Nedbank Namibia this week launched the 34th edition of its Nedbank Cycle Challenge which is the largest cycling event on the Namibian sports calendar.
In his speech addressing guests present at the launch, Richard Meeks, Executive for Retail and Business banking said that “an unprecedented year awaits Namibian cycling.”
Nedbank ended 2018 with the Desert Dash and started 2019 with the Windhoek Pedal Power race series keeping in line with its history seeped in cycling.
The Namibian Cycling Federation(NCF)made the call for Nedbank to host the Nedbank Road Challenge first this year followed by the MTB Challenge 2 weeks later and the Bank acquiesced.
The Nedbank Road challenge will continue on Sunday 10th February, although the African Continental Road Cycling Championships is understood to have been postponed.
This will give competitors ample time for preparation between the events. “In keeping with tradition, the 2019 Nedbank Cycle Challenge comprises of three events. The Road Challenge will again start in front of our Nedbank Branch on Independence Avenue. Entries for the 20km, 30km, 60km and elite 100km distances are open and can be completed online at www.today.com.na or submitted at Nedbank branches countrywide,” Meeks further informed.
The Nedbank Kidz Challenge is set to take place at Waldorf School in Avis on Saturday, February 23rd. About 200 children are expected to take part in this event.
The MTB Challenge will also start at Waldorf on Sunday 24 February where adventure cyclists will ride to test for technical agility combined with a leisurely ride in the country side.
The Nedbank MTB also serves to host the national MTB marathon under the auspices of the NCF. In closing, Meeks expressed the Banks indebtedness to both the City of Windhoek for being generous hosts as well as the Windhoek City Police for their support in ensuring the safety of the cyclists.