Over the last few years we have seen the popularity of cycling explode, for both on and off road events. Recent participation in events such as the Gravel & Dirt MTB series as well as the hype surrounding the Tour De Windhoek, clearly shows that riders from all ages and backgrounds are finding themselves addicted to the sport, which has taken the world by storm.
Patrick de Goede, the owner of Cycletec Namibia, one of the country's leading suppliers of cycling gear, and Hollard Namibia, who over the years have sponsored and participated in some of Southern Africa's largest cycling events, decided to form a partnership with the intent of opening up a bike park for the general public.
The Hollard Bike Park will be opening next to Eagles in Avis, and will offer riders a Cross country loop, Dual slalom track, balance park and drop offs with a range of different heights, all of which forms part of the first of three phases that will eventually become the most complete exhilarating experience for any rider, young or old. The Park was carefully planned and constructed with the sole purpose of providing a safe environment for children and cycling clubs to develop their skills whilst building the cycling community in a whole.
An enormous thank you goes out to Hollard, Pupkewitz, OJ Plant Hire and Nedbank, whose contributions made it possible for the construction of the park. With the support of companies such as these the sport of MTB in Namibia will reach greater heights than ever before.
From 31 August - 02 September 2017 the park will host the Hollard bike park tournament that forms part of the Nedbank Spring Festival. This event is also sanctioned by the Namibian Cycling Federation and will offer a two day structured coaching clinic with various obstacles, with the aim of to develop all-round skills for young riders aged 7 - 14. For more information on how to purchase tickets please visit the Cycletec Website. Entries for the event will be closing at lunchtime Thursday afternoon.
More information regarding operation times and event dates will be given once final preparations are in place. Cycling is a sport that brings people together, it can involve and grow communities, give opportunities to individuals to excel in a sport that can truly open up doors for anyone. Whether you compete professionally or simply enjoy a Sunday afternoon ride, The Hollard Bike Park is a place for you and your family to enjoy a day of cycling underneath the Namibian sun.