Hansgrohe Africa has sponsored the shower accessories for the past three years for the ABSA Cape Epic event and has since then received mounting requests for sponsorship of the shower area for other events as well as other forms of sponsorship, including ABSA Pride Rides and now the sponsorship of two avid mountain bikers from On Tap Jeffreys Bay in the Transbaviaans MTB race.
We can now hear from Louis Naude, who is also a runner, about his experience in this MTB race.
“Mountain biking is a very popular sport in this part of the world due to the excellent country routes around Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Patensie, Loerie, Gamtoos and Hankey. Our Country roads has also proven very safe to date. Touch wood.
My name is Louis Naude, owner of On Tap Jeffreys Bay. Our regular customers are Builders and Plumbers, and many of them are keen Mountain bikers (AND Hansgohe fans, off course). The famous Transbaviaans 230 km, “toughest single stage MTB event in the World” also ends in Jeffreys Bay, making J/Bay not only famous for its excellent surfing, but more and more also for its mountain biking. See http://www.transbaviaans.co.za/. It takes place on 16 August 2014.
I have always been a jogger, having done numerous marathons such as the Knysna Forest marathon, the Kilimanjaro marathon and the Comrades ultra-marathon. Biking just looked more fun, so about two years ago I joined the local group on their early ride on Saturday mornings. Now I never jog anymore.
We even have a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/479723698799887/
So far I’ve done the Karroo to Coast, Tsitsikamma MTB Challenge and the Jeffreys Bay MTB Open.
Wayne Denysschen is a Plumber in Jeffreys Bay. He lived in England for a number of years where he enjoyed mountain biking immensely. He quickly joined the local MTB fraternity when he moved to Jeffreys Bay. Wayne completed the Transbaviaans last year in an excellent 12 hours 15 minutes. He has also done numerous other races in the area, including the extremely tough Attakwas Extreme 121km (total ascent 2900m) from Oudshoorn to Great Brak River. See http://www.atta.co.za/.
This year Wayne and I entered the Transbaviaans!! It is a team event. Two, three or four people per team. Wayne and I are proudly entered as the Hansgrohe Team.
Before the Transbaviaans we have enter a few races for training, the first being the Tsitsikamma on 12 April. Then there’s also the Jeffreys Bay MTB Open in July, which runs concurrently with the International Billabong Surfing Championships.
After Transbaviaans we would love to do the PE Plett, a 3 day event in September, as well as the To Hell and Back in Gamkaskloof in November. It’s a 2 day event.
I’m only 54 this year, and Wayne is 34, so we have many more years of MTB ahead! Thanks very much Hansgrohe for showing so much interest in our sport.”