WINDHOEK - The popular Tony Rust racetrack south-west of Namibia’s commercial capital Windhoek will be a hive of activity this weekend when local cyclists hit the road for the Nedbank Windhoek Pedal Power (WPP) Series 5.
The race kicks off on Sunday, offering the average speed and intensity being appreciably higher as cyclists complete laps in designated times. The gathering also sees veteran and amateur cyclists hold the line on the road, ride safely within a large group on a short circuit and practise some technical skills to corner smoothly while accelerating.
Road racing is a unique form of cycling, and the WPP racing series presents cyclists with an opportunity to develop their technical skills. According to Pierre du Plooy, from Windhoek Pedal Power, “The more you race, the more you improve.”
Namibia’s premier cycling partner, Nedbank Namibia, is pleased to be part of the series. “The excitement of the road series is mounting and we see the positive response in the high number of participants coming out to cycle on Sunday mornings.
“It goes beyond commitment and consistency to purpose and speaks to the passion locals have for cycling,” says Gernot de Klerk, Head of Nedbank Namibia Marketing and Communications.
More than 100 cyclists are expected to participate in this weekend’s race, ranging from age 7 to 72. The series are open to everyone and Windhoek Pedal Power is extending an invitation to the public to participate.
“If you have a bicycle and you love cycling, this is a fantastic opportunity to join us at Tony Rust on Sunday,” adds Du Plooy.
The format of the race is lap racing, which requires cyclists to complete as many laps as they can in a certain timeframe with different age groups having different time limits. The challenge is to generate sustained power for the duration of the race.
The Tony Rust venue is a perfect venue for this racing format, not only for the cyclists but for supporters. “The venue is spectator-friendly and provides ample space for the race,” explains Du Plooy.
Windhoek Pedal Power has many senior cyclists who mentor and guide other cyclists. “The experienced cyclists understand the dynamics of road racing and pass on their knowledge and expertise to other cyclists.” In preparation for the WPP 5 Series, Du Plooy offers a tip to cyclists. “You have to be mentally prepared to race, but the most important aspect is the enjoyment of the race,” he emphasizes. Nedbank Namibia is cognizant of the growing popularity of cycling in Namibia among the young and old and encourages those who have not yet dabbled in the cycling world to take advantage of the opportunity to do so this Sunday.
“Even if you are not a cyclist, come out to support the races. Meet the men, women and children who enjoy the sport and see for yourself why they do what they do,” urges De Klerk.
For the Windhoek Pedal Power team, there is a unanimous call to the public for action around this sporting event. “Cycling is exciting, even as a spectator. There is a profound sense of community at these events. Come out and join our community,” said Du Plooy.