Marc Bassingthwaighte won the first leg of the Namibian Mountain Bike Cross Country series in Windhoek on Saturday when he completed the course in a time of 1 hour 40 minutes 15 seconds.
Mannie Heymans came second just about three minutes behind in 1:43:14, while Heinrich Kohne came third in 1:46:17.
A record 178 riders turned out for the event which started at the Windhoek Gymnasium School.
In a report on his personal website, Bassingthwaighte said he was amazed at the turnout.
“With all my South African racing I hardly get to race the Namibian XC’s anymore, so I was really surprised on Saturday when I arrived at the first XC of the year, sponsored by Cymot. There was even a small beer tent, I have never seen that. And there were people filling all the benches. It was amazing,” he said.
Bassingthwaighte and Heymans took the lead from the start, but after two laps, Bassingthwaighte broke away and started lapping the back riders before he clinched the victory.
“It was really nice to win in my home town while Mannie (Heymans) finished a good second followed by Heinrich Kohne. The three of us will now head to Mauritius for the Africa Champs at the beginning of May,” he said.
Vera Adrian won the Elite Women’s category in 1:24:31, followed by Irene Steyn (1:25:27) and Bertha Theron (1:36:10).
Marek Wojciechowski won the Junior Men’s category in 1:55:03, followed by Patrick Grossmann (1:57:13) and Johan Rossouw (1:59:58).
Stefan van Doorn won the Veteran Men’s category in 1:37:16, followed by Carl Hahn (1:39:28) and Leander Borg (1:39:44).
Monika Grossmann won the Veteran Women’s category in 1:10:54, followed by Antje Tietz (1:15:51) and Adele de la Rey (1:22:49).
Raul Fuentes Milano won the Masters Men category in 1:18:02, followed by Gunther Henle (1:19:36) and Otto Alfeld (1:26:11).
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