The Nedbank Desert Dash Gears up for the Eighteenth edition

By: leena Ndakevondjo

The Nedbank Desert Dash will take place on 9 and 10 December 2022 and will see cyclists depart from the Windhoek Grove Mall on Friday, 9 December, and arrive at Swakopmund’s Platz A Meer on Saturday, 10 December.

 The Nedbank Desert Dash is the longest single-stage mountain bike race in the world, where cyclists are given 24 hours to complete the 397-kilometer races through the Khomas – Hochland Mountains and the Namib Desert, to the coastal town of Swakopmund.

Old Mutual Namibia sponsored the first ever all-black women’s team to participate. The team will consist of Vicky Dan, Winnie Mukupuki, Sofia Simon, and Jacky Shipena.

Old Mutual All Black Women Team: Photo contributed

The Dash will see about 21 female solo riders from different countries, who have entered into the finals, 14 entries for two person teams, 40 female entries of 4 persons team,

To date, there has never been a full participation of an all-black team in the Nedbank Desert Dash. The Old Mutual Namibia sponsored team aims to change this status quo and empower fellow female cycling enthusiasts.

Old Mutual Namibia’s sponsorship will assist the team to cover their accommodation, travelling and attire needs which will ensure they are at ease when they partake in the Nedbank Desert Dash.

During the media launch, Nedbank Namibia Chief Financial Officer, JG van Graan, reminisced on how the organisation of last years’ Nedbank Desert Dash was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. “Last year, we were battling to overcome the challenges of organising sports events during the pandemic, and by divine grace, we are once again launching this epic event without any restrictions or measures to be concerned about – that is something truly to be grateful for and celebrate”, he mentioned.

This year, cyclists from 17 different countries will take part in this years’ Nedbank Desert Dash, namely Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, USA, Germany, Canada, Germany, Zimbabwe, UK – Britain, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Botswana, Malawi, DR Congo, France, Austria.

The Nedbank Desert Dash is co-sponsored by Indongo Toyota, SuperSpar (Maerua and The Grove, and Hollard.

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