Darkhorse Wheels Pro Cycling was established in December 2018 by Shaun-Nick Bester in collaboration with Darkhorse Wheels CC and was launched the 1st of January 2019.
The mountain bike team was established with the sole purpose to grow and attract people, sponsors and partners to our beloved sport.
Since its launch, the team exceeded most expectations by tallying 44 victories in the 2019 season.
This newly formed professional mountain bike team quickly became the team to watch in the both nationally and internationally. Shaun-Nick contract the Canadian national marathon champions Alexandre Vialle to race alongside him in the Swiss Epic 2019 where they managed to obtain numerous top 15 stage finishes and 18th overall on the general classification. After this successful Swiss Epic Bester contracted Vialle again for the 2020 season to race all of the major stage races nationally in South Africa and a few international events. The ABSA Cape Epic was the main focus of the season and the pair were ready to show the world what they could do. Unfortunately COVID-19 hit the world and the Cape Epic was canceled as so for most other events for the remainder of the season. During the 2020 season the Darkhorse Wheels Pro Cycling team still managed to obtain some incredible results even with the Covid-19 virus disrupting most of the racing calendar and were able to generate a significant amount of publicity for the team’s partners and sponsors.
With the detrimental effect on the economy COVID-19 caused Darkhorse Wheels unfortunately could not continue it’s title sponsorship with Bester Performance’s professional mountain bike team at the end of 2020.
Instead of sitting back and giving up on the opportunity that Darkhorse has given the team and other stakeholders involved Bester saw the opportunity to merge all of the Bester Performance loyal sponsors and partners with an existing road cycling team called Alfa Bodyworks and add a mountain bike side to the team.
We strive to generate as much constructive publicity for our partners to give them a great return on investment. We also keep things interesting and focus on attracting and introducing more people the sport of mountain biking.
Alfa Bodyworks – Titan Racing – 2021 Riders
2021 Team results:
•1st King Price Trailseeker– Sondela
•1st Pursuit challenge– Legends MX
•1st Summer Fast One MTB marathon
•1st Winter Fast One MTB mararthon
•1st Greyt Escape MTB marathon
•2nd Pursuit challenge– Buffelsfrift
•2nd on GC– Tour du Cap road cycling stage race
•2nd King Price Trailseeke – Buffelsdrift
•3rd Gauteng provincial XCO cup 1
•3rd Paarl d’Ville Road classic
•3rd 947 Ride Joburg MTB marathon
•3rd Alzu Tour de Farm
•3rd Val de Vie Exspedition
•3rd WP road league– Slanghoek
•3rd Trans Elands 100 Miler
• + Many more
Team Darkhorse Wheels Pro Cycling – 2020 Riders
2020 Race results:
- 1st Overall – Pursuit Challenge Pro edition
- 1st Overall – Summer Fast One
- 1st Overall – Stage 1 Bridgestone Route 66
- 1st Overall – Stage 2 Bridgestone Route 66
- 2nd Overall – General classification Bridgestone Route 66
- 3rd Overall – Baberton Ultra marathon
- 3rd Overall – Sabie Ultra marathon
- 3rd Overall – Nissan Trailseeker Culinan
- 4th Overall – Race to the Sun
Team Darkhorse Wheels Pro Cycling – 2019 Riders
2019 Race results:
- 1st Overall – Joberg2C GC (Men’s team)
- 1st Overall – Joberg2C 9 out of 9 stages
- 1st Overall – Cape Pioneer Trek (Solo men’s category)
- 1st Overall – Magalies Gravel Express
- 1st Overall – Bridgestone Route 66 GC
- 1st Overall – Fedgroup Redhill Classic
- 1st Overall – Carnival City National MTB Marathon
- 1st Overall – Eurosteel Drak Descent
- + many more
Timo Cooper wins Summer Fast One MTB Marathon
Our rider Timo Cooper won his first race of the 2020 season in Johannesburg on the 12th January , providing a mental boost for himself and the team early in the season.
“I was surprised to see the level out there. Everyone was strong and wanted to make the race hard.”
“I rode my own race and stuck to the plan I set out before the start.” says Cooper
You can read the full article in : https://inthebunch.co.za/2020/01/summer-fast-one-victory-gives-timo-cooper-mental-boost/