After the season is before the season

After the season is before the season

2016 was a very successful year for the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team and with her European Champion title, it might be even the most successful one for Sally Bigham. Nevertheless we want to look ahead and get tuned in to the most important highlights of the upcoming season 2017 ...

European Champion, twice runner-up to the World Champion, bronze in both World Championship and European Championship as well as Leadville winner, Transalp winner and bronze at Cape Epic are only a few titles that the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team has accomplished. All in all, well over 30 podium positions can be recorded at the end-of-season.

The main protagonist of this impressive success record is once again the 38-year old Brit, Sally Bigham, who impressed with her world-class performances throughout the season not only her fans, but also her female competitors and even frequently exasperated the latter.

Of course it is nice if as a team you can look back on great annual results in this highly competitive sport, however, we must quickly check off the old year as the new season is knocking on our doors. The new goals don’t leave room to wallow in nostalgia, but only for full throttle ahead.

Preparations run at full strength, which is why the entire men’s elite of the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team is already meeting February 10th at the three-day Tankwa Trek which will run until February 12th in the South African district of Cape Winelands. Not only a yardstick in terms of personal fitness after the long winter break, but almost more importantly a first test on material and setup of Canyon’s “Lux CF”. We want to thank all other sponsors at this point – DT Swiss, Maxxis, Sram, Limar, Rock Shox, Crankbrothers, SRM, Topeak and Ergon – which are supporting us this year.

This is especially important in regards to the first big highlight of 2017, the Absa Cape Epic on March 19th, which will take place almost 5 weeks later in South Africa as well. The Tankwa Trek is greatly suited to prepare for the greatest MTB race in the world, due to the similarity of the conditions and geographic location.

In addition, Alban Lakata, double world champion, leers with Argus eyes at this major event. He surely has won everything what’s possible, but only the eight-day stage race through the untamed wilderness of South Africa could not yet be conquered. However, this is about to change, and for the sake of preparation he will also start at the Andalucia Bikerace in Spanish Cordoba. Sally Bigham will also compete at the six-day stage race from February 26th to March 3rd in Andalusia.

What else is going on – here is a small overview with the most important events:

  • Absa Cape Epic, South Africa, March 19th to 26th
  • UCI Marathon-WM, Singen, June 26th, 2017
  • Bike Transalp, July 16th to 22nd
  • UEC Marathon-EM, Svit, Slovakia, August 13th, 2017

Photos: Sportograf, Tino Pohlmann, Jelizaveta Iljina