Four years of training, preparation and sacrifice all has come to a head for three special athletes, representing South Africa, Canada and Japan, in the men’s triathlon, women’s triathlon and women’s road TT respectively. Henri Schoeman, Sarah-Anne Brault and Eri Yonamine will pilot special edition bikes – Schoeman and Brault on Hypervox aero road bikes and Yonamine a Neurogen TT bike.
Founder Mark Blewett says, “The bike industry might be a tough business to be in, but it suddenly all feels worth it when you see such bright talents riding our bikes at the highest possible level.”
Yonamine, 25, is the current Japanese National Time Trial Champion, Sarah-Anne, 26, is a former ITU Pan-Am Cup winner and 24-year-old Henri is a multiple ITU African champion and Commonwealth Games silver medalist.
The designs are themed around the countries’ flags that they’ll be flying, and were hand painted in Cape Town by Jared Mahaffey of BMC. “It was a tricky job, very intricate, but of course quite an honour doing it. I hope they like them.”
“For any athlete building up to the Olympics, it’s tunnel vision for months, and a special frame helps lift the morale a little,” says Blewett. “When her frame arrived in Japan, Eri burst into tears, and Sarah-Anne got pretty jealous when she saw Henri’s bike, all built up and ready. I really can’t wait to see them out on the course!”
Road TT women: August 10, 2016
Triathlon men: August 18, 2016
Triathlon women: August 20, 2016