Nedbank Desert Dash online entries open

13 June 2021 | Sports

Registration for the 2021 edition of the Nedbank Desert Dash opened last next week.

“2020 was a watershed year for us in terms of hosting a cycling event that attracts over a thousand participants,” De Klerk said, “but it has given us some excellent insights into hosting a mega event within the challenges that the global health pandemic has been presenting since the first quarter of last year,” said Gernot de Klerk, Nedbank Namibia’s head of marketing and communications.

Entries for the solo category opened at 10h00 on Monday (7 June 2020), with entries for the two-person team following exactly a week later. The most popular entries, for four-person teams, open yet another week later, at 10:00 on Monday, 21 June 2021.

All registrations can be done online at https://www.today.com.na/2021-desert-dash/

Looking ahead

“We are optimistic that the increased rate of global vaccinations, coupled with heightened levels of vigilance to guard against the spread of Covid-19, will be hugely beneficial for our quest to host the 2021 edition of the Nedbank Desert Dash,” De Klerk said.

He has given the assurance of full refunds of paid-up registration fees in the event that travel restrictions, however unlikely at this stage, may still scupper the plans of international cyclists to race in this year’s edition on Friday, 10 December 2021.

“Our planning for the Nedbank Desert Dash has started in all earnest, having taken to heart many of the lessons of last year, as well as the invaluable insights that we have gleaned from a number of races, albeit at a smaller scale, that we have hosted in 2021 in conjunction with the Namibian Cycling Federation and cycling clubs, and with the ever-watchful guidance of the Namibia Sports Commission,” De Klerk said.

He added that the rescheduling of the 2021 Nedbank Cycle Challenge, which was slated for February this year, is quite unlikely, however.

“Our initial intent was to host the races in June to coincide with the pre-scheduled races in the Nedbank/Windhoek Pedal Power Road Race Series and Nedbank/Rock & Rut Cross-Country Series, respectively, but the current health regulations are simply not conducive for a race known for its mass participation appeal. Instead, our focus will now be on, firstly, hosting another world class Nedbank Desert Dash in December, and secondly, to plan for February 2022 Nedbank Cycle Challenge.”

The 2020 Nedbank Desert Dash over 373 km from Windhoek to Swakopmund in 24 hours attracted just over 1000 cyclists, with Switzerland’s Konny Looser and local favourite, Irene Steyn, bagging the honours in the solo categories.

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