Members of the HEAD Pro and Ciclo teams from Europe are using the South African summer to get into shape for the upcoming continental season.
HEAD Bikes entered the South African market late last year and this has encouraged them to use Stellenbosch in the Western Cape as a training base for their professional outfits.
European marketing manager Adam Glosowic said it was an opportunity to get in a decent block of training, while Europe was experiencing its normal cold winter.
“There are many trails and training opportunities near Stellenbosch, so what could be better for our winter programme?” he said.
This year’s HEAD Pro team comprises Barbora Prudkova, Joel Roth, Nick Baumann and Eric Lüthi, the last three of whom are currently training in Stellenbosch.
Prudkova will join them in the last week of February and begin her training in March.
Roth and Prudkova will compete in the cross-country leg of the UCI World Mountain Bike Cup, which will be held on the outskirts of Stellenbosch on March 10.
The second outfit, HEAD Ciclo XC Team, will also compete in next month’s World Cup event. They will be represented by Cherie Redecker, Nina Benz and Silas Graf.
HEAD Bikes SA were set up last year to distribute the brand in the country.
The company have already made an impact in South Africa by linking up with the Demacon Women’s Cycling Team, for whom former national champion Lynette Burger won the Fast One road race in Meyerton last month.
For 2018, HEAD Bikes SA offer a limited range of road and mountain bikes to South African cycling enthusiasts, retailing their products online only.