Cycling fever reaches Windhoek – Sport

Cycling fever hits Namibia this weekend as the seventh consecutive Tour of Windhoek takes place in and around the capital.

The five-stage race, which began yesterday afternoon with a one-mile prologue, has attracted a record number of teams and participants from Namibia, as well as other southern African countries such as South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Zambia and even the Indian Ocean island. , Meeting.

A total of 63 riders representing 11 teams have entered the men’s category, which includes two South African teams: TEG Procycling and Team on Track.

Teg Procycling, who also competed last year, includes the experienced Brandon Downes, who came third last year, while representing South Africa at the Accra African Games, where he won a bronze medal in the individual time trial. He also won a silver medal in the team time trial in Ghana and a bronze medal in the individual time trial at the South African National Championships in February.

The Teg Procycling team includes some of South Africa’s most promising young riders, including 19-year-old Emile van Niekerk, who won the Montecasino Classico in February and placed third in both the Herald Cycle Tour in February and ‘Die Groot Trap’ last month.

Other members include Blaine Klieck (19 years old), who also represented South Africa at the African Games; Warren Moolman (20 years old), who placed fourth in the individual time trial at the South African Championships, and Jason Eggett (20 years old), who won a silver medal in the individual time trial at the 2022 South African National Championships.

A second South African team, Team on Track, is led by the experienced Warick Minkley and includes exciting youngsters such as Matthew Symm (18 years old), who came third in the junior men’s category in the road race at the South African National Championships; and Zane Salzwedel (17 years old) and Rhys Burrell (18 years old), who placed fifth and seventh respectively in the same race.

Two Angolan teams participated, including their strongest professional team, JT300, and GD Interclub, as well as a team from Réunion, CCSL Blanchinet.

Namibia’s attack will be led by Hollard’s men’s team, which includes last year’s singles champion Drikus Coetzee, experienced Martin Freyer, Danzel de Koe and Clinton Hilfiker, and upcoming Adrian Key and Jaques Hanekom.

Other Namibian teams include Team Cymot Racing, with experienced racers such as Christo Swartz and Murray Koch, and emerging youngsters such as JG van der Westhuizen and Theuns van der Westhuizen; Mannie’s Bike Mecca team, which includes top riders Xavier Papo, Brandon Plaatjies and Daniel Hahn; and the NCCS Cymot Pro team, which includes top riders such as Ananias Ananias, Jojo Hamunyela and Marckernzy Eiseb.

In the women’s category, a total of 28 cyclists representing six teams will be in action.

Namibia’s attack will be led by the Hollard Ladies team, which includes last year’s individual overall winner Melissa Hinz and second-place finisher Anri Greeff.

The Pupkewitz Megabuild Ladies team includes experienced riders Courtney Liebenberg and Michelle Doman; the MSL Ladies team includes experienced Irene Steyn and Genevieve Weber; and the Cymot Ladies Racing Team includes emerging riders Olivia Shililifa and Monique du Plessis.

A South African team, Customized Cycling Pirtek, has also participated, as well as a team from the Réunion, CCSL SoVeto.

The first stage begins at the Teufelsschlucht bridge on the Okahandja highway at 07:15 this morning, with the men covering 120 km and the women 80 km.

Stage 2 consists of a 6km climb on Kupferberg Road at 16:00 today, while Stage 3 consists of a 98km men’s road race and a 68km women’s race on the Western Bypass, which will begin tomorrow at 07:15.

Stage 4 consists of a Criterium, which starts tomorrow at 16:30 at Pupkewitz Megabuild, while Stage 5 consists of a road race on the Matchless Mine road of 77 km for men and 57.5 km for women , which begins at 07:15 on Sunday.

The total prize money for the event amounts to N$163,750, of which the men’s competition will receive N$62,250, the women’s will receive N$59,500 and the Tour de Windhoek Light will receive N$42,000.

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