Klein-Aus Vista Challenge 2020

A Thrilling Day for both Mountain Bikers and Trail Runners

This past Saturday proved to be a thrilling day for avid mountain bikers – both professionals and hobbyists, trail runners and outdoor enthusiasts who took part at the 9th Standard Bank Klein-Aus Vista Mountain Bike Challenge and Trail Run. With 46 participants competing in five different events including Ultra (97km), Full (64km) and Half (27km) MTB Marathons as well as a 23km Trail Run and an 8km Fun Run, the programme was incredibly diverse, offering enjoyable moments amidst challenging and technical terrain as well as uniquely rewarding scenery.

The excitement of the day was amplified by the two top Namibian riders – Tristan De Lange and Alex Miller engaging in an exciting chase within the first 50kms of the Ultra Marathon, maintaining a significantly faster pace than the other contestants. A new addition and specially designed by the event organiser Piet Swiegers, this route of 97km on 70 percent single track with an elevation gain of 2050m is a challenge of note, incorporating the infamous ‘Costa’s climb’ that has an elevation change of almost 200m.Klein- Aus Vista Mountainbike Challenge 2020 Hans Du Toit

Unfortunately Miller, who has also been selected for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, sustained an injury to his calf muscle halfway through; which prevented him from completing the race. De Lange proceeded to take the win at 4h41. According to De Lange, the newly designed route is the most challenging that Namibia has to offer for riders, particularly due to the extremely variable terrain and elevation changes. Yet the inventive tracks also make for one of the most enjoyable experiences. He added that Aus should certainly be a wake-up call in order to “up” the level of racing in Namibia.

The various Trail-runs are also a new addition to the event and offer participants routes mainly along MTB single-tracks, with a 500m elevation gain. For the men’s 23km Trail Run, Thomas Miller managed to complete the route in a notable 1h46. Renata Stoltze secured the win in the women’s category with a time of 2h36.

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The Ultra Marathon finishers (middle, ltr) Frikkie van Greunen, Tristan de Lange, Ian Grassow with race organiser Piet Swiegers (r) and Frank Snyman (l).

With incomparable vistas and world-class trails, the Klein-Aus Vista Mountain Bike Challenge offers a memorable experience to all competitors. With future events certainly in planning, event organiser Piet Swiegers hopes to make this a notable event within Namibia’s racing calendar.

Download: Final Race Results Standard Bank Klein-Aus Vista MTB Challenge & Trail Run 2020Klein- Aus Vista Mountainbike Challenge 2020