Young guns update

We touched base briefly with Mariske Strauss and James Reid to get a few words on their 2014 aspirations. Mariske is stepping up to the elite division next year and she’s keen for the clean slate and challenges it’s going to offer. She’s setting her sights on better World Cup results in 2014 and will be taking on more races, still in the colours of the Orange Monkey Pro Team.

 James meanwhile has enjoyed a stellar 2013 locally, and will be racing in the XCM national champion’s colours until early June 2014 at least. The hard work he and Jens Schuermans put in on the climb up the Swartberg Pass and the behind the scenes work of Team Asrin have set James up to kick on to great heights in 2014. A World Cup U23 podium place is one of his clearly identified goals, along with making the SA squad for the Commonwealth Games.

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