DATE OF BIRTH
17 August 1999
Marathon / Stage Racing / Cross Country / Occasional Road Racing
Banhoek Conservancy, Stellenbosch
ABOUT ROSSOUW BEKKER
Back in the day I started cycling with my dad and as I got older, I actually started out pursuing triathlon pretty seriously. It wasn’t too long before I realized that I wasn’t too great at swimming or running for that matter, it was far more fun riding my bike. Since I realized this, I started focusing my energy on cycling more and more and thus far it’s been a amazing journey.
To date, my best result and proudest moment on the bike has to be winning the African Continental Champs in 2017 in Mauritius. This was my first international race and definitely one of my best days I’ve had on the bike. It’s a memory I’m very fond of.
My short term goals for my own cycling career would be to be selected to represent South Africa at the World Champs. As the founder of the Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team my goal would be to see the team continue to grow. I strongly believe that we have a good thing going with the brands we have chosen to partner with as they believe in our dream and our futures. Our longer term goals for the team would be to win the African jersey in the Absa Cape Epic along with other iconic South African stage races races such as Tankwa Trek and Wines to Whales.
Being in a team has been a childhood dream of mine, but later on that dream developed into starting my own team and managing it. After a year or so of planning and looking for the right opportunity, the moment arose and I grabbed it with both hands. I believe starting the Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team has created an amazing opportunity for the future talent of south Africa to receive the necessary support to chase their own dreams.
I see all the team members as my friends and we really do get along well. We are a like minded young group who enjoying learning from each other at every opportunity. Cycling can be quite a lonely sport as it requires endless hours of training and sacrifice, often to be done alone. Being a part of the team makes we have a mutual respect for each other as we know what it takes and having a team to share the positive and the negative moments with makes it a whole lot easier and ultimately enjoyable.
DATE OF BIRTH
24 December 1996
Marathon / Stage Racing / XCO
Garden Route Trail Park, Knysna
ABOUT MARC FOURIE
When I started high school, I decided to try something different and partake in a local cycling race. The feeling of pushing myself and being at my physical limit gave me an immense sense of satisfaction and I was hooked. It was something I hadn’t experienced before and there was a sense of independence and freedom that came with it.
From being a top 5 UCI World ranked rider as a junior, to an exciting 2nd place at African Champs as an u/23, it is hard to highlight a single achievement as my best cycling accomplishment. To be honest, the results that I am most proud of are from the races where I had to overcome difficulties and setbacks to ultimately build character on and off the bike. These are the personal achievements that I’m proud of which have shaped me into the cyclist I am today.
My short term goals are focused on podium positions at marathon events and shorter stage races such as Wines to Whales and the Great Zuurberg Trek. These are a priority in my long term goal of becoming one of the best teams in the country and they are the building blocks along the way to attaining this goal.
It was easy to see that the team and I share the same passion and enthusiasm in cycling and bikes. It’s this shared enthusiasm that drew me in. The Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team has offered me the opportunity to invest my own efforts and contribute my best qualities towards growing the team and the teams achievements whilst offering me support. It’s a great feeling working with dedicated athletes and being able to learn from each team member. The motivation set within the team environment contributes a great deal towards training and performance on race days.
DATE OF BIRTH
15 October 2000
Cross-country / Marathon / Road / Time-Trial
Karkloof, Howick & Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch
ABOUT TIFFANY KEEP
I started riding a bicycle when I was three years old, my dad was the one who inspired me to start cycling in the first place and continues to motivate and inspire me to this day.
My greatest cycling achievements thus far have been competing and representing South Africa at Cross-Country World Championships twice (2017 & 2018), as well as being selected twice to represent South Africa for Road World Championships (2017 & 2018).
My cycling goals for this year are to gain as much experience as possible while competing on the road and on the mountain bike, but I have a few long term goals for the future, which include competing at Olympics as well as winning World Championships.
The opportunity to ride for a team along with a group of other like-minded individuals for this season was an offer that I simply could not refuse. The support base and structure of the Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team is incredible, and was personally one of the best decisions I could have made in my cycling career thus far. I am really enjoying the experience and it’s been a lot of fun. All the team members get on well and I view the guys all as friends rather than just team mates. This happy, healthy environment is one which promotes growth and allows me to really strive to reach my full potential as a rider.
DATE OF BIRTH
22 March 2001
ABOUT JAMIE PENFOLD
Cycling with my dad is what got me into the sport and ultimately started my cycling career. He’s been my biggest supporter and always encouraging me to follow my dreams.
My proudest moment would have to be representing South Africa at the World Champs in 2018, there is just something about putting on your SA kit and racing against the best cyclists from around the world. Pitting yourself against international competitors really gets the adrenalin racing and leaves you with a new degree of respect for the amount of talent there is in cycling. It’s motivating and helps me focus on the rider I desire to be.
My short term goal is to make the South African Team for world champs again this year. My long term vision is representing South Africa at the Olympics.
I joined the Valley Electrical Titan Racing Team as I wanted to be a part of a team environment, there is just so much more support than racing on your own. The atmosphere in the team has been great, we all get along really well. The equipment that we use is top notch. I really enjoy being a part of the Cypher Project in the development phase of this new bike, being able to offer feedback from real-world testing. The support has been incredible and it’s made race days a lot easier as I can concentrate on the race itself and not all the other things that clog your mind before the start.