Nedbank Namibia, the Namibian Cycling Foundation (NCF) and the Rock and Rut Mountain Bike Club are hosting the Nedbank Rock and Rut XC1 (C1) and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Junior Series XCO tomorrow in Windhoek, close to the Klein Kuppe suburb from 07h00 to 16h30.
The Junior and Elite races will begin at 10h30 on Saturday, 14 April. Other levels of cyclists will have the chance to participate beforehand from 7h00 – 10h30. Younger riders, ranging from under 10 years to 16 years, will also be able to exhibit their skills on the track on Friday, 13 April, from 14h00 – 15h30.
The 4.2km single track route course will have challenging climbs which will provide the local Namibian enthusiast and international riders with breathtaking views of the capital city whilst putting their fitness to the test.
“This is one of the many cycling events Nedbank is involved with. The Bank first hosted a competitive cycling event in 1986 which has since grown into the most popular and biggest cycling race in Namibia, the Nedbank Cycle Challenge,” said Selma Kaulinge, Communication Practitioner at Nedbank.
The Nedbank Rock and Rut Race is sanctioned by UCI, this means that the race is up to international standards as participants must oblige to UCI’s rules and regulations, and riders with UCI licenses can earn points that are used to rank cyclists globally.
UCI points and prize money will be awarded to the top finishers in the Elite and Junior Men and Women categories, with the first-place riders in the Elite Men and Women categories (ages 19+) taking home points each. The first-place riders in the Junior Men and Women categories (ages 17-18) will take home 52 and 90 points each. The other top nine riders in each category will also take home prize money and points.
Riders can enter online at www.rockanrut.org until 17h00 on 11 April for N$150. Registration and late entries (fee of N$250 to be paid in cash) will be taking place at the race venue on Thursday, 12 April (12h00-15h00) and Friday, 13 April (9h00-15h00). Visit the Rock and Rut website for more information and check out the race’s technical guide. For the past three decades, Nedbank has played an integral role in developing cycling in Namibia and providing opportunities for Namibians to compete on an international stage.