The newest and most exciting team to hit South African mountain biking, Team Altech Autopage Professional Cycling, is a coalition formed between professional riders Hanco Kachelhoffer and Chris Wolhuter.
The pairing have recently completed their first race together, the Old Mutual Joberg2c and along with two stage podiums, they managed to finish in 4th place overall. Through the remainder of the year the team will be targeting the major one day and stage mountain bike marathons across South Africa. This will include races in the MTN national Marathon Series, SA National Marathon Championships, UCI World Marathon Championships, Altech Autopage Jozi2Kozi and the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek.
With Kachelhoffer coming from a successful professional career spanning ten years in which he has ridden for most of the major professional road teams in the country and Wolhuter coming from a mountain biking background the duo will have a wealth of experience to draw on. More recently, Kachelhoffer has converted to mountain biking in the last year, whilst Wolhuter spent the last season racing for a team on the road in the USA, a reversal of roles if you will. Their backgrounds and experience should complement each other well, as they look to grow into one of the top professional mountain bike teams in the country.
The team will enjoy the backing of Altech Autopage as the headline sponsor, thanks to the passion from directors Thinus Dippenaar and Boyd Chislett. “We as Autopage are excited to be associated with two riders of the calibre of Hanco and Chris. We look forward to seeing some great results from these two talented cyclists under the Altech Autopage brand.” The teams co-sponsors include: Ingram Micro, NFB, Courier It. Equipment and nutrition will be supplied by: Rudy Project, Sludge Tyre Sealant, Squirt Lube, Continental Tyres, Hi5 Nutrition, Nike Vision and ASS MAGIC Chamois Cream.
Keep an eye out on the racing scene to see Hanco and Chris in action in a race near you soon. The team can be followed through their Facebook account here.