MTB and Kids Challenge attract young (and older)

24 February 2019 | Sports

The Nedbank Kids Challenge took place in the capital on Saturday, attracting youngsters between the age of 3 and 13, each participating in their age group and along a designated track at the Waldorf School in Avis.

Besides the excitement of the various races, young cyclists and their parents enjoyed delicious eats and drinks, as well as family fun at the venue.

The Kids Challenge preceded the Nedbank MTB Cycle Challenge that takes place at the same venue today (Sunday 24 February).

Top local cyclist Michelle Vorster, who took gold in the MTB Elite Woman’s category last year, once again competes in this year’s race. Earlier this week she said she is excited about the new route as it is both technical and challenging.

“I had the chance to scout portions of the route and it is definitely worthy of a Nationals route, since it is tough, challenging and technical. Whoever comes out tops will be a worthy champion.”

Vorster, who has represented Namibia internationally, commended the event for contributing towards her cycling career. “I will never forget my first Nedbank race, as it left a positive mark in my cycling career. For me this race is like preparing for the World Championships.”

Mountain biking has seen a growth in interest over the years with more and more people participating in the MTB leg of the Nedbank Challenge series.

“People are becoming aware of the freedom you experience on the bike and the vast possibility of exploring so many beautiful places. What we enjoy about it is that the whole family can jump on a bike and have fun, be fit and explore. Racing is just part of that fun. Also, I think technological advances have a great part to play to make mountain biking more comfortable, safe and enjoyable,” Vorster said.

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