Team Spur is a South African-based professional mountain bike team, sponsored by Spur Steak Ranches. The team consists of multiple Absa Cape Epic winner Ariane Lüthi and 2016 Olympian, Alan Hatherly. The team is managed by Nic Lamond and Podium Sports. The team is supported by two full-time staff: JP Jacobs, Technical Manager and Tim Bassingthwaighte, Assistant Team Manager.
Team Spur will pursue a local and international race calendar that includes the Absa Cape Epic as well as the UCI World Cup Series in 2017. Both athletes will compete to earn national selection from their respective federations at the UCI World Championships in June and July.
The Spur sponsorship deal also sees the world-class duo become ambassadors for Spur’s highly successful Schools Mountain Bike League. Throughout 2017 they will engage directly with the future mountain biking stars of South Africa at grassroots events and hopefully inspire the next generation of cycling superstars.
Team Spur is privileged to have the support of world-class businesses: Spur Steak Ranches, Specialized Bicycles, Cuore, RSAWEB, Squirt Lubrication, Unior Bike tools, Rotor, Oakley, SRAM Components, Sun International, Thule and Hollard.
Spur High School Mountain Bike League
In 2016 over 10 000 scholars from more than 400 schools took part in cross-country races around the country as part of the League. Over the past seven years Spur has built a truly impressive cycling event property from the ground up. The Spur High School Mountain Bike League is the biggest high school cycling program in the world. At the league final, held in the Magaliesberg in October 2015, 400 scholars were invited to race. Scholars from all over South Africa, as well as Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia, took to the start line to determine age-group champions among boys and girls from 8 to 18 years old.
In 2016 Spur Steak Ranches announced an additional incentive for school teams participating in the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League. Every school team that wins its age category at the league final ‘ by amassing the most points ‘ in both the boys and girls races will receive a R10,000 contribution from Spur. Spur hopes to foster healthy competition between riders and schools with this generous incentive and promote teamwork and increase participation in the league across all skill levels and abilities.
Spur Steak Ranches
Since 1967, when founder and executive chairman, Allen Ambor, opened the Golden Spur in Newlands, Cape Town, Spur Steak Ranches have been part of the South African family. In the years since then, Spur has helped create countless special memories and earned a reputation for tasty, nutritious, value-for-money meals. Spur Steak Ranches is an internationally recognised brand with over 237 local and 28 international restaurants.