Youth Skills Development Clinic June 2017

TRAINING CAMP with Daisyway Coaching Systems – Windhoek 01 – 04 JUNE 2017

From 01 to 04 June 2017, Rock & Rut Mountain bike club hosted a skills training course for school children with coaches Erica Green & Spook Groenewald from Daisyway Coaching Systems.

We had 53 participants with ages ranging from 5 to 16 years who took part in the four day course.

The children were divided into two groups for the coaches to be able to concentrate and give the necessary attention to each individual child.

The course was held on the DSW sports field and MTB skills track.

Day 1: The coaches arrived in the morning and the afternoon was spent with registration and assessment of the kids.  Bicycles were checked and setup corrected on a lot of bikes. The kids were then split into two groups according to their abilities.

Day 2:  The morning was spent on the IJG trails / Farm Windhoek inspecting the trails for activities on Sunday’s outing. The afternoon was split into 2x 90 minute sessions where the kids practiced mainly balance on the bicycles with exercises like a Limbo ride, riding as slow as possible for a certain length of track, picking up a bottle from a crate on the floor and riding on a plank for a specified distance.  Cornering was also practiced with riding a figure of 8, riding around a four bottle square and doing sharp switch-backs around planks.  The exercises were adapted to suit the more advanced riders. On Friday evening the coaches talked to the parents on Long Term Participation Development (LPTD) in the school hall of the DSW ending off with a short social with Goulash soup and Chicken-a-la-King.

Day 3:  Saturday was split into 2x three hour sessions.  The kids had to do exercises to train braking (one brake only vs both brakes), descending (concentration on body position), mounting and dismounting a bicycle before and after an obstacle, race starts and pedaling/pumping/cornering on a small pump track.  The day’s session was ended with games, riding a team pursuit, the Go Slow Circle and the Blind Le Mans start. On Saturday evening, a short introduction on Basic Elements of Training was given to interested parents closing off with a social get-together and informal braai.

Day 4:  Sunday was again split into two sessions of three hours with an outride on the IJG trails where focus was given on the skills learnt during the previous days.  Certificates of participation were handed out to all participants after the ride.


In conclusion we must say that this course was an eye opener to every participant.  Even though the children are very much ahead of similar aged kids in South Africa regarding natural ability on obstacles, basic skills are lacking according to coaches Erica and Spook.

The Rock & Rut MTB club was commended for initiating such a course and it was suggested to do this on a regular basis to obtain continuity.

Namibia’s cycling community is mourning the loss of one of its best cyclists, Raul ‘Costa’ Seibeb.

The shocking and really sad news of Costa passing away in a car accident early this week put everyone in disbelief! ‘Is this really true?’ was going through social media on Tuesday as we all tried to find out what really happened.

We have not only lost one of our Rock & Rut members, but also a talented and very hardworking young cyclist who had so much to look forward to in his still very young cycling career.

Our sincerest condolences go to his family and friends and we pray for strength moving forward. You will be missed at all the future cycling events ‘Costa’!

Rest in Peace!

Top African cyclists headed to Namibia for UCI cycling race 1.4.2017

Pieter du Toit, Mariske Strauss and Cherie Redecker are amongst some of the top South African cyclists who will be taking part in the Nedbank XC 1 – UCI Category 1 race this weekend.

The Union Cyclist International (UCI) classified race will also see top cyclists from Lesotho such as Monese Phetetso and Masitise Likeleli, who both have a UCI ranking of 98, taking part.

From Namibia, Costa Seibeb, Tristan de Lange, Xavier Papo and Michelle Vorster have all confirmed to take part.

The race will take place at the IJG Trails in Windhoek, Kleine Kuppe on 31 March and 01 April 2017. On Friday, registration and late entries will take place as from 09h00 while the race kicks off at 14h00.

On Saturday, the race kicks off bright and early at 08h00.

Since the race is a UCI category race, it means international cyclists taking part stand a chance to earn extra points that can get them into bigger competitions. The race is designed to provide competitive opportunities to cyclists in all categories which include amongst others Elite Women and Men Under 23, Junior Men and Women, Grand Master Men, Veteran Men and Women, as well as Sub Veteran Men and Women.

Nedbank Namibia has for the past three years pumped more than N$350 000 into the XC Cross Country Series, and have sponsored N$100 000 towards this weekend’s race.

“Nedbank Namibia has a long-standing association with cycling development in Namibia, which stretches back to November 1986 when the first edition of the Nedbank Cycle Challenge was hosted.  The growth of the sport, and particularly the steady improvement of young, talented cyclists, has been heartening to note in recent years.  We are exceptionally proud to be associated with a number of top class cycling events in our country, and the UCI race will surely extend the growing reputation of our country as a capable host for premier cycling races on the African continent,” said Gernot de Klerk, Head : Marketing & Communication at Nedbank.

Online entries to the race close on 29 March at 12h00 but late entries can still be accommodated on the same day between 12h00 – 15h00 and Friday, 31 March from 09h00 – 15h00 at The Kayak club next to the Municipal swimming pool in Olympia.

Many of the international cyclists taking part in this race participated in the Absa Cape Epic which finished last week Sunday.

More information on the event is available at


Issued by the Corporate Marketing and Communications Division of Nedbank Namibia. For further enquiries, kindly contact Selma Shipanga, (061) 295 2184.

2016 Otjihavera Xperience

Otjihavera is one of Namibia’s toughest MTB challenges.
The FNB Otjihavera Experience, in association with Novel Ford, had one of the biggest fields of riders Namibia has ever seen in a multistage marathon event when it was staged on 20 and 21 August.
More than 230 riders lined up for the two-day event through the mountains around Midgard.

Click here to view the race results.