HEAD Bikes, who entered the South African market last year, have extended their relationship with the country by sending riders to prepare for the upcoming European season.
Members of the HEAD Pro and Ciclo teams are using SA’s sunny weather to prepare for a number of events, including the cross-country leg of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Stellenbosch on March 10.
European marketing manager Adam Glosowic said having the riders train in South Africa helped them to bypass the cold conditions of a European winter.
“Our riders are all looking for some warm place to do their training in the off-season,” he said.
“What better place than Stellenbosch, with good weather and many different training opportunities, for our winter training programme?”
Making up the HEAD Pro team this year are Barbora Prudkova, Joel Roth, Nick Baumann and Eric Lüthi, the last three of whom are currently training in Stellenbosch.
“Barbora will come out in the last week of February and join the training camp at the beginning of March,” he added.
Roth won the European cross-country team event with Switzerland last year and was runner-up in the same discipline at the U19 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Australia, where Prudkova took fourth place in the U23 race.
The second outfit, HEAD Ciclo XC Team, will also compete in next month’s World Cup event. They will be represented by Cherie Redecker, Nina Benz and Silas Graf.
HEAD Bikes SA were set up last year to distribute the brand in the country and Glosowic said the training camp was a great opportunity to promote the bikes locally.
For 2018, HEAD Bikes SA offer a limited range of road and mountain bikes to South African cycling enthusiasts, retailing their products online only.