Pedalling buzz

The Oshana Cycle Challenge aims to develop cycling in the northern regions.

22 August 2019 | Sports

At least 100 cyclists are expected to take part in the first-ever Oshana Cycle Challenge, which will take place on Saturday.

The first-of-its-kind challenge will start from the Game shopping centre in Oshakati at 07:00 and take cyclists long the newly constructed Okatana/Endola road to Helao Nafidi and back. The challenge aims to develop cycling in the northern regions, by providing the cycling community with an opportunity to compete in a professional cycling event.

The event, which is proudly sponsored by Nedbank Namibia, is organised by Oshana Cycles, which is based in the north.

“We believe that the event is a window of opportunity for local cycling talent to be recognised,” said organiser and avid cyclist, Lucky Mbako.

“There is very little support given to cyclists in the north and we hope that the Oshana Cycle Challenge will open other opportunities for the cycling community here,” he added.

Cyclists will have the option of riding the 25km, 60km or 100km routes.

The 100km riders will follow the Okatana road, passing Endola, turning towards Onhuno and proceeding to Helao Nafidi, where they turn and cycle back using the same route.

The 25km and 60km routes also follow the Endola road, with the 25km riders turning back 5km before reaching Endola, whereas the 60km cyclists will turn back 10km after Endola.

Children under the age of 14 are invited to take part in the kiddies' race on 23 August from 13:00 at the Oshana Mall parking area.

The entry fee is N$80 and can be paid at all Nedbank Namibia branches in the north. Entries close tomorrow. Registration and number collection will take place at the Nedbank Oshana Mall branch in Ongwediva from 13:00.

The other sponsors include Coca-Cola, Auas Motors, Newmed, Hotel Destiny, Cymot and the Atlantic Training Institute.



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