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11 Feb 2012


We are pleased to welcome on-board a new supporting sponsor to the 36ONE-SONGO-SPECIALIZED team in addition to our headline sponsor 36ONE Asset Management.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE announces partnership with Velocity Sports Lab

Hout Bay, Western Cape (10 February 2012) – With just 43 days to go till the world’s best mountain

bikers line up at the start of the Absa Cape Epic, Velocity Sports Lab has announced a three-year

sponsorship of the 2011 winning team, 36ONE-SONGO-SPECIALIZED.

Team 36ONE-SONGO-SPECIALIZED consists of Mountain Bike Marathon World Champion

Christoph Sauser from Switzerland, and South Africa’s former Junior Mountain Bike Cross-Country

World Champion Burry Stander.

Velocity Sports Lab is a privately-owned high-tech sports training facility situated in the beautiful

Republic of Hout Bay at the base of Chapmans Peak Drive, Cape Town. The bespoke gym offers

state-of-the-art Technogym cardio and weights equipment as well as sports rehabilitation.

Velocity Sports Lab founder and CEO Trevor McLean-Anderson is excited about the partnership: "We

are really pleased to be sponsoring Christoph and Burry in the Absa Cape Epic, where the proceeds

go to the charity program. The impact they have made on the community of Kayamandi is

impressive and we are proud to be affiliated with these world class athletes and the great work they

do in South Africa."

Velocity Sports Lab is no stranger to sponsoring South Africa’s top sporting talent. Triathlete Raynard

Tissink and trail and ultra marathon runner Ryan Sandes – both Hout Bay locals – already benefit

from their association with the gym.

“The facilities on offer at Velocity sports Lab are world-class. And the gym’s desire to establish a

sports development initiative like in Hout Bay and other regions highlights the synergy

between Velocity and It is great to have this kind of support behind us. We intend to

deliver on our promises for all our benefactors at the 2012 Absa Cape Epic!” says Sauser.

Sauser and Stander will be teaming up for the fourth time at the 2012 Absa Cape Epic, held from 26

March-3 April. The highly decorated team will be defending the coveted yellow leader’s jersey they

won in 2011. It won’t be easy for Team 36ONE-SONGO-SPECIALIZED – the race attracts the cream

of mountain biking talent from around the globe. A host of current and former Mountain Bike World

Champions and Olympic medallists will be competing for honours. The eight-day event will be

contested over 781km of rugged terrain in South Africa’s Western Cape. It includes 16,300m of

vertical climbing on some of the country’s most challenging mountain passes. is a sports development program based in Kayamandi on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. It is

run by local community leader and avid sportsman, Songo Fipaza. provides cycling

opportunities, including BMX, mountain biking and road riding, to the children of the township. The program provides a fun and safe environment for children to explore and develop their

riding skills away from the township streets.

The program was pioneered by Sauser in 2008. A chance meeting with Songo introduced

Sauser to the selfless work being done for the kids of Kayamandi. The two teamed up and created the charity. Sauser recruited Stander to ride the Absa Cape Epic and together they raised

sufficient funds to help Songo Fipaza realise his dream of developing a BMX track to serve the

community of Kayamandi. Today this initiative has flourished into a fully-fledged BMX and mountain

biking program with over 150 children involved in riding. The kids have developed their skills under

the watchful eye of Fipaza and have gone on to participate in a wide array of events, from local

mountain biking races to prestigious multi-stage events such as the Absa Cape Epic, the Grape

Escape, the JoBerg2C, the Sani2C and the Wines2Whales.


Angelique Tostee

079 872 7215

Velocity Sports Lab

Alison McGillan

021-791 7600