BeFly World Team

Feb 12, 2018 at 11:59
by beflyworldteam  

Felix Bauer, Spela Horvat, Reuben Olorenshaw

A new bike brand, BeFly from Senica in Slovakia, has decided to support a new international mountain bike team. It’s not usual for a producer of hardtail dirt jump and pump track bikes to support a downhill oriented team, but the values and passion that BeFly shares with mountain biking encouraged them to fully support three young riders in chasing their dreams. The riders will tackle the UCI World Cup downhill circuit, Crankworx series, IXS European Downhill Cup and national events.

bigquotesThe only thing that we can say, as a young brand in a hardtail dirt jump and pumptrack world, is that we are very proud and happy to start this journey with such young and great riders. We want to see fast riding and a lot of exciting moments from all BeFly World Team members. They are ready more than ever!Miroslav Jarabek, BeFly Export Manager

BeFly World Team has signed up three elite riders of three different nations; a New Zealander Reuben Olorenshaw, a German Felix Bauer and a Slovenian Špela Horvat as the only woman on the team. All three riders have been racing as privateers in their previous seasons and have a vast range of experience in downhill racing. Reuben Olorenshaw, 24, was already promising as a junior, finishing 8th in U19 at UCI World Championships. Last season at the UCI World Cup finals in Val di Sole he finished 59th place and at the 2016 New Zealand national championships 3rd place. His teammate and friend Felix Bauer, 23, is an upcoming German star with the ability to pull backflips on his downhill bike. With his speed and style, he is a top-30 IXS European Cup contender and an overall exciting and talented rider to watch for in 2018. Špela Horvat, 24, made her Crankworx debut last season by finishing at an outstanding 6th place among the pro women in the Crankworx-Innsbruck downhill event. She is also a national vice-champion and a constant top-10 IXS European Cup contender, who is ready to tackle head-on the World Cup circuit.

bigquotesI’m super excited to join the BeFly World Team for 2018. I’m really looking forward to training and racing alongside Špela and Felix. Their positive energy and drive will be something that we can build together to translate into the best racing results for all of us. I’m pleased to announce the continuation of my partnership with both Zerode Bikes and MRC-Trading with their Fast Suspension support. With the collection of team-sponsors from industry-leading brands, I’m confident that I will be able to push the limits and achieve my best results yet. I can’t wait to begin some solid pre-season training and testing with the team. Being my second year living in Europe now, I’m settled and with the support of the BeFly World Team I’m looking to make a strong campaign. I’m hoping for a more consistent season and to start off where I left in 2017 with sub 60 World Cup standings.Reuben Olorenshaw

Spela's custom built carbon Devinci Wilson. Photo: Tinkara Sefic

bigquotesAfter 3 years of racing as a privateer I’m really excited about being on the team now. It’s not always easy to find people with the same ambitions and approach to the sport, but I think that we have a really good combination here. I get along with Špela and Reuben very well and I think we’ll be able to push each other quite nicely at the races, while still keeping it fun. We also have a great line of sponsors who’ll be supporting us, which is another important factor. Downhill racing is an expensive sport and without the help of these brands, we wouldn’t be able to ride all the races we’re planning to do. To be able to compete at the top level, you need the best material and our sponsors enabled us to build a really capable bike. I’ve ridden the Wilson before and it’s born to go fast, so I guess it’s up to us now to make it work! My goals for the upcoming season include qualifying for a World Cup final and to be a Super Final regular at the European Downhill Cup. We’ll also be competing at the European Crankworx Races, which is always a lot of fun and good times. Overall I just really can’t wait to hear the beeps again and have the best time ever with these guys.Felix Bauer

With the help of the renowned mountain bike guiding and renting agency MTB Republic which is based in Kranjska Gora (Slovenia); the team will be riding Devinci Wilson frames. Kranjska Gora is in the heart of the Slovenian Julian Alps and is a perfect training ground for the riders to practice for races.

MTB Republic HQ in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

bigquotesI’m super stoked on riding the Devinci Wilson this season. I’ve already done some runs with it and so far I’m impressed with how well it performs. I’m already super motivated about riding it between the tape, especially with my new team backing me. I have been a privateer almost my whole racing career and having the feeling of finally belonging somewhere is truly awesome. The boys are insanely fast and very professional and I know I can learn a lot from them. All three of us have various racing experiences and I believe we can only gain from each other. This whole season will be a totally new chapter for me and I’m excited about how far can that bring me. I have been training hard and I have nothing to lose!Špela Horvat

Spela testing her Devinci Wilson on a local track. Photo: Marusa Mlekuz

The team will be managed by a veteran German racer Oliver Kunz. After 15 years of downhill and enduro racing, Oliver has decided to use his experience to support other riders on their way to their best performance. However, he promised to return between the tape for an IXS Cup or the Crankworx series. The whole team will meet for their first training camp in San Remo, Italy.

bigquotesIt will be an exciting year for all of us. For the BeFly brand as it makes its debut on the big scene, for the three riders with their first year in an official team and of course for me attending the races with a different perspective. We are all super stoked with what’s ahead of us. Bring on 2018!Oliver Kunz, team manager
Oliver Kunz, team manager

The riders will also take part in numerous pumptrack events such as Crankworx pumptrack challenge and Red Bull Pumptrack World championships, where they will be riding BeFly’s top hardtail bike the BeFly Air Two. BeFly bikes will also be on display at every race and event the team attends. BeFly will further support the team with Maxxis tires and professional bicycle tools from Extend, which are produced under the same roof as the hardtail bikes.

BeFly Air Two. Photo: Lydia Bauer

bigquotesI’m really stoked to have the backing of our title-sponsor BeFly. I’m looking forward to riding the BeFly hardtail in the summer at pumptrack events, on the street and at the local dirt jump park. I have always been a super keen dirt jumper and I believe one of the best ways to improve bike-handling skills is learning how to be smooth and fearless on a bike with minimal suspension.Reuben Olorenshaw

Felix testing his brand new BeFly Air Two

The team is kitted out and protected by the leading apparel and protection brand O'Neal. The bikes will be running smoothly with the help of Switzerland’s Brunox products and the riders vision will stay clear with the use of Mudhugger mudguards. Other valuable partners are Cushcore with their proven tire-insert system, Goldfren with high-performance brake pads and Mozartt with their precision chain guides.

Follow the team on their adventures on social media:
Facebook: BeFly World Team
Instagram: @beflyworldteam


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