The Stellenbosch based Fairtree Racing Team has secured an impressive sponsorship deal with Cannondale. Going forward the team will be known as the Fairtree Cannondale Racing Team and each member will get to train and race on a state of the art Cannondale mountain bike.
“We are over the moon with this sponsorship, it hasn’t really sunk in yet,” says Chris Norton, Manager of the Fairtree Cannondale Racing Team. “Amongst all the doom and gloom our riders have kept it together and are doing incredibly well despite all the madness! We absolutely love the Cannondale brand and are extremely proud to now be known as the Fairtree Cannondale Racing Team. As part of the sponsorship each member of the team will receive a top end Cannondale Scalpel World Cup mountain bike. This really is an incredible partnership, for which we are truly thankful.”
Fairtree Cannondale Racing Team riders Sunny Xetu and Rasta Thuthu can’t wait to put their Canondale mountain bikes to the test at an event.
“I am very excited to be a Cannondale rider,” says Xetu. “I got to put my new bicycle to the test over the weekend and I absolutely love it. I can’t wait for our next event.”
“I didn’t think it was possible, but mountain biking definitely just became more fun,” says Thuthu. “Our Cannondale mountain bikes are stunning and we are proud to be able to represent the brand.”
“It’s a real privilege for us to be onboard as bike supplier to the team. It’s remarkable what Chris and Fairtree have achieved to date. It really is a wonderful initiative and we couldn’t be more excited to be involved with the team. We look forward to seeing the riders achieve great things” says Mark Nel, who is the National Marketing Manager of Omnico/Cannondale SA.
More about the Fairtree Cannondale Racing Team: Founded in 2008 the team currently has 13 riders (12 male and one female) between the ages of 22 – 30. The team has a mountain biking coach (Corrie Muller), a doctor (Pierre Viviers), a Bike Technician (Luan Smit) and a gym instructor (Gemma Haywood). The team trains most days and gym on Wednesdays. Dr Pierre looks after the medical needs of the riders at Stellenbosch University Health. Corrie puts out a weekly program that the guys follow, Luan is in charge of bike set up and Gemma is in charge of strength training and conditioning.
Next Up: The Fairtree Cannondale Racing Team will be seen in action at the 6th annual Fedhealth MTB Challenge that will take place at the scenic Blaauwklippen Wine Estate (Stellenbosch) on Sunday 12 September 2021.
For more information on the Fairtree Cannondale Racing Team please contact Chris Norton via