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Nedbank Desert Dash: Crossing the Namib Desert on a mountain bike

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Piet Swiegers is part of the Gondwana Masters team that will defend its title at this year's Nedbank Desert Dash.

Inke Stoldt

It is a tough mountain bike challenge that takes cyclists from about ten different countries from Namibia’s capital Windhoek through the oldest desert in the world to the coastal town of Swakopmund. More than 1000 cyclists have registered for the 2019 Nedbank Desert Dash, either as solo rider or as part of a team comprising of two or four cyclists in the categories men, women or mixed.

It is the third year that Gondwana Collection enters teams for the Nedbank Desert Dash; an initiative that was introduced by the enthusiastic and competitive cyclist, Piet Swiegers from Gondwana’s marketing partner Klein-Aus Vista with the idea to promote Namibia as a cycling destination. Piet Swieger’s team, the Gondwana Masters, is the defending champions in the 4 men team category. They will start this year’s race with an almost unchanged line-up. While Piet Swiegers, Rob Sim and Nico Pfitzenmaier were part of the team last year, Udo Bölts will replace Corrie Muller. The latter teams up with Marie Rabie in a Gondwana Masters 2 man mixed team. 

Gondwana will also participate with three social teams: Gondwana Grey Scale with Riaan Compaan and Felix Marungu, Gondwana Bearded Dragons with Reini Hoppe and Andrew Murray as well as Gondwana Kaas en Wyn consisting of Heidi Compaan, Almut Kronsbein, Quintin Hartung and Wiehahn Strauss.

This year, Gondwana Collection will welcome riders and support staff at the ‘Gondwana Village’ Checkpoint 3 with tasty and healthy snacks as well as hot and cold drinks.

The 373 km race starts on 6 December at 15:00 at the parking area of the Grove Shopping Centre in Windhoek. The route winds its way up to the top of the Kupferberg pass through the Khomas Hochland and the Namib Desert to Swakopmund. The finish zone is at Platz am Meer. Cut-off time is 15h00 on Saturday, 7 December.

Gondwana wishes all participants lots of fun and stamina at this year's Nedbank Desert Dash.

The Kupferberg Pass is the first big challenge for the participants in the first stage of the Desert Dash.
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