Friday marked the official sponsorship celebrations for 2017’s Bestmed-ASG cycling squad at the Bestmed headquarters in Pretoria East. It was smiles all round as manager Owen Botha announced that Rudy Project and HIGH5 Nutrition, key brands in the ASG Sport Solutions offering, would once again be backing the team.
Team Bestmed-ASG is a progressive South African women’s cycling team. Established in 2013, the team’s core focus is on developing promising young local talent with a future eye on the international stage. It also promotes the values of a healthy active lifestyle, which are shared by like-minded title sponsor Bestmed Medical Scheme.
The riders represent all racing categories – from U16 to veteran – and aim to be competitive across the track, mountain biking and road cycling disciplines. A proud new addition to the team this year is Olympian An-Li Kacheloffer. “An-Li will bring a wealth of knowledge to the team which bodes well for the younger riders. There is massive respect for her in the cycling community. She has a fantastic work ethic and I’m sure that will rub off on the team as they train and ride with her on a daily basis,” Owen commented.
Another exciting new member is talented Zimbabwean cyclist Skye Davidson, who’s made quite a name for herself on the continental stage after powering to victory at the 2015 African Mountain Bike Continental Championships. She can also boast at having had the honour of being a cyclist at the UCI CMC World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland, and doesn’t seem to be in any danger of slowing down on her path to success anytime soon.
Zanele Tshoko, currently struggling with a broken arm sustained during training, will also be joining the team this year. She too boasts an impressive array of achievements, most notably, being chosen to represent South Africa at the 2015 African Games in the Congo after a series of strong performances locally. She formed part of the women’s team time trial, which eventually took home a stellar second place.
The team received gear to power their performance from Rudy Project, one of the world’s leading sports and eyewear brands which, for more than 30 years, has been committed to quality, technology and innovation in the sporting sector.
For protection of their eyes, each cyclist received a pair of Tralyx Impact X eyewear. Literally meaning ‘scultped by the wind’, it features technologically-advanced optical solutions such as the PowerFlow heat dissipation system to prevent fogging, unobstructed wide peripheral field of vision and, of course, Rudy Project’s legendary Impact X technology – lenses are guaranteed unbreakable for life and have unparalleled photochromic transmission. The ability to customize the glasses with replaceable tips, nosepieces, lenses and temple kits is another plus.
The only rival to Rudy Project eyewear is their helmets. Team Bestmed-ASG received the Windmax – one of Rudy Project’s top of the line offerings. The core focus of their helmet sector is safety. While they also provide unsurpassed comfort and performance, they are primarily scientifically engineered for protection, with the mission of saving lives.
For casual wear, cyclists received a Spinhawk Slim in Black Gloss, a stylish, classic design imbued with the same sporty appeal as the high-performing sports range.
On the nutrition front, the team will be fueled for optimal performance with a full range of HIGH5. Combining a practical no-nonsense approach, rigorous testing by scientists in the lab and feedback from world-class athletes competing in the world’s toughest events guarantees that they can rely on HIGH5 products to optimise athletic performance. Most importantly, HIGH5 focuses on natural, clean ingredients, with most of their product offering containing no artificial preservatives, colourants or flavourants, and many are gluten-free.
ASG Sport Solutions is proud to support women’s cycling in South Africa, and the Bestmed-ASG team.
The 2017 Bestmed-ASG team consists of:
Chante van der Merwe
Team Manager – Owen Botha
Sporting Director Road – Steven Sergeant
Sporting Director Track – Peter Lambert
Assistant Sports Director – Linda Warren