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Otjihavera Mountain Bike Marathon launch

WINDHOEK, 18 MAY (NAMPA) – The 2017 edition of the Otjihavera Mountain Bike Marathon was launched in Windhoek on Thursday, with organisers promising a bigger and better event which will cater for cycling fanatics.
The mountain bike marathon is held annually at the Midgard Country Estate, some 60 kilometres north-east of Windhoek.
This year’s Otjihavera Mountain Bike Marathon takes place on 19 and 20 August.
Speaking at the launch, Ekkerhard Friedrich, the chairperson of organisers Rock and Rut Mountain Bike Club, said the event is the toughest two-day race in Namibia and is a stepping stone to other, bigger events.
Registration opens on 22 May.
“We expect 150 teams to register. This year’s event will only be open to team entries, building on the fun of teamwork and camaraderie in this two-day event,” he said.
Last year, 112 teams entered.
Compared to last year, the race will involve a much bigger group of riders, competing in different and wider age categories.
Madri van Wyk, Marketing Manager at First National Bank Namibia, noted that slight changes to both days will be incorporated to enhance the riders’ experience.
“The 2017 ride will be extra special as the race village will also include a children’s area, massage service and Windhoek Light chill zone,” she said.
Land Rover will be involved in providing back-up and medical services on the trails, which is only accessible for 4x4 vehicles and mountain bikes.
Last year, Piet Swiegers and Herbert Peters of Team Klein Aus Vista won the event followed by Danzel de Koe and the late Raul Costa Seibeb of the Nedbank team in the elite men’s competition.
In the elite woman’s section Genevieve Weber and Elanor Grassow of Cycletec Chicks won, followed by Rosi Hennes and Zoe Mitchell of FX Ladies.

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