Goodbye Guschi: Martin Gujan Leaves OMX in 2016

Today, sadly, we announce that Martin Gujan will be leaving the team in 2016.

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When Guschi signed with us (Orange Monkey, at the time) in 2013 it was a huge coup for the team. Martin was a calibre of rider that we had never before had the pleasure of working alongside, and the experience he brought to the team has been, as we hoped, invaluable.

Guschi quickly established himself within our set-up and has since played a central role in helping us to grow. He has also been at the centre of a great team spirit, a role model and mentor for our younger riders, and both the perpetrator, and the butt, of many jokes!

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As well as a figure head behind the scenes, Guschi has showed his class on the race course. The biggest highlight of the last two years is surely his incredible Cape Epic Prologue win with Fabian Giger earlier this year. That day, the first race for the newly rebranded OMX Pro Team, was a huge step forward for the team, and we will never forget the pivotal role that Guschi played.

For 2016 Martin will take his experience and professionalism to a new team which will be based in his home country of Switzerland.

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We will miss his hatred of walking and love of olive oil, his minute attention to detail, his straight talking and the boiled egg game.  But more than that, we wish him the biggest thanks, the fondest farewell and the very best for the future. #GoodbyeGuschi

 

Epic Israel Preview – Home race for Shlomi

Epic Israel will end an epic year for Shlomi, who has been non-stop points scoring for Olympic qualification. What better way to end than in the country that he hopes to represent? The white and blue of the Israeli National Champion’s jersey will be worn with extra pride over the next three days as Shlomi shows off his home trails to the World.

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With just one day to go before the start, here’s what Shlomi has to say:

For me, after such a long season with a lot of locations, there isn’t a better way to finish than at home.
Plus, the event is taking place in the area where I live, so it’s make things much easier for me and brings me another advantage. Am I tired? I wouldn’t lie. I raced many times this year and it’s getting harder to keep my form high. However, switching to the long distance event for the last of the year gave me fresh motivation and I was able to keep with the hard work. We will rock it, clearly! My partner for the Epic Israel is Uwe Wochenwarter from Austria. We used to ride together for Focus team at 2013-2014.
We always had good connection and friendship. We both taking it easy and relax off the bike and going hard when we are on the bike. The aim: keep it simple and win!

With high spirits and high hopes it’s time to make the final preparations.

Remember to follow the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news from the race.

Good luck Shlomi and Uwe!

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Epic Israel Preview – Mariske and Cherie pair up again!

Back in April, Mariske and Cherie paired up for Cape Epic to kick off their season. This week they will again join together to take on their final race of the year, Epic Israel. 

Here’s what the girls had to say about their expectations and goals for the final trip of 2015.

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Mariske:

Well with me moving into the last part of the year and having had quite the topsy turvy season, in some ways I am looking forward to it being over. BUT, definitely not before this super event with my stunning partner, Cherie! I really am excited but I have no idea what to expect. Hopefully we could manage a podium or three and honestly I just would love to at least finish the year strong. I’m super happy and honoured to be able to do so with the partner I started the year with, and I’m really excited to go to Israel and have the opportunity to race there; what a privilege. 

Cherie:

My form is good but I am feeling the effects from all the travelling and racing. That said, I think Lesotho Sky was a great build up for Epic Israel. After speaking to Shlomi I think we in for a treat. Looking at the videos & images it looks like a Top class event. The goals are firstly to have fun (with an awesome partner like Mariske this will be easy!) On the serious racing side, a podium finish will be great. I’m really looking forward to explore a new country on my Silverback SBC full suspension and I’m excited to push the limits for one last time before my break.

 

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Keep an eye out on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news through the Epic Israel.

http://www.epicisrael.org.il/en.

Good luck girls!