Five talented South African riders, Jamie Ball, Owen Hannie, Jeffrey Howes, Adrian Maaske and Rory Spong will combine in a determined effort to become South Africa’s top cycling team in 2005. This lineup will be competing for the title of "Best South African team" alongside the likes of Microsoft, Exel and Tuks and in the absence of Barloworld and Minolta, who will be leaving South African shores to compete on the European front.
The team have managed to secure the following co-sponsors to the team for Bikes, shoes and accessories: Specialized, PERC, Selev, Crank Brothers, Fizik and McCarthy Pre-Owned Randburg, but is still in search of a title sponsor. The Leverage Corporation has been appointed to help procure sponsorship funds for the team. At this stage, in the absence of a title sponsor, the lineup has been named "Team Sponsor Needed".
Ball and Hannie are former SA U23 champions. Hannie, prominent in development cycling, is the only black rider to represent South Africa in the sport, and will be out to prove his worth. Howes is a real fighter, as he proved as member of the HSBC lineup. Spong, back from a successful two-year learning stint with Trade 3 Team Hormann in Switzerland, will be eager to show off his skills on home soil. Maaske is a former member of the Minolta outfit, while Ball is already a sprinter of note.
Contact Details: Kandice Buys or Rob Jackson at The Leverage Corporation on (011) 705 1978.