WINDHOEK – This year’s KIA mountain bike series will kick-off on the first week of May when Namibia’s elite riders take to the south to compete in the 5th Klein-Aus Vista MTB Challenge.
The first part of the two-day race through the Aus Mountains, under the theme “Tough-Scenic-Rewarding”, will start on Saturday, May 2, with the second stage scheduled for Sunday morning (May 3).
Interested riders have until today to submit their entry forms for either the 35km half marathon or the 70 km full marathon. The entry fee includes a race pack with a cycling shirt, Sunday evening dinner as well as daily meal tickets.
This year more categories have been introduced to give more recognition to the riders, according to their age groups. The organisers have also introduced the Racing Rhino category to accommodate the heavier men and women for both the full and half marathon.
Men weighing in over 90kg on the race registration day qualify for this category. Women weighing in over 70kg on the race registration day also qualify to register for the Racing Rhino category.
Race coordinator Piet Swiegers wants to make sure that the full marathon meets international standard. He, therefore, advises riders to decide according to their skills and fitness levels, to choose either the full or the half marathon.
For kids there will be an 18 km track and they can enter on the date of registration. They should note that this loop is mainly a single track. For toddlers there is a marked 2 km track close to the lodge.
On each day, there will be prizes awarded for the top five participants in all categories, provided that there are five riders in a category.