In 2016 I competed in numerous high level events both nationally and internationally thanks to the unwavering support of Garmin. Being able to travel and compete in these events all across our beautiful South Africa, raw Iceland, historic Europe and tropical Mauritius was rewarding on both a professional and a personal level.
[The gift of travel is that the experience gains value with time shaping one’s perspective with each passing day.]
Adding some spice to an unforgettable 2016 was being able to race alongside another Garmin Brand Ambassador and sharing these experiences with someone likeminded.
This ‘Team Garmin’ initiative was instigated when Walter Mech, Garmin MD for Sub-Saharan Africa had the vision of a mixed team representing Garmin at mountain bike events. I have been with Garmin since 2014 so all that was missing was a male partner to complete the mixed duo. Fortunately my partner in life happens to be a pretty handy mountain biker and with the blessing of his sponsors we competed as Team Garmin at 5 stage races in 2016. Being partners in life and cycling partners are two different things and we were obviously cautious of how this new dynamic would influence our lives both professionally and personally.
Needless to say, Walter’s idea was a success and the Garmin Mixed Team dynamic of myself and Ben Melt Swanepoel turned out to be one that flourished. We make a great team on and off the bike which is evident looking at our results in 2016.
Building on our success from last year Ben Melt and I will officially form Team Garmin in 2017 with increased support from Garmin and an extended race program. To add to this exciting news we’ll be focusing on mountain bike stage racing and other Garmin cycling related events throughout Africa.
Garmin’s Sub-Saharan footprint includes 25 countries beyond the borders of South Africa. In light of Africa’s rapidly expanding fitness industry it only makes sense for us to compete in South Africa and Garmin’s other African markets where events exist.
In addition to the races in South Africa we as Team Garmin are currently scheduled to compete at African events such as the Namib Quest (Namibia), the FNB 1-Zambia (Zambia), the Rift Valley Odyssey (Kenya), the Kalahari Challenge (Botswana) and the Southern Tropical Challenge in Mauritius.
Join us and share in our exciting African adventures by following our facebook page – https://web.facebook.com/TeamGarminMTB/
We look forward to another bumper year in Garmin colours filled with experiences way beyond the ordinary making it a challenge to #BeatYesterday!