Ten for Trails Winners Announced

Mar 20, 2017
by Nick Gibson  
Ten For Trails Win A Custom Santa Cruz - Shimano XTR Equipped Dream Bike

Congratulations to Shaun Van Biljon of South African for winning the Ten for Trails top prize of a brand new Santa Cruz bike!

bigquotesI have been following Santa Cruz on social media and when I saw the competition come through it was a no-brainer—donation for a good cause with a bonus upside if I win.Shaun Van Bilijon


Ten for Trails Winner announcement
Shaun says that when he first saw the email from Alex Gardner at Trans-Cascadia he assumed it was just an announcement about the winners, but when he saw his own name and the question of which frame and size he wanted he was shocked. “I immediately called (a friend) to tell him and then realized I had to call Alex to make sure I was not being hoaxed. I could not really contain my excitement, he must have thought I was crazy!” With the time difference, Shaun had to wait to confirm the news until the next morning and was barely able to sleep—“although I messaged almost everyone I knew.”

Once Shaun confirmed that he wasn’t the target of an elaborate hoax he opted for the Hightower to accommodate the cross-country trails, bike parks, single track, and a little bit of everything else that he rides. “We do a lot of XCO/Marathon and stage races here. So it’s best suited for my riding I’d say. It’s naturally an awesome bike!” Unfortunately, he won’t have it in time for the Cape Epic this year—“I would have loved to have tried it out (there), but maybe next year…” Most importantly he can’t wait to get out and try it for some good riding close to home as soon as he can!


bigquotesI can tell you that I have a lot of jealous friends right now! There are about six of us doing the Cape Epic—Africa’s untamed eight-day mountain bike stage race—in just over a week. Most of us ride Santa Cruz… so you can only imagine!Shaun Van Bilijon


Ten for Trails Winner announcement

Sponsors of Trans-Cascadia—Shimano, Santa Cruz, PUSH Industries, Fox, PRO, ENVE, and Maxxis—came together to create this series of raffles to support the trail advocacy that the organization has undertaken. Joe Lawwill of Shimano is proud to be supporting these initiatives, “Shimano is very proud to be able to support an organization such as Trans-Cascadia that is directly supporting trails and the community of cyclists that will routinely access these trails. Not to mention the people that will travel from out of town to experience these trails that will not only get a great experience but who will also be helping to support the local economy. Shimano’s Mission statement is all about doing things to help improve an individual’s experience in the outdoors so if by us supplying some prizing that helps to raise money and awareness then it’s a ‘win-win’ for everyone involved.”

Congratulations also to Ten for Trails winners Sebastian Faundez and Oskar Osobniak! Sebastian won an entry to this year’s Trans-Cascadia race and Oskar won a custom Trans-Cascadia riding kit from Pearl Izumi.

Trans-Cascadia has opened up ten more spots for this year's race—don't miss out, register now!

Ten For Trails Win A Custom Santa Cruz - Shimano XTR Equipped Dream Bike
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26 Comments

  • + 129
 Came here to bitch about not winning. Quickly realized I never entered.
  • + 7
 Same here! ^^
  • + 36
 @pinkbike now what happens to the extra bronson and nomad? I might have a friend who would take them off your hands Smile
  • + 9
 is that friend me.....
  • + 15
 Lucky git. Wanna trade shocks? I'll give you my stock monarch for the 11/6. I hear the monarch was specifically built for those South Africa trails. You will love it
  • + 26
 Yeah and I'll give you my Ford Fiesta in exchange for your Porsche
  • + 9
 If you're Ken Block and we're talking Gymkhana 5 then definitely!
  • + 13
 Envy level: epic
  • + 20
 ENVE level: Green with jealousy
  • + 6
 Better than winning the lottery by far
  • + 5
 Well yeah you can't ride the check they give you haha
  • + 46
 Youre right, even lottery winners cant afford a Santa Cruz with ENVE wheels.
  • + 3
 @Lookinforit: You can ride that check straight to the bank...
  • + 2
 @Lookinforit: If only there were some technology that could convert money into bicycles. Maybe one day, until then I'm stuck with a stupid $500m Powerball jackpot that I can't even take on my local road-bike loop.
  • + 2
 Happy for the dude who contributed and got a great story to share. Sounds like he actually would make real use of the bike he won.
  • + 3
 I've got a PlayStation 2 and a go on my sister for swaps?
  • + 1
 And here I though I had purchased a $10k for $10. I knew it was too good to be true...
  • + 1
 Wait I thought they were giving away two bikes this year?
  • + 1
 Nomads are so balanced they can free stand on normally impassable logs .
  • + 1
 Awesome man, congrats on the win!! So damn lucky
  • + 2
 Lucky sob
  • + 1
 Welcome to the circle of winners!
  • + 1
 All i can seem to do is get my bikes stolen! Sigh
  • + 2
 Congrats
  • + 1
 congrats enjoy it
  • + 1
 Sobbing Frown

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