XCO is the only Olympic-standard MTBing discipline. South Africa is also represented at the very top echelons of this sport in the UCI World XCO and DHI Championships and World Cup events by very talented racers that honed their skills in South Africa’s CSA Super Series XCO and DH Championship rounds. The latest competitor to sign on to this National Series is Marco Joubert, a 15 year-old cycling star from Port Elizabeth.

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Marco Joubert, a 15 year-old cycling star from Port Elizabeth

Marco Joubert is no stranger to the winners’ podium in the Eastern Cape, outpacing his older and more experienced rivals in numerous events already in 2012. His father, Charl, a fierce XCO racer himself, has turned his focus to nurture the passion and talent of his son. They follow the CSA training guidelines for young cyclists and understand the importance of nurturing talent correctly. Momsen Bikes, under the umbrella of Two Wheels Trading, has supported the youngster during 2011 and in the first half of his 2012 National Championship endeavours in the highly competitive Youth category, and as his racing and progress has gained in strength and speed, Two Wheels Trading and Momsen Bikes have progressively stepped up their support of the rider in steps to match his confidence in a long-term and structured programme.

Two Wheels Trading and Momsen Bikes are proud to announce that Marco Joubert will represent the two brands as a full factory team rider going forward. Marco will be racing on board the flagship SL929 for the remaining rounds of the CSA Super Series XCO events and will be stepping up his commitment to other national events for Momsen Bikes and the related brands in the Two Wheels Trading stable. Marco will continue to contest the Youth age group, and with his new 29er race weapon he will be even closer to claiming his debut win at National XCO level.

“Talent like this does not come along that often and having been involved in Eastern Cape MTB circles since the late 80’s it is great to see a youth rider , from our province, at this level and with the potential to go right to the top of the sport. Personally I have a keen interest in supporting up-and-coming riders in Southern Africa, not only for the brand but also for the good of the sport. South Africa has the depth of talent to take on the world’s best, and beat them, it is up to us to do what we can to make sure they get the support and nurturing that is on par with some of their European and American competitors “.

- Victor Momsen