Race Information


Namib Quest Information

Introduction

The 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:

The race format will be two-person teams and the riders are both expected to finish each stage together (see race rules).

Entry Fees & Packages: http://www.windhoeklightevents.com/

Registration and Race Briefing:

Registration 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 Start

The 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 start.

Accommodation


Accommodation 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.

Physio Service


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

Take time to study the route distances and profiles available under EVENTS – RACE ROUTE.

Often 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.

The 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.

Day 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.

General

All 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.

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