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Nedbank Desert Dash turns 20 – Sport

Organizers of the Nedbank Namibia Desert Dash have confirmed the return of the competition for the 20th consecutive year.

More than 1,200 mountain bikers are expected to take part in this year’s event, which will begin on December 6 at Windhoek’s Grove Mall.

Riders will cycle 397 kilometers through the world’s oldest desert before completing the competition at Swakopmund’s Platz Am Meer shopping center on December 7.

Registration for solo and half-only riders will open on June 3, for two-person teams and two-person half-board riders on June 10, and registration for four-person teams will open on June 17.

The four-person team category is the most sought after and entry places sell out in seconds.

Organizers have introduced a new separate age category for riders over 50 for the solo race.

Cash prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded to male and female runners in this category.

This year’s race will also introduce the two-person half race, which has no age restriction except a minimum age of 16 on the day of the event.

A total of 24 solo cyclists participated in the 2023 race: 10 from South Africa and seven from Namibia.

The 2023 race featured 166 solo male runners: 72 Namibians and 59 South Africans.

Namibia and South Africa provided the bulk of competitors in the race, which attracts cyclists from around the world.

Entry fees and categories for the 2024 races are as follows: Solo Riders: N$4,000, Two-Person Team: N$7,000, Four-Person Team: N$14,000, Solo Half Board: N$4,000 and two people. half team board: N$7,000.

This year, early registration will only be available for 80 teams.

Twenty early registrations (applying to teams of four only) will be open again with immediate effect until May 31.

Riders interested in advance tickets should email [email protected]

If selected to purchase an advance ticket, riders will be required to make payment within 24 hours.

The total cost of early bird registration is N$21,000, of which N$7,000 will go to charity.

“As money experts doing good, we are incredibly proud to reach the 20-year mark of the world’s longest single-stage cycling event, the Nedbank Desert Dash. It’s not just about the race, it’s about fostering community spirit, promoting a healthy lifestyle and providing a platform to see our local and other cyclists thrive.

“With registration about to open, I encourage all riders to take part and celebrate with us 20 years of this incredible race,” says Selma Kaulinge of Nedbank.

For more information, visit www.desertdashnamibia.com

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