The global lubricants, oils and additives brand came on board as the local stars’ official technical and product sponsor and they are making royal use of its range of bike products.
“It’s great to see gutsy female athletes who are fantastic ambassadors for a sport we’re so passionate about,” says Liqui Moly director Melicia Labuschagne.
“They inspire us, we believe in them and we’re excited to welcome them to the Liqui Moly family. I can’t wait to see what they’re going to achieve next and I know our bike range will really add value.”
Mother, coach, orthopaedic sports therapist, spinning instructor, mountain biker and IT specialist Theresa Ralph has quite a few balls in the air, but her competitive streak drives her to juggle it with style.
“I’ve got a competitive nature and it’s rewarded me in my cycling. I suppose the lesson is to follow your passion and it will take you to places where you’re successful.”
At 26, Hill has shot up the ranks as she shreds the trails on the local racing circuit and, together, the two are proving to be a powerful combo.
Cape Epic African jersey
Besides winning the African jersey in the women’s section of the Cape Epic last year, they also won titles at the Trans Baviaans, joberg2c and Cape Pioneer Trek. And, when they’re racing solo, they always gun for a dual podium.
“The dynamic between Theresa and I is very interesting,” says Hill. “I’m technically sound so downhills are my thing – while she is the engine that goes and goes.
“Whether I’m crying or exploding ahead of her, we have to always keep a balance and that is what took us to the leader’s jersey at the Cape Epic. We’re looking forward to defending our jersey and we’re coming back stronger than ever.
“I’ve now got more of an engine, thanks to Liqui Moly,” she quipped, while Ralph added, “I can’t believe how smooth my bike sounds and feels. You can literally hear it in the chain as you apply the lubricant.
“We are very grateful to have had the backing that we have had up to this point from our sponsors who have put absolutely everything we have asked for and more into helping us be 100 per cent prepared for events.”
Objectives in 2020
With the Cape Epic unfortunately cancelled, their major objectives are sani2C in December and, hopefully, the Swiss Epic in August.
They will also line up at the SA MTB National Championships in May, where they will attempt to qualify for the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships, which takes place in Turkey in October.
Their programme includes the following races: Trans Baviaans, Trailseeker Series, Cradle Traverse, Cape Pioneer Trek, Dirty Kanza (United States), Berg and Bush, 3 Towers (TBC), Storms River Traverse (TBC), 947 Ride Joburg (road and MTB) and Wines2Whales.
WIN with Liqui Moly
Head to @LiquiMolyZA on Facebook and add your message of support for Ralph and Hill as they blaze a trail for women in cycling.
Tag a keen cyclist and share using the #liquimolypassion hashtag and you could win one of four Bike Care Kit specials including custom gear worth R1 294.
Note: Bike Care Kit includes wet and dry chain lube, bike cleaner, chain cleaner and spray, tyre fix, multi-purpose penetrating oil and spray as well as gloss wax spray. Gear consists of a limited-edition bike t-shirt and multi-purpose buff.
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This article is published in partnership with Liqui Moly.