Windhoek Pedal Power Cycling Club, Stephanus Feris said preparations are going well.

“All is set for the event. The route remains the same. Cycling will start at the entrance of Matchless Mine, all the way to the Western Bypass before the cyclists turn at Okapuka bridge for the elite men to the service road behind Breakwater to join the Western Bypass again before finishing at the Matchless Mine again,” he said.

He added that they expect top male and female Namibia road cyclists to participate in this event.

Last year, Simonis Storm powered by Hollard won both the men’s and women’s team events. Cymot Racing Team A was second in the men’s event, followed by Mannie Bike Mecca (MBM) in third. In the women’s event, MBM was second, followed by CYMOT Racing Team Ladies Orange.

Last year’s WPP 3 individual men’s and women’s race winners, Drikus Coetzee and Anri Kruger, will defend their titles.

Coetzee said he was looking forward to this year’s event as he aims to see how fit he is following his ultra-endurance debacle in Morrocco.

“I am still not where I want to be in terms of my fitness after what happened in Morrocco. I am getting there, and this race will help me see how far I have progressed,” he said.

Meanwhile, Krugel said the WWP3 has always been her favourite, as team dynamics always come into play.

“The Matchless Mine race is always competitive and challenging. I am looking forward to the competition. It is always well organised,” she said.

Speaking on the preparations of the race, Nedbank Namibia Communications and Public Relations Manager, Selma Kaulinge said: “This edition of the Nedbank Windhoek Pedal Power Race Series will be quite interesting after its two-month hiatus. We hope all cyclists are geared up and ready to take on the route in this road race. In the same breath, we are also excited for next weekend’s Nedbank Rock and Rut XC1 UCI C1 and Junior XCO race which will see local and possibly international mountain bike cyclists take on the IJG Trails. Our contributions into the development of the Namibian cycling fraternity have enabled our cyclists to excel in both classes of cycling and we are excited to see the showdown in these back-to-back events.”

This will be the third leg of the six events scheduled for this year.

Written by: Dilia Mazula

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