With just a couple of days before 202 riders embark on the second annual Ride the Ridges, proudly co-sponsored by PSG and Capricorn Group, excitement is growing for this epic mountain bike adventure on the beautiful scenic ridges surrounding Windhoek, which is lush green after the blessing of rain.
The vision of PSG and Capricorn Group is to offer a world-class MTB trail event, offering a unique experience for riders around the capital city. The inaugural event in 2022 set the bar very high on every level, and organisers are pulling out all the stops for the 2023 rendition.
The three-day journey will comprise three stages, starting and ending at Heja Lodge, with the first stage offering an easy introduction to the weekend. Riders will depart at 15h00 on Friday when they will be enjoying breathtaking scenery from some of the highest mountains surrounding Windhoek. A very special sundowner spot at 2100m above sea level is the day’s highlight, where riders will be rewarded with ice-cold beer on tap or gin and tonic.
On Saturday, riders will be enjoying the second stage, which will take them on one of the highest ridge lines in Namibia on a flowing jeep track, spread out over three privately-owned farms and restricted access land.
The last stage will commence on Sunday when riders take a shorter route through the scenic Las Vegas Namibia camp. After each day of riding, all the mountain bikes will be cared for by the Cycletec technicians in the Tech Zone and stored safely for the next day while riders enjoy complimentary food and drinks, live music, and good vibes.
There will be water points on all three stages and a Rider Village at Heja Lodge that will bring out the deeper essence of the event with some great surprises waiting for the riders. The Rider Village will host a Gin bar, beer on tap, good food and rider massages. Heja Game Lodge has excellent outdoor space for riders, their family, friends, and the public.
Ride the Ridges is unlike anything riders have ever ridden in Namibia. The demand for 2023 was so significant that entries were extended by 33%, yet the event was sold out. Ridge Riders will walk away from this unforgettable experience richer and hungry to discover when the next event will be hosted. The scenery and hospitality are unlike anything else for Namibian mountain bikers.
“Capricorn Group is proud of its partnership with PSG in hosting this unique three-day stage race. Our vision is to grow the Ride the Ridges event annually, offering even more riders this opportunity to access and explore the beautiful scenery around the ridges of Windhoek,” said Marlize Horn, Group Executive: Brand & Corporate Affairs at Capricorn Group.
“PSG Namibia is so excited to be involved again this year in the Ride the Ridges event. As a financial services group, we understand the importance of physical health and the value it brings to a balanced life. The event takes place in the beautiful scenery of Namibia, and we believe that being in nature and participating in outdoor activities is a great way to stay healthy and maintain a positive mindset. We are honoured to support events that align with our values,” said Brian van Rensburg