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Elite U.S. Athlete and Journalist Jessi Stensland to Compete in 2012 Namib Quest Extreme Mountain Bike Race

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Windhoek, NAMIBIA – California-based elite multisport athlete and journalist, Jessi Stensland, has joined the first North American team to participate in Namibia‟s six-day Namib Quest Extreme Mountain Bike race April 29 through May 4, 2012.

Approximately 100 teams from across Africa and the globe will participate in this six-day, 500-kilometer/311-mile journey from the Namibian capital Windhoek to the coastal town of Swakopmund through the remote Namib Highlands. The Namib Quest is an extreme safari by mountain bike where participants will travel through some of Namibia‟s most iconic landscapes, including the soaring sand dunes of Namib Naukluft National Park.

“I‟m thrilled to have the amazing opportunity to take part in this race while experiencing some of the stunning untouched landscapes Namibia has to offer,” said Stensland. “I think it‟s only a matter of time before the Namib Quest joins the ranks of other global „bucket list‟ events on the extreme mountain bike circuit.”

Stensland joins teammate Luis Vargas, Manager of Adventure Travel Programs for REI, North America‟s leading outdoor adventure retailer/consumer cooperative and travel provider, who is also an avid mountain bike racer and photographer.

Both teammates will be covering the race on assignment for which receives 1.7+ million unique visitors a month. The pair will also contribute to other North American traditional and online media, while generating video footage of the Namib Quest for future use by the event organizers and for editorial purposes.

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