Trek Factory Racing's Anton Cooper hails from New Zealand. He's the 2015 Under 23 and 2012 Junior XC World Champion, and the 23-year-old may be the one who will shake up the pro ranks this year, as he already made the podium last year in his first partial season as an Elite.
Cooper's Procaliber hardtail, with its stem slammed as low as it could possibly be, is a testament to his skills, as most of the peloton here in South Africa have opted for dual-suspension models to answer the course designers' three-headed technical challenge: lots of rocks, lots of logs and a variety of jumps that range from sculpted doubles to awkward hucks to flat.
Trek Factory Racing's Anton Cooper.
SRAM TwistLoc shifter to lock out the RockShox SID fork. Enduro racer Jerome Clementz is credited with this trick, used on the rear suspension of his Cannondales.