Dirt Attack MTB done and dusted

Drikus Coetzee and Michelle Doman take the lead.

11 August 2019 | Sports

Last Saturday saw 180 local MTB riders line up at Farm Ongeama, waiting for the signal to the start of yet another Gravel and Dirt challenge.

The MTB Dirt Attack is more than just a day of casual mountain biking: It's a 40km and 70km marathon of climbs, sand, single and jeep track, designed to test more than just the determination and skill of each rider.

For the seasoned veterans who have completed this course, the realisation of the mental and physical challenge that they are faced with becomes very real, very quickly, as they fight muscle fatigue while battling the soft red sand and dense bush. As if that was not enough, the epic climbs by far overshadow the amazing views as they summit some of the hills this route has to offer.

As the day progressed, many fell victim to mechanical issues, forcing the likes of Gerhard Mans Jnr, a sure contender for the podium, to DNF. The riders who went the full distance, earned every single kilometre, dominating terrain that seemingly plotted against them around every turn.

Pushing hard, Drikus Coetzee reached the finish line with a sub three hour time of 2:53:36 taking the number one Elite Men's spot, a full 14 minutes ahead of his nearest rival Danzel de Koe. Tuhafeni Namandjebo earned his first podium position, ending in third position.

As for the 70km Elite Women's category, Michelle Doman made it two in a row, dominating the pack in a time of 3:27:05. She was followed by Marion Schonechke in second and Lelani Swart in third.

The MTB Dirt Attack was made possible by its main sponsor Hollard, along with Cymot, E-Med 24, Food Lovers Market, Windhoek Light and Candor Namibia.

Hot on the heels of the Dirt Attack, is the Skyride that took place at Heja Lodge on yesterday (Saturday).

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