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Garmin Announces - Team Garmin MTB 2017

Garmin Southern Africa are proud to announce that they have signed Team Garmin MTB, professional mountain bikers, Yolandi du Toit and Ben Melt Swanepoel, for the second consecutive year. This partnership further entrenches Garmin’s commitment to this sport and demonstrates Garmin’s strong and growing position in the cycling market.

Team Garmin MTB
Yolandi du Toit & Ben Melt Swanepoel

Yolandi du Toit has been with Garmin since 2014, she and her partner, Ben Melt Swanepoel, teamed up as stage race partners for the first time for the 2015 TransAlp stage race in Europe. After successfully completing 5 stage races in 2016, of which 4 were podium placements, Garmin realised the potential in partnering the two to form Team Garmin MTB, whom have proved to be a formidable pair.

“We are excited to have Yolandi and Melt representing our brand. They are highly accomplished in their individual pursuits and as a team they excel both on and off the trails. Garmin is at the forefront of cycling technology and has a long history of creating innovative cycling products. Team Garmin will be using our full Connected Bike set of products to further enhance their training and racing. The Connected Bike range is comprised of a complete ecosystem of useful, purpose-built devices for cyclists. The Varia range, with radar technology, helps cyclists stay safer on the roads. The traditional GPS cycling computer captures data and paired with a set of vector pedals enhances the cyclist’s training, competing and riding experience,” said Walter Mech, CEO of Garmin Sub Saharan Africa.

Team Garmin MTB will be competing in multiple national cycling events, most notable of these is the Cape Town Cycle Tour, of which Garmin is the Official Technical Training Partner.

To strengthen Garmin’s expansion into Africa, Team Garmin MTB will embark on the Africa Series to represent Garmin in multiple MTB stage races across the African continent. Team Garmin MTB will be venturing off the beaten track across savannahs littered with wildlife, redefining what mountain biking is all about.

“At Garmin we are committed to taking a holistic approach to our business, focusing both on growing our presence in different countries and supporting local sporting events to showcase our latest products. This is achieved through collaboration with our local resellers present in the different countries we have a presence in,“ continued Walter Mech, CEO of Garmin Sub Saharan Africa.

The 1-Zambia will be tackled by Team Garmin over the period of June 3 – 5 in which they will navigate through more than 230kms of scenic terrain. Thereafter, Team Garmin will head south to compete in the Kalahari Challenge. This race will start and finish south of the capital city of Botswana, Gabarone. The race consists of singletrack through the bushveld and technical uphills weaving through the Kalahari mountains.

September will see Team Garmin venturing up to Kenya for the Kenya Rift Valley Odyssey which will take place from 26 – 30 September.

In November, Team Garmin will pack their bicycles, beach towels and a few litres of sunblock and venture over the Indian Ocean to Mauritius. Here they will compete in the Southern Tropical Challenge, a 4 day stage race through the beautiful trails on the majestic island. This will be followed by some much deserved downtime on the tranquil beaches.

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Garmin looks forward to continuing this positive partnership with Team Garmin, and wish them all the best in the upcoming stage races.

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