WINDHOEK: The 13th annual The Namibian Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Classic takes place this weekend and is expected to draw at least 1 300 cyclists in various categories.
The organisers of the cycling race – The Namibian newspaper, Pick ‘n Pay, Windhoek Rotary Club, Windhoek Pedal Power, and Rock and Rut Mountain Bike Club – have included various races and terrains to fulfill all riders’ expectations.
Although entries closed on 06 October, late entries will be accepted during the registration of riders at the Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) from 16h00 until 20h00 on Friday, and from 08h00 until 12h00 on Saturday.
The cycling event caters for road races and mountain biking, while there is also a special race for children up to the age of eight to show off their riding abilities.
To ensure the safety of the young ones in the Kiddies Classic, a track of 3,2 kilometres (km) has been designed in the vicinity of the Hage Geingob Rugby stadium in Olympia, close to SKW.
The Kiddies Classic takes place on Friday from 18h00.
For the more adventurous cyclists and nature lovers, a mountain bike race will take place on Saturday. The mountaineers will start at SKW and follow a set route through the mountains behind Kleine Kuppe south of Windhoek, before finishing at SKW.
The main road race takes place on Sunday, and participants can look forward to challenging each other in distances over 20km, 30km, 65km and 100km.
The 100km race will take riders through parts of Windhoek’s residential areas before they take on the Western Bypass towards the Brakwater service road, continuing to the Daan Viljoen game reserve before returning to SKW.
Both the mountain bike and road races are scheduled to start at 08h00.
Riders from as far as Zambia and Botswana have indicated their interest in participating, while local riders like Till Drobish, Xavier Papo, Costa Seibeb, and Michael Pretorius will also keep the chains singing and promise stiff competition.
Vera Adrian, one of Namibia’s top women cyclists, will also be participating in the 13th annual The Namibian Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Classic.