WINDHOEK: Several cyclists from various clubs took part in the club championships over distances ranging from 15 kilometres to 120km in the capital over the weekend.
Seventeen of the 75 riders were women.
Gerhard Mans took top honours in the Elite Men’s category when he finished first in the 120km race in a time of two hours, 57 minutes and 12 seconds (2:57:12), followed by Johannes Hamunyela, who clocked in one second behind Mans.
Costa Seibeb finished third in 02:57:54.
In the Junior Men’s category over a distance of 105 km, Jernell Barth finished first in a time if 2:34:47, beating Michael Pretorius to top spot. Pretorius clocked 2:35:40, with third-placed Thorsten Kreft in on 02:42:29.
Barbara Ackerman won the Elite Women’s race over 75km in a time of 2:13:52, followed by Gene Keet three seconds later.
The races took place on the Brakwater service road in the Döbra area north of Windhoek.
Six cyclists used the club championships to prepare for the upcoming African Continent Road Cycling Championships set for Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 07 to 11 November.
They are Mans, Till Drobisch, Seibeb, Pretorius, Lotto Petrus and Vera Adrian – the only woman.
World-renowned cyclist, Mannie Heymans, will be their team manager.
Namibia will compete against some of the best on the continent, including South Africa, Ghana, Egypt and hosts Burkina Faso.
The team will depart this weekend for Burkina Faso via Ghana, and is expected to return mid-November.