New Africa Developments’ owner, Japie Van Niekerk’s, passion for cycling and friendship with the Bells Cycling store sparked an interest that resulted in the creation of a new cycling team.

NAD pioneers ground-breaking retail property developments in South Africa. Perserverence, determination and the will to succeed is the only way to be succesful. The same could be said for MTB racing where each corner holds a different challenge and potenial outcome. Success comes through relentless preperation and the will to win. NAD associates with this challenging sport and that is the reason for getting involved. NAD aligns itself with the best in the business and we believe this to be true in our partnership with Nico and Gawie. We look forward to a very successful 2016. Japie Van Niekerk

The pairing of Bell and Combrinck comes as no surprise. They have been training together for the last 5 years and have raced together on MTB teams in the past.

After a very successful 2015 season, Bell will once again focus on the Asburton National Marathon series and ultra Marathon races.

Together the team will focus on key stage races - Sani2C, Cape Pioneer Trek and Wines 2 Whales to name a few.

I am very excited to race with my long time friend on a team. It is a huge opportunity for us to showcase our talent and stake our claim in the stage racing scene in South Africa. One of my big goals for 2016 is to achieve a top 20 in the Marathon World Championships. Nico Bell

As well as being Bell’s team mate, defending SA Marathon Champion, Gawie Combrinck, will also be one of Bell’s main rivals in 2016. Each rider has strengths and weaknesses, but together they look set to form a formidable team. Gawie will focus on the Ashburton National Marathon Series and major stage races.

Teaming up with Nico for 2016 brings new challenges and goals. One of my goals is to win the African Jersey at the Absa Cape Epic and finish in the top 5 overall Gawie Combrinck


The Team will kick off their 2016 campaign with some local road races in Mpumalanga, before turning their attention to the National MTB Series.

NAD Pro MTB Team will be riding Specialized Bicycles. Key partners include Westvaal, Oakley, Neolife, Bells Cycling and Xtreme Exposure.