WINDHOEK: Vera Adrian’s hard work paid off on Saturday morning when she won the 2012 The Namibian Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Classic’s mountain bike race for women.
Adrian, 18, barely stopped her bike when she told Nampa after the race that the route was tough, and the single rocky tracks made her ride difficult at times.
The men’s race was won by 15-year-old Tristan de Lange from Windhoek, beating veteran Mannie Heymans with two places.
De Lange also said the route was tough and the weather hot, adding that he had no option but to work hard as he had two experienced mountain bikers trailing him.
De Lange also outraced Heinrich Kohne.
It took both winners just over two hours to complete the grueling distance of 40 kilometres through the mountainous and rugged terrain on the outskirts of the Kleine Kuppe residential area south of Windhoek.
About 360 riders took part in the race that started at 08h00 at the Windhoek Sport Club (SKW), and ended at the same venue.
Both winners indicated that they will participate in the 100km road race of the The Namibian Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Classic on Sunday.