Once a year around the end of April beginning of May, Klein-Aus Vista organizes a Mountain Bike Challenge, where participants can compete in a 3-day stage race. Cyclists can enter for a 132 km full-marathon or a 66 km half-marathon. There are separate categories for men and women as well as for juniors. This tough event is a challenging, but a rewarding experience.
The 7 th annual Standard Bank Klein-Aus Vista MTB Challenge was held on 29 & 30th April and 1st May 2017
The Klein-Aus Vista Team would like to thank all riders, family and friends who joined us for this year’s Challenge. We much appreciate your support and hope that you had a great weekend with us.
The event kicked-off on Saturday at 2.30pm with the time trial for the 43 full marathon riders. The 12 km cross country style route with 380 m elevation gain was a good test for the riders to make them aware what was lying ahead on the other 2 stages. Costa Seibeb the king of the mountains with a time of 36 minutes 41 second was 55 seconds ahead of Xavier Papo and Irene Steyn with a time of 53 minutes 06 seconds was 3 minutes ahead of Sophia Snyman. Day 2 started on a cool cloudy Sunday morning and both full and half marathon riders departed at 7.30 am. There was a titanic struggle between Costa & Papo up to kilometer 42 when they hit the steep 2 km climb – “The Wall”. The first part of the climb has a very steep ascend with up to 32 degrees gradients, it is here where Costa shook of Papo that ran out of power and gears 3 meters before reaching the summit. Costa showed immense power and skills to do so and was the only rider that managed to ride up all the way to the peak. This ascend is now named after the late great Costa as “Costa’s Climb”. Anyone feel free to come and give it a go especially after 42 km of hard riding in the legs. See video footage of Costas incredible ride up the Costa’s Climb. At the peak of The Wall after 2 km Costa claimed the N$2500 cash price at the Raubex Wall Hotspot. From here on there was no stop to Costa and he ended 4 and a half minutes ahead of Papo with a winning time of 2h48 minutes. Irene Steyn was too strong for the other women riders and finished 10 minutes ahead or Germien Stals. The Racing Rhino men full marathon category was seriously competitive and Fana Lamprecht ended first with Volker Engling 45 seconds behind him. The fasted men half marathon riders was Barry Jones in 2h03 minutes and tall Racing Rhino Sonja Oberholtzer in 2h17minutes was the fastest women rider. On day 3 the 2nd stage started without Costa Seibeb, the race leader, and later on we were informed that he was in a fatal car accident the previous night. Papo maintained his lead together with Brandon Plaatjies that cross a second ahead of Papo after day 3 to take the N$10 000 cash prize and the Victor Ludorum title for 2017. Irene Steyn was 30 minutes ahead of Stals and for the 4th year in a row claimed the Victric Ludorum title and the N$10 000 cash price. Both cash prizes was sponsored by the Gondwana Collection. The fasted Racing Rhino was Fana Lamprecht, the fastest Subvet men was Andre Steinfurt, the fastest veteran men was Philip Steyn and Frank Snyman the fastest master men.
The winners male and female riders in the 2 dae 66 km half marathon was Veteran men Barry Jones and Racing Rhino Sonja Oberholtzer. The 5 Aus development riders sponsored by Klein- Aus Vista did extremely well. Dennis Gresson took a podium position in the full marathon with Haverinus Nakale, Hermanus Boois , Beverly Rhoman and Johannes Haruseb each had podium position in the half marathon in their categories. Gresson received N$2500 cash prices from Raubex Construction as the fasted full marathon development riders male with Haverinus Nakale and Beverly Rhoman each receiving N$2500 cash sponsored by Standard bank.
We also would like to thank all the sponsors that contributed to make our event a big success:
Standard Bank Namibia as the Title sponsor contributed to all the cash prizes for the podium positions in the different categories as well as N$2500 cash prices for each of the winners males & female Aus development riders.
Gondwana collection sponsored the Victor & Victrix Ludorum prices for the overall winner Male and Female, N$10 000 each;
Maerua & the Grove Super Spar sponsored N$25 000 for gift voucher for the podium positions in the different categories on day 2
Rust & Vrede Wines, Beyers Kloof Wines and Middel Vlei Wines sponsored Magnum bottles red wine for the podium positions in the different categories on day 3;
Raubex Construction sponsored N$2500 cash prices for the winners males & female Aus development riders in the full marathon
Heinrich Kohne from Cycledelic Bike shop was responsible for the Tec zones at water point A and the Start/Finish
Namibian Breweries made available benches, tables and fridges for the beer tent
Warren from Octopus Tents made available two stretch tent at a special price for the event
Looking forward to have you with us at the 2018 MTB Challenge next year end April beginning of May. Standard bank and the Title Sponser after the race already indicated they will once again be the major sponsor and will even increase the amount to also included meal expenses of the riders.
Visit www.klein-aus-vista.com for more information on our accommodation options – please book in advance!