Our newly Silverback Brand Ambassador, Chantelle Bosch recently received her brand new Stratos SBC.
Soon after the 2019 Cape Epic, Chantelle decided to start her Cape Epic Journey, “I was told that if I wanted to ride the Epic, I’d need a suitable bike (shock-horror!) My 27.5″ trail bike wasn’t necessarily going to cut it. So I started trialing out a couple of 29″ XC Bikes,” she said.
Her local bike mechanic suggested she takes a Silverback bike out for a ride, “I was dead set against it. I was adamant that I wouldn’t ride a Silverback, but without trying to convince me any further, my local dealer arranged a demo bike from Silverback. My exact words were: “Well I guess the least I could do is try it out seeing as though my cycling hero rides a Silverback,” she adds.
He then asked her who that was, and she said, “Jennie Stenerhag of course”. He said, Chantélle, it’s Jennie’s bike that you’re going to trial.” She was dumbstruck and super excited to get her hands on a pro athlete’s bike.
The Swedish superstar was a winner of the most grueling mountain bike stage race in 2017 and does about 50 race days a year.
Exactly two days later she was riding Jennie’s Silverback SESTA SBC bicycle, “I was instantly in love – not sure whether it was because of her or because of the bike or the fact that I was making a massive jump from a 27.5″ bike with a 2×11 drivetrain group set to a 29″ with a 1×12 drivetrain groupset with all the bells and whistles! Such a massive difference,” she said excitedly.
After being impressed with her new wheels, she rode a 2-day MTB stage race. At the same time, she met Joanna Dobinson, who eats and breathes mountain biking & invited her for some additional training. She also knew Jennie Stenerhag very well.
Weeks later Chantelle went for a training session and her new mountain bike skills coach insisted on going for a coffee that morning.
“The next moment, I was speechless – out walks Jennie Stenerhag! I got to meet my cycling hero!! I was like a complete groupie and stumbled over my words! She must still think I’m a lunatic! But I am forever grateful to Jo for setting up such an amazing surprise! And of course, to Jennie for being so humble, friendly and taking the time to meet me,” she said excitedly.
The Silverback Way
Now Chantelle has joined Jennie Stenerhags coaching classes and is a proud owner of two Silverback Flagship bicycles.
She has now joined Silverback Pilot Program and upgraded to the Silverback Stratos SBC.
“This elevated my motivation to new levels and I now know that I’m on the right track to taking on the mammoth challenge that is Cape Epic 2020”