Organisers of the 2015 Windhoek Light Namib Quest have announced this week that male and female riders will receive the same prize money at this year’s event. Departing from Windhoek on 24 May 2015, the two-man teams will cover over 450kms as they make their way to the finish line in Swakopmund six days later.
Tinus Hansen of African Extreme Promotions says the first male, female and mixed teams to cross the finish line will each receive N$15,000. “Mountain biking is growing in popularity with female riders, and we have seen a spike in entries for mixed teams, and female teams this year. The beautiful route through the Namib Desert is technical enough to be challenging, but the race camaraderie is a great attraction for those who enjoy the social side of the sport.”
Prize money allocation is broken down as follows:
1st male, female and mixed teams: N$ 15,000 each
2nd male, female and mixed teams: N$ 10,000 each
3rd male, female and mixed teams: Selection of sponsored prizes
1st overall team: N$ 15,000
2nd overall team: N$ 10,000
Hansen advised that entries have picked up just under 60 of the 75 team entries being allocated already. “Now that the excitement of the Epic is over, riders are feeling motivated with many entering the Windhoek Light Namib Quest as their first stage race. They want to experience riding from one venue to the next over several stages knowing that they have a goal destination in place as they take in the beautiful Namibian landscape.”
The first four days of the race will take the riders through the Khomas Hochland plateau separating Windhoek from the Namib Desert. Half way through day four, a long, but very fast technical descent takes you into the Namib Desert. Day five covers a flat traverse of the ‘Tinkas’ plains in the Desert. In the past, this stage has been fast paced with several wildlife encounters. On day six, our riders arrive in Swakopmund to their loved ones.
Although the event is a two-man team event, solo entry options are available on request and subject to participant experience and approval from the event organisers.
Windhoek Light Namib Quest race details:
Date: 24 – 29 May 2015.
Location: Windhoek to Swakopmund
Registration: 23 May 2015 in Windhoek
Costs: N$25,500 per team of two riders.
Accommodation: Accommodation before the race and upon completion is the rider’s responsibility. During the race, tented accommodation and all meals are covered by the race organisers.
For more information on the Windhoek Light Namib Quest and to enter, please visit the website, call +264(0) 81 1288 481 or head to the Facebook page.
To view highlights from the 2014 Namib Quest event, click here.