The Desert Dash is on

It is almost that time of the year again, when cyclists are put to the ultimate test when they tackle the country's toughest race in brutal summer heat.

14 October 2019 | Sports

The 20th edition of the Nedbank Desert Dash is set to take place in the first week of December.

The event, which annually attracts riders from all walks of life, will once again start in Windhoek and end in Swakopmund.

Cyclists from Germany, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Australia are expected to participate this year.

Speaking at the launch, Swakopmund mayor Paulina Nashilundo said the event contributes to the development and upliftment of Namibia.

“The international athletes are testimony that the Desert Dash can inject up to N$25 million into our economy. This ranges from flights into the country to local transport, accommodation, food and other expenses by tourists and locals,” she said.

The mayor commended the sponsors for supporting the event, saying their commitment to the event allows for meaningful development to take place, not only in Swakopmund but the country as a whole.

“I congratulate the organisers and sponsors of the event. It is evident that the private sector is playing its role in the development of the country,” Nashilundo said.

She gave her assurance that the Swakopmund municipality will continue to support initiatives aimed at uplifting the community and complementing Namibia's developmental goals.

A total of 1 000 riders have registered to take part, with 60% of them being Namibians.

- NAMPA

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