NAME CHANGE: Novus OMX Pro Team

Our title sponsor, The Paarl Media Group, has announced its intention to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange under the new name of Novus Holdings.

 

Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Van Der Walt, says the listing is a step as part of the Group’s strategy to unlock its growth potential and diversify into manufacturing and technology that is related to its current core business of print.

 

For the OMX Pro Team this change manifests itself only in the name of the team which will now be Novus OMX Pro Team, a change which the UCI have agreed to. The support and sponsorship from Novus Holdings is unchanged and we will continue to work, as before, in a close partnership with the company.

 

We wish Novus Holdings the very best as they move their company forward, and we look forward to a fruitful relationship in the coming years.

CAPE EPIC for Gujan and Giger

Gujan and Giger to pair up for Paarl Media OMX Pro Team at 2015 Absa Cape Epic.
Martin Gujan and fellow Swiss MTB superstar Fabian Giger have paired up for the 2015 Absa Cape Epic. Representing the Paarl Media OMX Pro Team, both riders bring international stage race wins and World Cup podium experience to the demanding eight-day adventure through the Western Cape region in South Africa.

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Martin racing South Africa’s Tankwa Trek stage race in 2014. Image: Zoon Conje

The 2015 Cape Epic is a fresh attempt for Martin and Fabian together, but their partnership is built on an established friendship. The pair have the credentials to make an impact on this race, and do not hide their ambitions for a stage podium. Martin and Fabian would also like to be well-positioned in the final general classification, the accumulative time after eight stages. They are set to tame the wild African challenge on the home soil of title sponsor and leading African professional printers, the Paarl Media Group. The Group’s unwavering support ensured that travel to South Africa was arranged and Fabian’s spot was secured.
“When Guschi first contacted me about the Cape Epic, I was immediately excited. Martin is a strong rider and a good friend, making him a great fit as a partner. I hope that the Epic will give me the best training plus great experiences, and in terms of results, we hope to be on the podium at least once and finish in a good position in the General Classification. This is the Epic and anything can happen,” says Fabian.

The 2015 Cape Epic will be Fabian's second attempt at the biggest MTB stage race in the World. Image: Maxime Schmid / Swiss Cycling

The 2015 Cape Epic will be Fabian’s second attempt at the biggest MTB stage race in the World. Image: Maxime Schmid / Swiss Cycling

Fabian hopes for more stage wins in 2015. Image: Sportograf.com

Fabian hopes for more stage wins in 2015. Image: Sportograf.com

Martin will ride aboard the Silverback Superbike Concept, the first ever rider to pilot this bike at the Cape Epic. Silverback’s support in getting the team to the Epic has never floundered, and the technology behind the bike will support Martin in the same way at every stage and handle anything the course throws his way.
Martin says, “Both the Cape Epic and the Silverback bike is something new. I will be well prepared and hope for the best performance. I am confident that the bike will see me through. Fabian and I have a good understanding with similar mind-sets therefore the partnership will be strong. I am excited.”

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Epic focus for the experienced Swiss rider. Image: Zoon Cronje

The Gujan/Giger pairing is new but should not be underestimated.

The partnership, the pedigree and the ambition are there.
We are taking this on, #weareOMX!

Second for Cherie at Tankwa Trek Stage Race

South Africa knows how to do MTB stage races, and the Tankwa Trek is no exception… 

Sunshine, stunning scenery and savage stages! 

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Cherie started stage one of three with excitement, looking forward to the days ahead but mindful of the challenge in hand: stage one alone was 83km with 1850m of climbing. After four hours and twelve minutes, Cherie crossed the finish line in second place in the solo women’s category, nine minutes down on winner, Catherine Williamson, and with a six minute cushion over Christene Jansen Van Rensburg in third. Despite the tough racing Cherie’s round up of the stage was, “a great route with breathtaking scenery”!

Onto stage two. Although the time gaps in the solo women’s field were sizeable, a lot can happen over 89km and a vicious 2240m of vertical ascent! After the stage Cherie touched base with us to say, “Tough day out today. Things were going well until the last loooong climb where I faded half way up…”. With nothing left in the tank, Cherie was on damage-limitation mode and, although she lost second place overall, it was only by about two minutes. She was already determined to make it back up on the final, shorter stage.

Stage three had a long neutralised zone to begin with – theoretically a nice loosener for tired legs – and then 35km of racing on exciting new singletrack trails which carved their way through rock formations and over narrow stream-crossings. After three days of hard racing Cherie was in high spirits – “Today was fantastic. The pace was super fast from the beginning but I felt really good”. These good legs brought Cherie back up to second overall and she nearly topped it off with a stage win, just not quite being able to hold the pace towards the end of the stage.

Cherie takes away three solid days of training plus great experience and lessons learned. It’s a whole different discipline from XCO, but with this performance, Cherie is sure to be back for more stage racing!

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For more information about the Tankwa Trek: http://www.tankwatrek.co.za/