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Team dormakaba’s Vera Adrian off to Europe

Namibian national cycling champion Vera Adrian has left Team dormakaba to compete in Europe. She departed for Switzerland following her second-place finish at the recent Cape Town Cycle Tour.

“It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Vera but wish her well for her incredibly exciting journey to come. She was a mainstay of our team and it was a real privilege to have her race in our colours,” says Shaun Frayne, MD of dormakaba South Africa.

The Cape Town Cycle Tour was a fitting end to an action-packed year with Team dorbakaba.

“This is one of the biggest races in the world and to leave with a podium position felt really great. There was such a good tempo from the beginning with quite a few attacks. My strategy was to do enough to stay in touch with the leaders as I reckoned it would go down to a sprint finish. Unfortunately, I broke a bit too early, but it is all part of the learning curve,” she says.

For Vera, racing with dormakaba was a great experience.

“It has been wonderful racing for a sponsor that supported me so well. There was always a good vibe in the team and all of us received everything we needed to be as competitive as possible. It is going to be really challenging to find a replacement for the good environment I am leaving behind.”

Her immediate focus will be on maintaining her fitness and racing in Switzerland but admits there will be challenges once she starts her job in May.

“Working means there will be less time for training and recovery but I’m looking forward to balancing the physical with the mental. Cycling is all about having fun and I believe that it enables us to be outside, be in nature, and just enjoy time with friends. If you are not enjoying it, then why do it,” she says.