Silverback announces teams for the UCI World Cup Series and the ABSA Cape Epic


The Silverback OMX Pro Team is proud to announce our 2018 team. Our sponsors and support staff that will be competing at the Absa Cape Epic. The biggest full – service mountain bike stage race in the world.

This big step forward for Silverback-Volvo as the team will be competing in the Absa Cape Epic as support riders for Gluth and Rapael.

With many years in the game, 26-years old Shaun-Nick Bester & 23-year old Jaco Pelser, are honored to offer support. Both men started riding in their teens and has just returned from riding for international road cycling teams abroad.

Photo: Shann-Nick Bester & Jaco Pelser at the harsh 2018 Tankwa Trek Race #SilverbackVolvo


Riders will race a total of 658km with 13 530m ascend; this includes four consecutive days of over 100km. The final stage is far from easy. Stage 5 has been remodeled to be different, as opposed to previous years.

As South Africa and the international circuit prepares for the opening leg of the 2018 UCI World Cup in Stellenbosch on March 10. Our OMX riders are already in training mode for the World Cup, leading into the Cape-Epic.

The UCI World Cup being held in Stellenbosch for the first time this year. It is a world-class setting for world-class athletes, with the added bonus of South Africa’s landscapes, mountains and agricultural setting.

Silverback OMX Pro Team Gluth, Gagne, Clacherty & Strauss, will be participating in the UCI World Cup XCO event.

The seven-event series is the annual pinnacle of international cross-country racing. With the world’s best elite and under-23 riders competing on 5-7 laps of an intense, testing 4.5km course.

Gagne, a rider from Canada, and new member to the Silverback OMX family. He represented his country at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and also won the 2015 Pan-American Games and National Championships. Gagne also achieved a top ten World Cup result and placed seventh at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. “I am planning to race all the World Cups in 2018 and my goal is to be in the top 15,”he adds.


Frazer Clacherty, Junior National Champion is working his way up through the Under 23 ranks; he achieved a new record, 7th at the European Championships and 10th at the World Championships in 2015. Moreover, Last year saw him record a career-best 6th place at the Albstadt World Cup. He also retain his Under 23 National Champion’s jersey.

Mariske Strauss from Silverback OMX Pro Team will be partnering up with British professional rider, Annie Last, who forms Silverback-BH. They finished in second place at last year’s ABSA Cape Epic. Furthermore, there is no doubt that this dynamic duo will be worth keeping an eye on. Strauss will also be taking part in the 2018 UCI World Cup.

Lastly, this will be Gluth’s fourth year with the OMX PRO Team, “I am really happy to have another year on Silverback Bikes and I can’t wait to check out the tracks with my new team mates,” says Martin.

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We are pleased to be partnered with the amazing: Volvo Car SA, Squirt Lube and best4Sports, Uvex and Vye, for these challenging events our teams will be partaking.

Be on the lookout for Team Silverback at the UCI World Cup in Stellenbosch and the ABSA Cape Epic wearing our #BornToBeFast T-Shirts.

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