About Mr-african



Cape Epic 2004


Transalp podium


Mannie elbow



Here just a short prologue on Mannie Heymans.

I started cycling in 1990 and competed in road races in Namibia and South Africa. I became Namibian road champion 11 times, 5 times MTB champion and won a silver medal at the 1995 All African Time Trail Championships.

In 1998 I changed to MTBking to try and qualify for the 2000 Olympic Games. I became African Champ in 1999 and won this title the next 2 times as well.

As African Champion I qualified for the 2000, 2004 and once again for the 2008 Olympic Games and finished 26th, 29th and 44th respectively. Other big achievements include Namibian Sportsman of the Year 2000, winning the inaugural Tans Alp Challenge 1998 and 2004 as well as the inaugural Cape Epic 2004 in South Africa.

My first real bad luck came in 2006 when I crashed in a race in Germany, 2km from the finish while leading the race. I badly broke my collarbone and was out of competition for 4 months.

I got myself back on the winning way and had a supper 2008 qualifying for the Olympic Games and had 16 podium finishes and won 9 races.

2009 started off well but the bad luck struck again and after a freak accident I shattered my left elbow and it was off the bike for another 6 months.

I was just getting back into the swing of things, cementing my place on the podium again, when a crash on my road bike put a halt to my progress yet again. A grade 1 tear of the ligaments and cartilage on my right shoulder make me wonder if this job is still for me.


Teams Team Garmin adidas 2008-present
Previous Teams MTN Energade 2007-2008
  Team Raleigh 2006-2007
  Team Focus Race Division 2000-2005
Sporting Highlights 3 times Olympian
  Namibian Sportman of the year 2000
  Namibian Sports Acheiver of the year 1999
  Trans Alp challenge 1st 1998 and 2004