Team Spur announces partnership with Kargo National

Kargo National, the specialist road freight distribution company, has been investing in South African cycling for over three years and will continue to do so in a new partnership with professional mountain bike team, Team Spur.

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Team Spur consists of Swiss Marathon Champion and multiple Cape Epic winner Ariane Lüthi and Olympian and U23 African Champ Alan Hatherly.

 

“We are very excited to join Team Spur for the upcoming season,” commented Leigh Oliveira, Marketing Manager at Kargo National. “Kargo National has always had a passion for mountain biking and we believe that this new venture will be a prosperous one.”

 

“Alan has been such an outstanding ambassador. A great sportsman both on and off the track. We are proud to continue this journey with him,” Oliveira said.

 

“Ariane Luthi shows such passion and commitment for this sport which ultimately every athlete needs to have in order to succeed. Kargo National looks forward to sponsoring and supporting both these talented athletes during the season.”

 

“The relationship is fantastic continuity in their support for Alan Hatherly,” commented Nic Lamond of Podium Sports, which runs Team Spur. “It’s encouraging to see that they wanted to continue to support the country's pre-eminent mountain bike racer and believe he has the character and talent to make a global impact.”

 

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Hatherly will have his first chance to shine in Team Spur colours, in his preferred discipline (XCO), this coming weekend at the first round of the SA XCO Cup Series, which takes place at Rhebokskloof, outside Paarl in the Western Cape.

 

“It’s the first XCO of the year so it’s going to be quite exciting to go out and see what happens,” Hatherly said. “My form feels good at the moment. I started my intensity block about two weeks ago and although I’m still in strength phase at the gym, my numbers are already better than last year, so I’m really looking forward to see what that relates to in a quite deep field with the Europeans.”

 

Indeed the start list will be stacked, with a host of International riders in the country for training, confirmed to race. Apart from all the top local contenders, the start list includes fellow Specialized riders Sam Gaze (New Zealand) and Simon Andreasson (Denmark) as well as seasoned campaigner Manuel Fumic (Germany), Marcel Guerrini (Switzerland) and Martin Gluth (Germany)

 

“I would like to go top three,” Hatherly said. “I think that is fairly realistic. It is a deep field with Sam, Simon and Marcel. Guys are obviously going to see where there form is. Also the guys racing Absa Cape Epic are also going to be testing the guns.”

 

Hatherly believes the trademark Paarl heat is bound to be a factor. “It will count in the South Africans’ favour,” he said, before jokingly adding, “I think the Europeans are going to melt out there.”

 

Hatherly will be racing UCI World Cups in the U23 category, but has elected to race the SA XCO Cup series as a Pro Elite. “The Pro Elite race is a Cat One [UCI Category 1], so it gives U23s an opportunity us to get more points as they mix U23 and Elites together, which is really good for me because to compete in other events for points becomes a bit hectic. Racing Pro Elite means the racing is much better, much faster, more competitive which makes it a better test for everyone.”

 

Ariane Lüthi will also race in what is shaping up to be a stacked women's Pro Elite field, with local favourites Cherie Redecker and Mariske Strauss billed to be there, as well as a host of international riders.

 

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12 Comments

Shebeen, Feb 27 2017 11:00

what does this mean for Kargo MTB team? Still going (they're website is a bit outdated, still got Alan on the squad)

 

https://www.peschlracing.com/the-team/

BigTom, Feb 27 2017 11:03

what does this mean for Kargo MTB team? Still going (they're website is a bit outdated, still got Alan on the squad)

 

https://www.peschlracing.com/the-team/

Pretty sure the Kargo MTB team no longer exists (as of end of 2016)

Shebeen, Feb 27 2017 11:28

Pretty sure the Kargo MTB team no longer exists (as of end of 2016)

oh...they should probably do that press release thing to clear up any confusion.

Well done to Mr Lamond for keeping what seemed like a really committed sponsor in the sport.

Nibali, Feb 27 2017 11:44

What happened to James Reid? Missed his move another team completely.

BigTom, Feb 27 2017 11:49

What happened to James Reid? Missed his move another team completely.

Was wondering the same thing - found this article saying he's taking a break from cycling in 2017...

 

http://www.treadmtb....sional-cycling/

Gerhard Gous, Feb 27 2017 11:54

James Reid retired from competitive cycling towards the end of last year. His own words...

 

I have a moral code of zero-tolerance that I’ve always stuck to throughout my career, but I’m not sure everyone else I’ve raced against could say the same. You’ll often be judged through a certain lens by members of the public who attach a certain stigma to cyclists that I no longer want to be a part of.

rock, Feb 27 2017 01:48

it says a lot when one of the biggest talents in the country steps out at such a young age.

Nibali, Feb 27 2017 01:59

Was wondering the same thing - found this article saying he's taking a break from cycling in 2017...

 

http://www.treadmtb....sional-cycling/

 

Very interesting read. Thanks for that.

Meezo, Feb 27 2017 02:13

thought James Reid was temporary, for him to get into study, he did say he was going to see how it goes for a year or so, and decide if he wants to race again.

BigTom, Feb 27 2017 02:59

thought James Reid was temporary, for him to get into study, he did say he was going to see how it goes for a year or so, and decide if he wants to race again.

That is correct according to his response in the article...

 

Is this just a one-year break or do you think you might be done with full-time bicycle racing?           

I don’t know that answer yet, and I’m happy not knowing. I think I could feasibly come back to the sport in a year or two, or perhaps my interests change and I end up doing something else. Bike racing for me was about a real-world education and post-event reflection on the ability to set, finance and execute personal targets both locally and abroad. Once that learning begins to taper, it feels like time to venture into something else where the learning curve will be steeper again. So I guess the answer is: I don’t know yet, maybe I will return, maybe I will not.

BigTom, Feb 27 2017 03:25

oh...they should probably do that press release thing to clear up any confusion.

Well done to Mr Lamond for keeping what seemed like a really committed sponsor in the sport.

That would definitely be helpful - I Googled to try and find something official, but came up with nothing.  However, I do know one of the former Kargo MTB team members and I checked with him.  He confirmed that the Kargo MTB team closed down end of 2016.

CAAD4, Feb 27 2017 08:57

Awesome that Kargo are continuing in the sport.