Silverback Bikes (Germany, South Africa) – Silverback will be joining forces with Swedish automaker Volvo Cars in South Africa in partnership with a cycling team for 2018. Silverback and Volvo Cars are both global companies, with Silverback selling in over 52 countries and Volvo Cars in 90 countries worldwide.
These two award-winning brands aim to create an environment for athletes to grow as well as compete at the highest level within the sport of cycling. “Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and with Volvo’s strong focus on lifestyle and safety, this partnership is the perfect fit. We’re excited to be part of an initiative that gives young athletes the opportunity to compete in world-class cycling events.” - Greg.
Maruszewski, MD Volvo Car South Africa Team Silverback Volvo will consist of 5 men and 3 women, hailing from different regions within South Africa. You will be able to see team Silverback Volvo at most of the XCO and XCM events, with Momentum Health Tankwa Trek and ABSA Cape Epic being two key events to look out for in the coming months. Team Silverback Volvo is eager to support the younger generation and help them become the best they can possibly be.
The youngest up and coming team member is Luke Moir (15). Moir will be representing the team at majority of the XCO events, but also Enduro events like SA Champs showing off Silverback's new long travel bicycle 2018 SILVERBACK SLIDER LT.
Joining the team is Henry Liebenberg (19), silver medalist at African Champs u/23, and Matthew Keyser (19) XCO specialist also showing some good results in the longer races by taking 2nd overall at the 2017 Karoo to Coast. Coming from a two-year program in Portugal, where he rode for a continental road team, Shaun-Nick Bester (26) will mainly focus on the big stage races for the year, starting with the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek on the 9th February. By his side will be Jaco Pelser (22), who is back in South Africa after spending the 2017 season riding for a Spanish road team. Bester and Pelser will be racing the 2018 SESTA SBC, award-winning dual suspension bike at this event, and following the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek is the Globally recognized Absa Cape Epic.
Representing the ladies we are proud to have Yolande de Villiers, Frankie du Toit and Tiffany Keep on board. Du Toit and Keep are the current SA XCO champions in their respective age categories, u/23 and junior ladies. They will be competing in the up and coming SA MTB Cup Series XCO #1 event in Stellenbosch (junior world series) on the 3rd of Feb. Du Toit's race weapon of choice will be the 2018 SESTA SBC where Keep has chosen the SUPERSPEED SBC 2018.
Completing the team will be Yolande de Villiers, who needs no introduction to the mountain bike community. De Villiers started off the racing season with a solid 4th place at the Momentum Health Attakwas extreme on the 20th of January 2018. The next event for De Villiers will be at the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek on the 9th of February where she will be partnering with Silverback OMX rider Mariske Strauss.
De Villiers will be competing a great deal of the racing season on the race-winning 2018 SESTA SBC. Team Silverback Volvo will be powered by Silverback’s Superbike Technologies Group, which consist of a digital crew, a film crew, photographers, social media representitives and managers. Team Silverback Volvo will be managed by Silverback Sales Representative Marthinus Kruger. Three riders from the team will compete in the UCI World Cup on the 10th of March in Stellenbosch.