NAMIBIAN development cyclist Costa Seibeb recently joined the UCI African Continental Cycling Centre (WCCA) in Potchefstroom, South Africa, after being nominated to attend the 10-week training camp by the Namibian Cycling Federation (NCF).
Seibeb, a talented development rider from Katurua, recently made great strides in Namibian cycling, winning the Nedbank Cycle Tour and coming second in the Namibian Cycle Classic last year, while he was also selected for the Namibian team that participated at the African Cycling Championships in Burkina Faso in November.
The NCF received an invitation from the WCCA to send a rider on the training course and the NCF, under the leadership of president Mannie Heymans selected Seibeb to attend the course.
"This training is a vital step in the development of a rider, to help prepare for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in 2014 and beyond," he said.
Besides all aspects of training, Seibeb will take part in high-level races in South Africa and rub shoulders with experienced riders from all over the continent.
Seibeb thanked his sponsors who made the training camp possible, namely Dawie Möller of D&M Rail Construction, Nedbank, Axel Theissen of Cymot, SBS Trucking, Hartmut Ruppel and Dan Craven.
Last Sunday, Seibeb competed in a race near Vereeniging, along with his compatriot Till Drobisch who is riding for the MTN Feeder Team in South Africa.
Although Seibeb's job was to help the sprinters in his team, he did well, finishing 14th out of 112 cyclists in his category, while Drobisch came seventh in his category.
Namibian professional cyclist Dan Craven also participated in the race and according to his mother, Pat Craven, he was impressed with Seibeb's performance.
"It was a flat race and Costa is a mountain goat, so his job is to help the sprinters in such races, but that said, Dan rode with them and was impressed. Costa said Dan helped and taught him a lot, which is the idea," she said.
Meanwhile, the third leg of the Windhoek Pedal Power series, the Matchless Road Race, takes place on Sunday morning.
The race starts at 07h30 at the Matchless Mine turnoff on the Daan Viljoen road, with registration starting at 06h30.
The riders will go onto the Western Bypass, down to the Elisenheim bridge at Brakwater, where they will do several Döbra Loops, depending on their age group category.
The final stretch is once again up the Daan Viljoen road to the finish at the Matchless Mine turnoff.
The Elite Men, Under 23 Men and Junior Men will cover 106,6km, the Veteran men 90,6km, the Under 16 Boys 76,1km and the Elite women 61,7km.
So far the junior cyclists have been outshining their senior rivals in the WPP series, with 17-year-old Michael Pretorius winning the opening two races and his team mate Martin Fryer coming second on both occasions.
The Men's Elite category is still wide open with Jacques Celliers and Adriaan Maartens in the lead, while Fiffy Kashululu and Charl Fouche are battling it out for top honours in the Men's Under 23 category.
The Elite Women's category is still wide open with Irene Steyn, Bertha Theron, Wanette Hanekom and Zoe Mitchell amongst the early pace setters.