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Valley Electrical_Titan Racing Team Launch

Valley Electrical_Titan Racing Team Launch

Source: https://inthebunch.co.za/2019/01/teenager-rossouw-bekker-starts-multi-discipline-sa-cycling-team/

A South African multi-discipline cycling team, Valley Electrical-Titan Racing, has been launched to participate in the 2019 season, manager Rossouw Bekker announced today.

The team will comprise four riders from different corners of the country – Bekker, 19, and Jamie Penfold, 17, both from the Western Cape, Tiffany Keep, 18, from KwaZulu-Natal and Marc Fourie, 22, from the Free State.

Bekker will serve as both rider and manager, said while the team aimed to reinforce the intrinsic value of the Titan brand they were also looking to add a performance element, which was how the outfit emerged.

The Stellenbosch local said he had always had “this dream and ambition to start a team”.

With the supply of their equipment already in place, Bekker said he had been looking for a corporate sponsor since last year May.

“It was quite a long and hard search to find a sponsor,” Bekker told In the Bunch today.

“Gareth [Wright], the marketing manager from Titan Racing, and I put a lot of work into proposals, but many doors were closed.”

Only towards the end of the year they managed to secure their title sponsor, he added.

“Matthew Miller, owner of Valley Electrical Contractors, bought into our ideas and was willing to help get us to the races and assist with our entries and accommodation.

“This team will definitely be a first in the SA scene and something that can grow into bigger and better things.”

Bekker and Fourie will focus mainly on marathon and three or four-day mountain-bike stage races.

Keep and Penfold will specialise in cross-country racing. They both represented SA last year at the UCI world cross-country champs and would look to make the cut again this season, Bekker said.

“The team’s role will be to try and support them on the local scene to help get them to the world champs and racing in Europe.”

He added that they would be taking part in most of the SA MTB Cup Series XCO events this year.

Bekker and Fourie will “be present” at those events, but will compete in many of the Trailseeker Series events and stage races such as the Tankwa Trek and Wines2Whales Shiraz.

The team will also feature in road races, with Keep hoping to defend her junior title at the national road champs next month, he said.

All members of the team will also take part in the Cape Town Cycle Tour in March.

They will make their debut at the first SA MTB Cup Series XCO event in Bloemendal, Bellville, in the Western Cape this weekend.

Bekker said he and the sponsors aimed to adopt long-term goals for the outfit.

“I don’t want it to be a one-year, once-off thing. Both partners involved are keen and in it for the long run.

“I hope this will be the start of something big. I’m hoping we can grow to become one of the country’s top mountain-bike teams.

“I do feel like we have the talent for it.”

Rossouw Bekker

Rossouw Bekker

Age: 19


Occupation: Second-year BBA student at IMM

Team role: Team manager and rider

Top cycling results:
2017: WP XCO Series winner, SA Cup Series – 2nd overall, African Continental XCO Champs – 1st , SA Time trail champs – 2nd , SA Marathon Champs – 2nd, Nissan Trail Seeker Series – Winner (Half marathon), Overall King of the Mountains at the Hot Chillee London to Paris.
2018: (first year u/23): Represented South Africa at the Epic World Cup XCO in Stellenbosch, 4th at African Continental Champs Egypt, Gravel and Grape 2-day Extreme stage race – 1st

Tiffany Keep

Tiffany Keep

Age: 18

Occupation: First-year student

Top cycling results:

2017: SA XCO Champion, represented South Africa at World Champs in Australia.
2018: National Champion for Cross Country, Marathon and Road cycling. Represented South Africa at World Champs in Switzerland.

Marc Fourie

Marc Fourie

Age: 22

Occupation: Cyclist and coach

Top cycling results:

2016: 2nd place at African Continental Champs
2017: Free State Champ XCO, gained experience in Europe racing World Cups. 1st place Y2karoo Stage Race
2018: 2nd at y2karoo stage race, 7th at Swartberg Gran Fondo, represented South Africa at the Epic World Cup Stellenbosch. Free State XCO Champion.

Jamie Penfold

Jamie Penfold

Age: 17


Occupation: High school student at Paul Roos Gymnasium

Top cycling results:

2015/2016/2017 : 3x Spur Nationals Winner, SA XCM champ (2017), 2X runner up in SA XCO Champs
2018: Represented SA at World XCO Champs, 4th at African Champs

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