Namib Quest is a 6-day mountain bike stage race that begins in the
historic capital city of Namibia, Windhoek and ends 6 days later in the
famous coastal town of Swakopmund. The route will pass through the
folded mountains of the Khomas Hochland, dropping down through the
transition plateau into the famous Namib Desert and will include parts
of the Namib Naukluft Park. Riders will have the privilege of passing
through areas that are essentially closed to the general public.
race format will be two-person teams and the riders are both expected
to finish each stage together (see race rules).
Registration and Race Briefing:
of the riders will take place
at the THE WINDHOEK COUNTRY CLUB & RESORT. This will also be the venue for the start of the event. All riders will be expected to check in at the various
control points at registration where their bicycle will undergo
inspection, their medical forms will be checked and signed and their
personal information and entry details will be confirmed. They will then
receive their official race packages that will include amongst others,
their race numbers, stage information, latest race updates, etc.
The official race briefing will take place at 16:30 at the registration venue and is compulsory for all riders.
There will be a limited secure area to leave your bike overnight, at the registration venue. This will however be completely at your own risk.
race will officially start on the Sunday in Windhoek and
all riders will receive communication regarding the exact start venue.
The first section of the race will be declared a neutral zone with
riders being lead through the city until they reach the “official” race
prior to the race in Windhoek will be available at various guest house
establishments and hotels and a list of recommended accommodation
facilities will be sent to all registered riders. It remains the
rider’s own responsibility
to organize and book their own accommodation. All accommodation, meals and refreshments
prior to the race start are for the account
of the riders and are to be paid directly by them. The organizers will
do their best to assist where possible and will be available to give advice
as to what alternative establishments are available for accommodation
should riders wish to stay at a venue not on the list.
The race will end in the coastal town of Swakopmund where a post race
prize giving will be held. Details of the venue will be made available
to riders via newsletter. Accommodation in Swakopmund is once again the
responsibility of each rider and we will be sending out information
regarding the various options that exist to riders via newsletters.
Riders who want to book massage sessions with the event Physios need to
book sessions by providing requirements to following email address:
Event difficulty / Preparation
time to study the route distances and profiles available under EVENTS –
the question is asked – How difficult is the route and at what level of
fitness must one be to be able to complete the 6 days? This is normally
a difficult question to answer as all people have different levels of
ability , endurance etc, also each rider will have a different
perspective of what a difficult day in the saddle would entail. We will
try to provide some perspective of what to expect, based on our own
cycling experience and feed back received from previous participants.
first four days of the event takes riders through the Khomas Hochland
plateau separating Windhoek from the Namib Desert and eventually the
Atlantic ocean. These four days will comprise a lot of hilly terrain,
short hard climbs, short technical decents, some long climbs, varying
from gradual gradient to steep sections. Up side is that what goes up
must come down, therefore some spectacular descents will be experienced
as well. In terms of intensity of the days ride, if you have managed
stages on the W2W or Sani then you will be able to manage a day on the
Namib Quest…however remember this is a six day event! Half way through
day four you will commence a long very fast technical decent down into
the Namib Desert…possibly one of the most spectacular descents you will
do on a event!! You will also be rewarded at the end of this day in the
most scenic location of all the race villages, which is quite something
as all the race villages are located in remote wild places.
5 will entail a time trial covering a a mostly flat traverse of the
“Tinkas” plains in the Namib Desert. A few sections of loose sand will
be encountered however the majority of the stage terrain will enable a
fast race pace. Wildlife sightings should be optimum during this stage
with Zebra, Oryx, Springbok and many other species being in abundance.
finishers will receive a officail medal
commemorating their achievement. All riders who enter will also receive
preferred entry into the following years event (pending acceptance and
payment), and preferential entry onto the waiting list for future events
should they not be able to take part in the following years event.
All questions regarding the event and any details pertaining thereto
can be directed to the organizers via the website and we will be happy
to get back to you and assist where possible.