Namibian professional cyclist, Dan Craven celebrated his participation at the “VUELTA A ESPAÑA 2014” with the Spanish Ambassador, Carmen Díez at her residence today.
Craven is the first Namibian to participate in one of the three grand cycling tour Vuelta a España, Giro D’Italia and Tour de France. “Dan is an inspiration to many young Namibians who love sports” said Ambassador Diez. Craven recently relocated with his team to Gerona (Spain) for training purposes.
He has an extensive experience as a professional having won, amongst other races the African road championships in 2008. In 2014 he also became the first Namibian to sign on with a World Tour team.
The “Vuelta a España” is a three week tour which was created in 1935 with over 20 stages of 3,100 km, held annually between the months of August and September. The route changes each year, occasionally making passes through nearby countries. Craven said he started cycling in 1999 when he was in Otjiwarongo High school and he was inspired by Mannie Heymans. “If Mannie could do it why should I not so seeeing Mannie doing it, I knew it was possible,”he said.