Desert Dash to go ahead
20 May 2020 | Sports
Despite the coronavirus state of emergency regulations, organisers of the 2020 Nedbank Desert Dash are adamant that the show will go on.
Nedbank's Gernot de Klerk said they have been consumed with detailed planning to bring cyclists an experience which will eclipse anything Namibia has ever seen.
“Covid-19 threw us an unexpected curveball, bringing great uncertainty on a global scale. But, with just over 200 days to go for this year's edition, and given the indications of a staggered relaxation of lockdown measures by our Namibian government over the coming weeks and months, we are really excited to announce that the 2020 Nedbank Desert Dash is on track to take place once more”.
The popular cycling spectacular is set to take place on 11 and 12 December.
“So, our exciting news for you is that registration will open as per usual in June,” De Klerk said.
“With no large sporting events permitted for the last two months and possible restrictions in various countries for some time to come, just the thought of getting ready for another crossing of our Namib Desert in December is undoubtedly quite enticing.
He added that should travel restrictions and health warnings be applied in the run-up to the event and impact travel plans, they guarantee a 100% entry fee refund.
“This refund will be in the event we may be advised by our government not to proceed with hosting the 2020 edition of the Nedbank Desert Dash, or your country's Covid-19 regulations preclude you from travelling to Namibia at the time of the event,” De Klerk explained.
On 8 June, registration will open at 10:00.
To enter, solo riders will pay N$3 300, while two-person teams will pay N$5 500.
On 15 June, also at 10:00, four-person teams will pay N$11 000 to enter, while on 22 June, registration will again open at 10:00.
“Early bird team entries are again available for a maximum of 20 entries with immediate effect,” De Klerk said.
“Early bird entries for four-person teams cost N$22 000, with N$11 000 of the fee donated towards a deserving charity initiative.”