samantha potgieterNews

The annual 2018 The Namibian Pick n Pay Cycle Classic was officially launched on Wednesday, 18 July 2018. Regarded as one of the most anticipated annual cycling events on the Namibian sports calendar, The Namibian Pick n Pay Cycle Classic this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, and is scheduled to take place on Saturday the 13th and Sunday 14th of October. The venue for start and finish of all cycle and road running races will again be SKW in Olympia.

As one of the main sponsors alongside The Namibian newspaper, Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – this year increased its cash contribution to N$250,000 – up from last year’s N$200,000. Speaking at the launch event, and personally handing over the sponsorship, Managing Director of PnP Namibia, Norbert Wurm said it is an honor to be associated with the annual event, and applauded the Rotary Club Windhoek (RCW) towards which all funds raised during the The Namibian Pick n Pay Cycle Classic is donated. Wurm: “Being a truly Namibian company and a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, Pick n Pay Namibia commits to uplifting the lives of the communities in which we operate. This speaks directly to the O&L Group purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’. The Namibian Pick n Pay Cycle Classic is a great initiative that is not only aimed at raising funds for charity. It is also Namibia’s leading and largest family fun-filled cycling, and now running and walking event that brings together the competitive, young and old, fit and the not so-fit. Participants enter different classes and distances of Road Bike and Mountain Bike races. Last year for the first time the 10km competitive run and the 5km fun run/walk was introduced. This year we look forward to more participants, more adrenalin and more fun.”

In addition to its monetary contribution, PnP will further support the participation of the Dagbreek school learners in the Cycle Classic. Dagbreek School caters for the physically and intellectually challenged. Wurm: “We recognize our role in the community therefore we gladly make an effort to go the extra mile to improve the well-being of the communities in which we operate. We proudly provide refreshments, t-shirts, and the entry fee for the Dagbreek learners that take part in the race, as well for their teachers and care-givers.”

During his address, the Editor of The Namibian, Tangeni Amupadhi called for a change in attitude towards cycling. Amupadhi: “Cycling is not just a sport – it is also an affordable means of transport. Unfortunately (cycling as a mode of transport) is being discouraged in Namibia, and we need to do more to promote it. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are no policies in Namibia to promote walking and cycling, to separate road users, to protect older or disabled people and children. We have become so used to driving cars. We have to change this culture. We would like to use the cycle classic to launch a continuous campaign where all Namibians are encouraged to cycle. We must make the environment safe for cycling again, and we need to cut down on our wasteful spending on cars.”

Beside the road bike cycle race, there will also be mountain bike race and a cycling race for the youngsters in the form of the Kiddies Classic.

The event will furthermore, for non-cyclists, include a 10 km competitive run and a 5 km fun run or walk.

For more information, visit The Namibian Pick n Pay Cycle Classic Facebook page, or the Windhoek Pedal Power website.

Entries open in August and can be done at any Pick n Pay supermarket country-wide.