Windhoek — Contrary to earlier reports that Namibia's most promising cyclist Costa Seibeb would not take part in the Nedbank Cycling Challenge, Seibeb returned to Namibia just before the weekend to win the arduous 100km race in an impressive time of 2h 28' 37".
The soft-spoken youngster, who currently plies his trade with the World Cycling Centre in Potchefstroom, South Africa, made a surprise appearance in the competition over the weekend and went all the way to defy a strong field of cyclists. His competitors included the likes of Henrich Kohne and Martin Freyer, who were both serious contenders for the title.
Seibeb returned to his favourite hunting ground to clinch the 29th edition of the annual Nedbank Cycling Challenge for the 2nd successive year, in Windhoek, yesterday.
Henrich Kohne, who also finished 2nd in last year's edition, repeated the same feat when he clocked 2h 28' 42" to finish well behind Seibeb, while 17-year-old tyro cyclist Martin Freyer who won last weekend's Nedbank Mountain Bike Challenge, dropped another surprise when he finished 3rd in a time of 2h 28' 44".
"I did not expect the race to be this tough, but I did my best and managed to come out strong and win it for the second time. My opponents were very much determined and they also proved how determined they are to win this race," said Seibeb.
"Winning the Nedbank Cycle Challenge for the second year is very important for me and for my team back in South Africa, because I promised my coach that I was going to win this race and I did just that. The race will also motivate me, because I'm planning to go and partake in more competitions when I rejoin my club back in South Africa," said an overwhelmed Seibeb.
Meanwhile, Chelna Neetling took top hounors in the women's 100km category after finishing in 2h 39' 39", while Irene Steyn trailed in 2nd place with a time of 2h 39' 42" and Janne van der Merwe followed closely in 3rd place with a time of 2h 39' 54".
The 29th edition of the annual Nedbank Cycle Challenge attracted more than 1100 cyclists, who participated in the 20, 35, 75 and the 100km races.