Meet the Riders

Team Spur Pro Rider

Alan has built up his cycling career from BMX and Downhill racing to XCO, where he now focusses all his efforts. With local and global goals, Alan hopes to take his experience from World Cup races and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games to make him a man to watch. ‘Read more about Alan here

Alan Hatherly

Ariane Lüthi

Team Spur Pro Rider

Ariane is a Swiss cycling superstar living in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She is a former Swiss National Marathon Champ and Multiple Absa Cape Epic winner. Ariane is proud to be a role model for young women coming through the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League ranks.’Read more about Ariane here

Meet the Staff

JP Jacobs

Team Spur Technical Manager

JP is the technical genius behind the smooth running of Team Spur’s Specialized and SRAM equipment. A highly-qualified bike mechanic with the trust and respect of some of the greatest cyclists in the world. If JP doesn’t know how it works, it doesn’t work.

Tim Bassingthwaighte

Team Spur Assistant Manager and Soigneur

Tim is dedicated to Team Spur’s high performance goals and routinely goes beyond the call of duty to look after our riders. His passion for the sport of cycling means the teams’ needs are always sorted. He also likes his steak done rare.

Nic Lamond

Team Spur Owner/Manager

Nic is the driving force behind Team Spur and brings experience managing some of the world’s top professional athletes in triathlon and cycling. Nic has been involved in sports throughout his life ‘ as an amateur athlete, journalist, photographer, editor, brand manager and athlete agent.

About us

Team Spur

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.
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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.