Road Cycling Series 5 to start this weekend
Nedbank Windhoek Pedal Power (WPP) Series 5 is expected to take place this Sunday at the Tony Rust race track on the outskirts of Windhoek.
This race will see the average and intense speed appreciably higher as cyclists complete laps in designated times while veteran and amateur cyclists will hold the line on the road for ride safely within a large group on a short circuit and practice some technical skills to corner smoothly while accelerating, member of WPP Pierre du Plooy said.
“Road racing is a unique form of cycling, and the WPP racing series presents cyclists with a lucrative opportunity to develop their technical skills. 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 the Sunday mornings. It goes beyond commitment and consistency to the purpose and speaks about passion Namibians have for cycling,” he said.
He added that the series is open to everyone and WPP is extending an open invitation to the public to participate.
More than 100 cyclists are expected to participate in this weekend’s race, ranging from the age of 7 to 72.
According to du Plooy, anyone with a bicycle can join in on the fun.
“If you have a bicycle and you love cycling, this is a fantastic opportunity to join us. The format of the race is lap racing which requires cyclists to complete as many laps as they can in a certain time frame, 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 supporters,” he said.
“He added that the venue is spectator friendly and provides ample space for the race.
Nedbank Namibia supports WPP’s vision of creating more opportunities for cyclists to participate in races such as the WPP Series as WPP have 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. You have to be mentally prepared to race, but the most important aspect is the enjoyment of the race. 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,” du Plooy said.