Nedbank Pedal Power series kicks off

Eleven men's teams and four women's teams entered this year's Nedbank Windhoek Pedal Power series.

28 January 2020 | Sports

The Namibian cycling season kicked off last Sunday morning with the Döbra Loops, where over 150 cyclists competed in the Nedbank Windhoek Pedal Power series. Team Avenger, which consisted of riders from Belgium and Namibia, had one of their riders crossing the line first, while in the women's category, Michelle Vorster, who cycled for Team Hollard, crossed the line first.

Riding for Team Avenger, Belgian rider Jef van Meirhaeghe was in a class of his own as he crossed the line first 40 seconds ahead of the peloton. Vorster continued with her dominance in the women's category as she was over one minute and 30 seconds ahead of her teammates and the rest of the chasing pack.

Speaking to Nampa after the race, Van Meirhaeghe said it has a hard race but he enjoyed riding in Namibia.

“When I was in the front, my teammates slowed down the peloton but it was really hard for me to break away because the route has long stretches and you have to remain on the pedal at all times,” he said.

Despite Van Meirhaeghe and Vorster crossing the line first, their teams could not be declared winners since it was a team event. The officials and event organisers are yet to release the final results.

The Nedbank Windhoek Pedal Power series saw cyclists covering several loops of 14 kilometres. The women's teams had five laps which totalled 70km, while the men cycled seven loops for a total of 98km.

The next race of the series will take place on the Daan Viljoen road this Sunday.

NAMPA

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