Cape Town - Boasting an impressive array
of young talent, the two HEAD Bikes teams from Europe will be keen to make an
impact at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in the Western Cape on Saturday.
The UCI HEAD Bikes Pro team
and the Ciclo outfit will both have riders taking part in the cross-country leg
of the World Cup race, which will be held on the outskirts of Stellenbosch.
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 Ciclo XC outfit.
Roth won the European
cross-country team event in 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 pair have been hard at
work training in Stellenbosch, with Roth arriving in early February and
Prudkova and the Ciclo trio joining him later in the month.
European marketing manager
Adam Glosowic said the cyclists had been delighted with the
experience of training in the Western Cape, where they had been exposed to a
wide variety of trails.
are super happy with the trails because there are so many choices in this area," he said.
example, you take a place like the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve near Stellenbosch
and you can ride there for a year and not ride the same trail twice."
He said the team members had
been training twice a day, early morning and late afternoon, and they always
came back thrilled with the experiences they had.
Keen to show what they could
do in the World Cup event, Glosowic said they realised they would face
best of the best are here for this event, so it will be a big challenge for our
riders," he said.
they are all motivated to do well because picking up UCI points in this event
will assist them for the remaining races, which will take place mainly in
have ridden the World Cup track during their training, so they will have a good
idea of what lies ahead of them on Saturday."