Julian Schelb out of Cape Epic

We are sad to say that Julian Schelb can not continue the Cape Epic, and that Martin Gluth will ride on as an ‘Outcast’ rider.

During today’s (Sunday 19th March) Prologue at the Cape Epic in South Africa,  Julian’s core body temperature got dangerously high and he passed out whilst racing. Although the crash was not serious, his temperature (at forty degrees plus) was.

Julian was seen by medics and taken from the track to the on-site medical centre in the race arena. From here he was transferred to hospital. Medical staff worked to bring his core temperature under control. We are very happy to say that Julian is recovering well. His temperature has stabilised, his test results are good, and he is back with a smile on his face.

The Cape Epic is a savage race, and today it was the temperature – which pushed forty degrees centigrade – that was the most difficult obstacle to overcome. After months of preparation, Martin and Julian were eager to get stuck into the race and kick start their campaign with a strong Prologue ride. With the determination to get a top result today, the team were pushing hard and on this occasion Julian’s body took a heavy toll.

Julian is currently still in hospital so that he can be monitored and every step can be taken to ensure his full and quick recovery. We are very thankful to MediClinic South Africa for their brilliant response to the situation. We will keep you up to date with Julian’s condition as the week goes on.

Meanwhile, Martin will now ride the race as an ‘Outcast’. He can not gain results, but he will ride hard for both himself and his good friend and partner.

Thumbs up from Julian - the best thumbs up we've ever seen!

Thumbs up from Julian – the best thumbs up we’ve ever seen!

 

GERMAN DUO FORM ‘SILVERBACK OMX’ FOR CAPE EPIC 2017

OMX Pro Team’s Martin Gluth will pair up with Julian Schelb for the 2017 Cape Epic.

The German duo will be aboard the Silverback Sesta Superbike, and with unparalleled and focussed support from our bike partner, will ride under the team name, ‘Silverback OMX’ for the eight days of untamed African adventure that is Cape Epic.

The Sesta is tried, tested and proven at the Cape Epic, having been raced to a stage win and a third place in 2015, and numerous top tens in 2016.

 

Martin rode the Cape Epic for the first time last year and made quite an impression on the race, mixing it up with the big-name, experienced teams and finishing fifth on two stages. Martin says the Cape Epic was a highlight of his 2016 season and he is very much looking forward to taking on the challenge again in 2017, this time with some experience of what to expect and how to handle it.

“In the Cape Epic you have always ‘ups and downs’. You can suffer like hell already after 30 minutes of a 4.5 hour stage, but the page can turn from one moment to another. This was an experience I figured out last year and it will help Julian and me for this year. We did already so many kilometers of training and racing together and we are very good friends. I think the partnership at the Cape Epic will work out well! We know the strength and weaknesses of each other. This should help us in difficult situations. I am really looking forward to race with him!”

 

 

Along with Martin, Julian has been a member of the German National Team for many years, during which he won Silver at the 2013 U23 World Championships in Pietermaritzburg. He has also trained in Stellenbosch each winter for the last six years, so although Julian is new to Cape Epic, he is not new to suffering and success on South African soil!

“I have watched it live in 2015 and loved the atmosphere and the adventure paired with racing. Since then it has been a big goal for me to race this special MTB race”, says Schelb.

While riding for the Multivan Merida Team, Julian got some good advice:

“Näf and Hermida told me the most important thing for Cape Epic is to ride with a good friend, not only a strong rider. And I think this is true. To know each other well and seeing how the partner feels is a great advantage for us. We will fight together for the best position possible and help each other in difficult situations.”

 

Team Manager, Paul Beales, is really positive about what the 2017 Cape Epic can bring for the Silverback OMX pairing.

“The Cape Epic is a race where experience is invaluable, and I feel that after four years competing at the Cape Epic we have some good experience and a team that is capable of fighting for the top positions.  We will go in with a good race strategy and look to improve on the results from previous years”

 

Martin and Julian will kick off their Epic African adventure on 19th March in Meerendal Wine Estate, just north of Cape Town. You will be able to follow the race live with updates, videos and reports across our social media throughout the week.

Bring it on!

OMX’S NATIONAL CHAMPS FORM ‘HANSGROHE-CADENCE OMX’ FOR 2017 CAPE EPIC

TWO AWESOME CHAMPIONS, ONE EPIC RACE.

OMX’s two Elite female riders are pairing up to take on one of the biggest races in the World, the Cape Epic.

British National Champion, Annie Last, and South African National Champion, Mariske Strauss, will race eight days through South Africa’s stunning Western Cape in a bid for podium places, UCI points, and a strong foundation for the cross-country season.

Annie and Mariske will be backed by two fantastic title sponsors and will race under the team name, Hansgrohe-Cadence OMX.

Hansgrohe is a premium brand for bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and is a title sponsor of the Bora-Hansgrohe team of road race World Champion, Peter Sagan. They are also a major sponsor of the Cape Epic and have extended their commitment to the race to include supporting our Elite ladies team.

Cadence Nutrition has been OMX’s nutrition partner since the beginning of the 2016 season. We have worked closely with the brand over the past year and have developed a love and trust of their products. We are very happy that they will be a major sponsor of our Cape Epic race.

Head of Cadence Nutrition, Jeroen Swart, has been Mariske’s coach for six seasons and is a strong believer in OMX and our journey. He says,

“[Mariske] undoubtedly has the talent and ability to compete for stage wins and the overall title at the Cape Epic. If she finds the form she is capable of and paired with Annie, another supremely talented athlete, they might be the surprise package of the race.”

 

Of course our ladies also have the superb support of Silverback Bikes. Silverback are passionate about the Cape Epic and the Silverback Sesta Superbike was created and developed alongside OMX at this very race. It is the perfect bike for the job, and with the upgraded Sram Eagle drivetrain these bikes are set to shine! With Silverback we know we have a fully committed and dedicated team who will be pivotal to the success of Annie and Mariske’s race.

The 2017 Cape Epic starts in the beautiful Meerendal Wine Estate on the outskirts of Cape Town on 19th March. From there the race takes the riders over 691 kilometres and 15400 metres of vertical ascents before finishing up in Val di Vie on 26th March.

This will be Mariske’s third Cape Epic and she will look to her experience to help carry the team through the eight days of untamed African adventure. She knows it’s going to be painful, but being Mariske, she looks forward to that:

“The epic is such a well-organised, World-class event, and they always seem to top the previous year and finish it off treating everyone like kings. I can’t wait to share the experience with Annie and have a blast riding ourselves into a heap of hurt. The race fits in perfectly as the World Cup season only starts at the end of May; it will be perfect to push us to the next level and remind us how to suffer properly!”

Annie is a Cape Epic newbie but she certainly is not in the dark about the race.

“I have heard lots about the Cape Epic, about how great the stages are and how amazing the scenery is. Also I keep getting told how hard it is and how you can’t prepare yourself for it. I’m going in excited to get stuck in to my first Epic and to see what it’s like.” With regards to Mariske as her partner, Annie adds, “Mariske has so much energy and positivity. She has ridden the Cape Epic twice before and so has big experience and knowledge. As a local South African, she is also the designated wildlife handler incase of any encounters!”

 Safari scenarios aside, Annie and Mariske don’t have too much to worry about. They are both in fine form and training really well through the winter. Furthermore, they will be aboard the Cape Epic tried and tested Silverback Sesta Superbikes which have performed perfectly in the 2015 and 2016 editions.

We can’t wait to see what the Hansgrohe-Cadene OMX team can do. Watch this space!

 

Cape Epic 2017

The year is young but the plans are already well underway for another epic African adventure…

 

We are very excited to announce that once again OMX Pro Team will race eight days through South Africa’s Western Cape in the infamous Cape Epic.

 

It is a race that has captured our hearts and drawn us in, and after great success in 2015 and 2016 we are ready to push further and make an even bigger impact on one of the World’s biggest races in 2017.

Classic Cape Epic with choppers hovering above the golden, early morning dust.

One of the proudest moments of OMX…ever! Fabian Giger and Martin Gujan in the leader’s jerseys after winning the prologue in 2015.

Racing the Cape Epic puts you amongst the buzz of the World’s cycling media and in an atmosphere that is simply unparalleled: the early morning hype as the helicopters take off and the cameras roll and the next chapter of the race unfolds…

It is a real privilege to be a part of this race and the stories and memories that it creates.

 

This year the riders will cover 691 kilometres and 15400 metres of vertical ascent, starting in Meerendal on 19th March and finishing in Val di Vie on 26th March.

 

It will be, as ever, a battle of physical power and endurance, mental steel, preparation and dedication. It is an ultimate test of any athlete. We’ll make battle with our competitors, with the route, and with ourselves in a bid for glory.

It is brutal but it is beautiful, and that is why we return.

 

Much more will be revealed soon…

 

#CapeCrusaders

THE INTERVIEW! Martin Gluth

Great news: Martin Gluth continues his contract with OMX into 2017!

Over the last two years we have really seen Martin grow as a rider, and also as an athlete as a whole. Not only has he stepped up his results, but he has also settled really well into a team environment. He has become a central member of the team with a hard working and professional outlook, and a blooming British sense of humour!

As with any rider, Martin had a few disappointing races in 2016, but he was always immediately discovering the problems and striving to fix them. He is driven, but without driving anyone mad!

Seeing Martin really hit his stride towards the end of the season, with a number of podium places and even an HC victory, was a real pleasure and a high point for the team. We are sure he can go on to even better things this year and we are excited to watch his progress.

 


And now for…THE INTERVIEW!

 

What was your 2016 season highlight?

This is really hard to say. There were many great highlights this season. The Cape Epic was one of them. But also the first World Cup in Australia was special and my first Win in a HC category race at the end of the season!

 

– What was your toughest professional moment/period in 2016?

The toughest period this year began after the second World Cup in Albstadt. I was already sick at the start line and got even more sick the days afterwards. It was the worst time to struggle because the third World Cup was already one weekend later. No chance for any result and I missed the qualification for the World Champs. That was really hard to take. 

 

– What was the funniest OMX moment of 2016?

The indoor photo shoot at the official team photo shooting in London at the beginning of the season. 

 

– Who or what particularly inspired you last year?

Nino Schurter winning Gold at the Olympics! It was just the perfect story. I am inspired how he prepared his mind for that ONE day over 4 years after winning Bronze in Beijing and Silver in London.

 

– What is your big 2017 goal?

Top 15 in one of the World Cups and a medal at the German Champs.

 

– What does it mean to you professionally and personally to be part of OMX in 2017?

Since I have been racing it was always my dream to become a professional rider. It means a lot that I can live this dream together with OMX for another year! Personally I can say that I have built a really good relationship with every team member over the past two years in the team :)


What to know about more Martin? Of course you do! Click here to see his Rider Profile.

THE INTERVIEW! Mariske Strauss

The longest standing rider on OMX continues the journey together with us for another year.

It’s always a pleasure to have Mariske Strauss in the house!

Mariske brings dazzling enthusiasm and light-hearted fun wherever she goes. She’s always smiling and chatting and she often lives in her own little World, but beneath that exterior lies a fierce determination to succeed and an incredible ability to push her physical limits.

Mariske is the leading lady of African cross-country racing and she will look to continue that domination in 2017 whilst also striving to step it up again in Europe where we have seen sparks of excellence.


And now for…THE INTERVIEW!

– What was your 2016 season highlight?

I would have to say GRADUATING! Sport Science industry make way I’m coming in hot. :)  

– What was your toughest professional moment/period in 2016?
I’d probably have to say not being selected for either worlds or the Olympics due to silly politics. 
– What was the funniest OMX moment of 2016?
Mmmm how could I choose, probably Annie and myselfs “Cyprian Interviews” maybe I should rather stick to riding my bike and leave the interviewing to the professionals 😉 
– Who or what particularly inspired you last year?
Actually my amazing Cadence recovery drinks. The harder the sessions the yummier they seem to get!
– What is your big 2017 goal?
Well other than being down right awesome, I really want to make my mark on the World Cup series
– What does it mean to you professionally and personally to be part of OMX in 2017?
Support friendship and family. Thanks for the amazing past 4 years we had and cheers to making some great new memories. 

Want to find out more about Mariske? Click here to read her Rider Profile.

OMX Pro Team of 2017

As 2017 unfolds we are very happy to continue moving forward with a strong team of riders, staff and sponsors.

 

We are proud to be able to consolidate our team, maintain momentum and head into this new year with four very talented riders who have renewed their contracts with OMX Pro Team.

OMX Pro Team will be headed up by British National Champion, Annie Last, who is enjoying a brilliant winter of training and is looking forward to stepping up again in 2017 and showing her full potential. Alongside Annie in the Elite ranks will be Martin Gluth who had a stellar run of results late this year and is looking to carry the confidence and momentum through to bigger and better results in 2017. Also riding Elite in 2017 is South African Champion, Mariske Strauss, who will once again look to dominate in Africa and carry that success into the European World Cups. Finally, we have rising Under 23 star, Isla Short, who following an incredible return to form last year is aiming even higher in 2017.

 

We believe we have World Cup podium potential in this team, and many more successes besides in everything from the Cape Epic to top category European races.

 

As well as performances on the track, we also know we come together as a great team off the track. Over the last year this group of riders have formed strong bonds and created a supportive, fun and fruitful environment in which to operate. Together with the tight-knit support staff this creates a strong foundation for a great 2017.


 

We hope you will join the journey and support us each step of the way.

 

2017 Team

Riders:

Annie Last (GBR)

Martin Gluth (GER)

Mariske Strauss (RSA)

Isla Short (GBR)

 

Staff:

Paul Beales – Manager

Will Cooper – Manager

Danny Smith – Soigneur

Imogen Buick – Soigneur

Anna Buick – Media

Lee Westwood – Mechanic

Mark Henderson – Mechanic

Silverback and OMX Continue Together in 2017

We are very happy to announce that the team have signed another two year deal with Silverback Bikes.
 
We have achieved great things aboard Silverback bikes, and we are delighted that our strong partnership with them will continue into the future. Working together with a dedicated and passionate team at Silverback we have helped to develop a Superbike Concept range that we are always excited, confident and proud to ride. Alongside their World-class mountain bikes now runs an expanded line of Silverback bikes from awesome road racing machines to the beautiful, brand new Siablo cyclocross frame. We have all the bikes we need to race and train on any ground and in any condition.
The Silverback brand is progressive, innovative, young and ambitious; it resonates with us as a team. OMX has helped to bring international exposure to Silverback, and Silverback have been an integral part of making OMX a World-class team. We feel there is a lot more to come from this partnership and we very much look forward to our continued work together with this amazing bicycle brand.

THE INTERVIEW! Isla Short

Our young, Scottish super star is here to stay another year!

Isla had a traumatic 2015 with far too many broken bones and an untimely bout of illness. She bounced back in considerable style to have a terrific 2016 with the Elite British XC Series Title and top 20 World Cup results to her name. In 2017 she is set to steer a fine course on her upward trajectory towards the top!

It’s often easy to forget that Isla is just 20 years old. She’s had her fare share of low points, but she always emerges fighting harder. You can’t keep this girl down! Isla grew up a lot in 2016, both on and off the race course, and her sense of happiness and confidence showed in her performances which really highlighted her as one to watch in the coming years. Isla has a real spirit to go alongside her immense talent, and it makes her an exciting athlete to work with.

We can’t wait to see what this pocket rocket can do in 2017!


 


And now for…THE INTERVIEW!

 

-What was your 2016 season highlight?

Sprinting up the finish straight at Lenzerheide World Cup to take a career best of 11th place. The crowd slapping the barriers and shouting encouragement was such an incredible feeling! 

 

– What was your toughest professional moment/period in 2016?

My first race of the year, the first round of the British Series. I surprised myself by leading the race for two laps, but then I suffered a mechanical issue which lost me 8 minutes. It took me a while to get over that one as it was my first race back from injury and I had so wanted to get a good result.

 

– What was the funniest OMX moment of 2016?

Martin Gluth making an appearance in the Daily Mail for thinking he’d won the German Road Champs. Best thing ever.

 

– Who or what particularly inspired you last year?

Ensuring I had fun when I was training and racing inspired me to get through even when performance wasn’t going well. 

 

– What is your big 2017 goal?

My big aim this year is to qualify for the Commonwealth Games. I’ve got six chances in six months, which makes it slightly less intense than aiming for a single result. 

 

– What does it mean to you professionally and personally to be part of OMX in 2017?

In a professional respect, being part of OMX is mega. To be part of the friendliest, funnest team on the circuit makes racing, training and travelling such a delight. On a personal level, spending the most important events of the year with a bunch of people I’m so comfortable around and love to be in the company of is invaluable. It makes the intensity of racing a positive experience rather than a scary one.

 


THE INTERVIEW! Annie Last

We are delighted that Annie Last continues with OMX Pro Team in 2017.

Annie joined the team this time last year and immediately both parties felt settled and at ease; it was a perfect fit. Annie’s quick wit, relaxed demeanour and down-to-earth character make her a great team member to travel and live with. When it comes to work she is a consummate professional with a level of organisation, experience and dedication that sets her apart and sets a great example. She has been a cherished team mate from day one.

 

Unfortunately, illness played a leading role in Annie’s 2016 season and thus she was not able to achieve all that she had hoped for. However, through some testing times her focus and commitment never wavered; in true Annie style and terminology, she just cracked on!

 

The hard work was rewarded in the Mont-Sainte- Anne and Vallnord World Cups where Annie raced to very strong 17th place finishes, scoring OMX our best-ever Elite World Cup results. Annie also won a South Africa Cup, got a fine third place in America and got on an all-star podium in Switzerland. It was a pretty good run of results for any Elite rider, but Annie is looking for more, and we believe she is very much capable of bigger results.

 

This winter has seen Annie really able to pack in consistent training, the results of which are very promising. We are all really looking forward to another season with Annie and seeing her return to her best.

 


And now for…THE INTERVIEW!

 

-What was your 2016 season highlight?

It felt great to step onto an international podium with some of the best riders in the World at the Swiss Cup in Basel. 

 

– What was your toughest professional moment/period in 2016?

My preparation for the start of the season and the first part of the season I was ill. Getting over the frustration of not being able to train takes work. 

 

– What was the funniest OMX moment of 2016?

The lead up to this…

 

– Who or what particularly inspired you last year?

Ensuring I had fun when I was training and racing inspired me to get through even when performance wasn’t going well. 

 

– What is your big 2017 goal?

To go fast and step onto the podium!

 

– What does it mean to you professionally and personally to be part of OMX in 2017?

Who you share the journey with is one of the most important things. The hearts of OMX are 100% in the right place, I am very excited to build and move forwards with OMX this year. 

 


For more about Annie’s past successes, future goals and few of her favourites, check out her Rider Profile here.