Young Guns with An Eye On The Future
On a balmy summer evening this week, the Contego Pro MTB Team was officially launched at SWIFT CARBONS’s Cape Town showroom. Team riders include Adriaan Louw and Lourens Luus who are both in their early twenties and biting at the bit to get cracking in their quest to become South Africa’s best marathon mountain bikers. This won’t happen overnight they candidly admit, but the launch of the Contego Pro MTB Team signifies the beginning of an exciting new chapter in their professional careers.
During an informal Q&A session at the launch, Neil Gardiner, SWIFT CARBON’s communication and marketing director and the evening’s MC, chatted to the lighties about their aspirations, dreams as well as their direct involvement in the development of the bike they will race this year, SWIFT CARBON’s brand new Evil Twin 29er dual suspension.
Ironically Louw and Luus have been competing against each other since their junior years, however, in 2015 they will join forces to create a formidable partnership that is based on a shared will to win, tireless work ethic and importantly, a friendship that stretches beyond the time they spend together on the bikes in tight and bright lycra.
In 2015 the duo will embark on a five-year journey that they believe will take them to the top echelons of marathon stage racing, and, if all goes according to plan, the top step of the podium at the world’s biggest and most badass stage race, the ABSA Cape Epic. This they say, is unequivocally their ultimate goal, to be the first South African pairing to win the coveted yellow jersey.
JC Louw, Contego CEO, was equally as excited about the team’s future. Contego have come on board as the title sponsor with the explicit goal to support the team in the long run as they build the foundations for success in 2015 and beyond. Another keen interest from Contego’s perspective is the chance for Louw and Luus to transfer their skills, dedication and professionalism to the next generation of riders. Developing a passion among school kids to firstly, get into mountain biking and secondly, to venture into the pain-cave when the time is right is what Contego is ultimately looking to achieve through their partnership with the team.
With South Africa’s notoriously busy race calendar, the team will be strict in keeping their focus aimed at events that build towards their primary goals, which in the short term include this weekend’s Tankwa Trek and Cape Epic.
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