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Dashing through the Desert – Gondwana Kaas en Wyn

Avatar of inke inke - 18. October 2018 - Sport

Gondwana's Kaas en Wyn team during their preparations for the Desert Dash 2019 that leads from Windhoek to Swakopmund.

Nela Shikemeni

Have you heard of the unique four man Gondwana Collection team that is gearing up for the Nedbank Desert Dash? The Kaas en Wyn (cheese and wine) team. So, here’s what you do need to know about them and their passion for cycling…

Who are they?

Quintin Hartung is an Environmental Officer who enjoys listening to podcasts while cycling. He was once embarrassed when a beer-bellied oom had to help him cycle over a hill and often the rhetorical question occurs, ‘Why do I do this to myself?’ And certainly, he cannot wait to enjoy the kaas, wyn and beer after cycling the Desert Dash. Also, just a friendly reminder that this team is not going to win! They are simply going to have fun and enjoy the experience. 

Felix Marungu, the Groundsman, prefers listening to the sounds of ‘stronger to be stronger’ and is inspired to cycle because it is good for his health, a great mode of transport plus it is an opportunity to meet new people. He atones his embarrassing experience to a couple of falls whilst cycling to work and deems that his team will cross that finish line in time. 

Meanwhile, Gys Joubert, the Chief Executive Officer, enjoys One Direction’s hit song ‘Everybody wants to steal my girl’ and looks forward to the beer at the end of his cycle. He is mortified to remember that he once wanted to throw his bicycle away and thought that a hill was so long that it led all the way to Heaven. He hopes for his team to wait on him occasionally! 

Finally, it’s Riaan Compaan, the Damara Mopane Lodge Manager, who appreciates the natural sounds of nature and is encouraged to never give up while cycling. He believes that through witnessing his dedication, his children can grasp that anything is possible regardless of how worn-out one can get. He once got both his legs cramped within 200 metres of a finish line and walking over it was embarrassing enough. Sometimes he wonders why purchasing a bicycle was a grand idea. Like Gys, he hopes his team won’t be leaving him behind! 

The selection of the A-Team: 

Quintin pondered on the idea to enter a Gondwana Collection Team for this year’s Nedbank Desert Dash and Almut, the Executive Liaison Officer, who felt it would be amazing to have a pure Gondwana Team, suggested that Felix join as he cycles to work daily from Katutura.

Read more about Gondwana's Kaas en Wyn team at Namibia Outdoor.

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