Cycle tour now environmentally conscious

The organisers of a coastal cycle tour have decided to stop using paper entry forms to create awareness about the environment.

14 July 2019 | Sports

Danny Beukes; Organiser; “We are dispelling negative perceptions about the neighbourhood.”

Walvis Bay • Otis Finck

Entries for the 2019 edition of the Tour de Narraville are now available online.

Danny Beukes, who started the cycle tour also known as the “Le Tour de Narraville” in 2013 as a fundraising initiative for the Uniting Reformed Church in the suburb, said that Boza Technologies is handling the registration process.

“We are constantly improving the event and going paperless is a way of contributing towards creating awareness about the importance of protecting our environment and increasing our environmental conscious footprint.

“Another exciting aspect of this year's event is the addition of a night race made possible by four sponsors. This is a first for the tour along with collector's items in the form of specialised medals and t-shirts on offer to participants.”

Beukes confirmed that there were already 30 entries of which 70% were paid up since the online registration process began last Sunday.

The sixth annual cycling tour sponsored by Marathon Sugar with Guans Packaging as co-sponsor, will once again start at the Uniting Reformed Church in Narraville and takes place over two days in August this year.

The main event, consisting of a 65 km race through nature's most challenging obstacles, a 25 km beginner's ride, a 10 km kid's ride, 10 km run and 5 km fun walk on 31 August, is preceded by a 70 km night ride for experienced riders only, on 30 August.

The routes for the day rides remain the same as from previous years.

“All races start and end at the church in Plein Street. Registration and late entries can be done on Thursday, Friday and Saturday ahead of the two events. There will also be food and drinks sold at the venue to supplement the fundraising drive,” said Beukes.

He added that besides raising funds, the event also serves to break down stereotypes associated with Narraville.

“We are dispelling negative perceptions about the neighbourhood while bringing a ray of hope for the residents.

“The event has definitely put Narraville on the map in a positive way. It also contributes to tourism and the local economy with cyclists travelling from all over the country to participate.”

More than 110 cyclists as well as 60 runners and walkers participated in the 5th edition of the event last year, where over N$80 000 was raised.

Less than ten cyclists participated in the inaugural event in 2013.

The youngest participant to date was Suleika Sentefol (3) with Oom Bill Jooste (81) being the eldest.

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