The Dash is a go!

19 October 2021 | Sports

With only 50 days to go, the Nedbank Desert Dash returns for its 17th consecutive year on Friday, 10 December.
The cycling event, taking place under Nedbank Namibia’s banner for the seventh year, is the longest single-stage mountain bike race in the world. This year, the race covers 393km from Windhoek, starting at the Grove Mall, to Swakopmund’s Platz A Meer, with cyclists travelling over the Khomas-Hochland and through the Namib Desert to the Atlantic coast.
Launching the race earlier today, the bank’s executive for retail and business banking, Richard Meeks, said that 2021 is one for the record books when it comes to achievements in the Namibian sports fraternity. “Namibia’s developing reputation as a competent host of major cycling events is evidenced by its staging of International Cycling Union (UCI) sanctioned races. As you may know, earlier this year five Namibian cyclists qualified to compete in cycling codes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. This is testimony to the fact that Namibian cycling has come a long way, and we’ve gained well-deserved recognition on a continental and worldwide scale.”
To date, Nedbank Namibia has invested over N$7 million in the Desert Dash. The incidental contribution of this investment, is the number of people that flock to the coastal town for the period of the Desert Dash.

Boost
“Each year we’ve been thrilled to see so many participants, as well as their friends and family travel to Swakopmund to support the cyclists. A few days before and after the event, hospitality spots at the coast are literally are bursting at the seams. The Nedbank Desert Dash also helps to increase the support rendered to small businesses in Swakopmund, such as adventure tours, and massage parlours. We are confident that the race has a significant and wide-ranging influence on the economy of Swakopmund, and that it provides an ideal opportunity to promote Namibia as a fascinating tourist destination to the international cycling communities,” Meeks added.
This year the race sees participants from South Africa, Malawi, the United States, Germany, Portugal, Britain, France, Serbia, Canada, Ireland, Belgium, and Botswana amongst others.
Swakopmund chief executive Archie Benjamin joined the live stream launch remotely, to share his sentiments on the event. “The Nedbank Desert Dash is unique as it brings international visibility to Namibia. On behalf of the Swakopmund community, we want to express our hearty welcome to all the cyclists, their teams, and supporters that will be coming to the town.”
The Nedbank Desert Dash is co-sponsored by Indongo Toyota, SuperSpar (Maerua and The Grove, and Bokomo.

Similar News

 

Legacy of Love cycles for hope

1 month - 09 December 2021 | Sports

Windhoek • [email protected] and Sybrand de Beer along with 40 other mountain bikers will line up for the Nedbank Desert Dash in the capital on...

New volleyball champs crowned

1 month - 08 December 2021 | Sports

The final round of the Bank Windhoek Namibian Volleyball Federation Cup hosted in Walvis Bay last weekend, proved to be a sporting event of note,...

Voortrekkers gaan groot vir renosters

1 month - 06 December 2021 | Sports

Windhoek • Karli RudolphDie Voortrekkers vier vanjaar hul 90ste bestaansjaar met die tema “Voortrekkers gaan groot”.Die Namibiese Voortrekkers het daarom besluit om hul eie span...

Ride the Ridges launched

1 month - 02 December 2021 | Sports

PSG and Capricorn Group announced the launch of the 2022 PSG Ride the Ridges, a new uniquethree-day stage race that is scheduled for 25 to...

Drikus versus Konny … or not?

1 month - 01 December 2021 | Sports

Windhoek • [email protected] to 1 100 cyclists are expected to participate in the Nedbank Desert Dash ultra-mountain bike marathon over 393km from Windhoek to Swakopmund...

NMH expands live broadcasts

1 month - 01 December 2021 | Sports

An open invitation has been extended to national sports federations to increase their local and international exposure through live video broadcasts of their major sporting...

Records shatter at LC gala

1 month - 29 November 2021 | Sports

Swimmers who took part in the Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala finals in Windhoek over the weekend put in some great performances, breaking seven records....

Kiddie Sport remains a hit

1 month - 29 November 2021 | Sports

Since 1992, Kiddie Sport has been introduced to most pre-primary and primary schools in the capital, which means that the programme has been taking place...

Big cheque for Autism Association

1 month - 29 November 2021 | Sports

The Nedbank for Autism Series has again shown spectators far and wide why it is one of the most influential sought after golfing events on...

Big splash this weekend

1 month - 24 November 2021 | Sports

Altogether 135 swimmers between the age of 7 and 67 are participating in the Bank Windhoek Long Course Gala finals this weekend. The final event...

Latest News

Chill with Windhoek Express

14 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

Recurring events• 07:00 Bio-Markt / Green Market at the Stephanus Church (Dr Kenneth Kaunda Street) in Windhoek until 12:00 every Saturday.• 16:00 Coffee and Cake...

Festival of classics at COTA

14 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

One of Namibia’s most gifted pianists, Johann van der Merwe, hosts a performance tomorrow (22 January) to raise money to support the Cancer Association of...

Raging river sweeps cars away

15 hours ago | Weather

Windhoek • [email protected] Elisenheim River swept motor vehicles away late on Wednesday night when a flash flood sped past the Farmers Kitchen restaurant at the...

La Niña still on a...

15 hours ago | Weather

Grootfontein • [email protected] the met office issued a warming for today for widespread thunderstorms over the western half of the interior, a meteorologist believes the...

Onreëlmatighede vertraag die aanstelling van...

15 hours ago | Local News

Windhoek • [email protected] hoofstad se burgemeester, Sade Gawanas, sê daar is beweerde onreëlmatighede met betrekking tot die werwing van Stad Windhoek se uitvoerende hoof wat...

Judges dismiss same-sex marriage

1 day - 20 January 2022 | Local News

Jana-Mari SmithThree Windhoek High Court judges have dismissed the application by two Namibians and their foreign born spouses to have their marriages recognised in Namibia,...

Vyf damme kry water

1 day - 20 January 2022 | Environment

Elvira HattinghTeen gistermiddag om 14:50 het die Hardapdam nog sowat 289,3 m³ water per sekonde ingekry, terwyl nog drie ander nasionale damme sedert Maandag ‘n...

Am Weinberg joins Gondwana Collection

1 day - 20 January 2022 | Business

Come 1 February and the Am Weinberg Hotel will join the Gondwana portfolio in a management capacity. According to CEO Gys Joubert of Gondwana Collection...

Cycle lanes progressing well

2 days ago - 19 January 2022 | Infrastructure

The City of Windhoek in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ Namibia) continue working towards sustainable mobility in the city.Together, the parties...

Load More