The two HEAD Bikes teams from Europe competing in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the Western Cape on Saturday are preparing for tough opposition.
All in the U23 category, Joel Roth and Barbora Prudkova will represent the Pro team, while Cherie Redecker, Nina Benz and Silas Graf will turn out for the HEAD CICLO XC TEAM with x-Sight outfit.
The cross-country leg of the World Cup takes place on the outskirts of Stellenbosch and is expected to attract some of the world’s best competitors.
“The best of the best are here for this event, so it will be a big challenge for our riders,” said European HEAD Bikes marketing manager Adam Glosowic.
“But they are all motivated to do well because picking up UCI points in this event will assist them for the remaining races in Europe.
“They have ridden the World Cup track during their training, so they will have a good idea of what lies ahead of them on Saturday.”
Glosowic added that the riders were keen to develop their careers under the HEAD Bikes brand.
“A number of them joined us from fairly prominent teams with the idea of becoming part of an established brand as they progress in their careers. This weekend is a chance to show what they can do.”
The team members have been hard at work, training twice a day, and he said they had enjoyed the variety of trails they experienced.
A top brand in Europe, the company opened their South African arm, HEAD Bikes SA, last year.
For 2018, HEAD Bikes SA offer a limited range of road and mountain bikes to South African cycling enthusiasts, retailing their products online only.