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