After a successful 2015 season which culminated in a stage win at the Cape Pioneer Trek, versatile Cape Town-based cyclist Chris Wolhuter has partnered with Imbuko Wines and Freewheel Cycology to form a new professional team.
Wolhuter, who last year won the inaugural Liberty Winelands MTB Encounter and placed second at the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek, will compete in a number of the major mountain bike stage races and single-day classics across the country in the colours of the Imbuko Wines-Freewheel Cycology Pro Cycling Team.
He will also target the Ashburton National MTB Series and other select mountain bike and road events.
Craig Boyes will partner Wolhuter in the stage races during the early part of the season. These include the Garden Route 300 towards the end of February in their build-up to the Absa Cape Epic in March.
While it will be the first time that Boyes and Wolhuter will team up, they have raced against each other for a number of years across the Western Cape and know each other well.
Last year was arguably Wolhuter’s most successful and after logging in some solid training through the off-season, he said he was looking forward to building on his results in 2016.
He will start his season this weekend at the first round of the Ashburton series at Meerendal in Cape Town, followed by both the road and mountain bike races at The Herald VW Cycle Tour in Port Elizabeth next weekend. Boyes will represent the team at the Western Cape Championships this weekend.
Imbuko Wines are based in Wellington and are well-known for labels such as Du Pleavuax, Van Zijl, Imbuko, Pomula and Shortwood. Freewheel Cycology, who will provide the team with equipment, is a Specialized concept store in Kenilworth.
Joining the team as supporting sponsors are: PowerBar Nutrition, RH77 Cycling Wear, Ass Magic Chamois Cream, Continental Tyres, Nike Vision, pOcpac, Squirt Lube and Sludge Sealant.