South African Champion, former Ebike XC World Champion and Olympian Alan has been racing for the Cannondale Factory Racing Team since 2022, first with Specialized and then with the South African team Spur. A friendly and reserved guy, he has the task, together with his partner Simon Andreassen, to replace what was perhaps the most famous pair of riders on the international MTB scene: Avancini and Fumic.
Like his teammates, Alan will be using the bi-axle Cannondale Scalpel in 2022, which with its frame weighing just 1910 grams is one of the lightest options on the market. This is built around suspension designed specifically for cross country, technologically advanced and featuring the patented flex pivot design. The Flex Pivot system has been realized thanks to a special lamination of the carbon fibers, which allows the lower chainstays to flex at a single point, just as if it were a true pivot.
In this way, the carriage is able to react better to the stresses and to work in symbiosis with the shock absorber (specially calibrated). As a result, it improves stability and ground grip in every situation while maintaining the same weight as a pivot-less bike.
The fork is the famous and immediately recognizable Cannondale Lefty Ocho, trademark of the brand.
The saddle mounted by Alan (but also by Simon and before by Fumic) is the Prologo Scratch M5 with rail and base in carbon Nack. Short saddle (250x140 mm) weighs only 129 grams in the version with the channel and 139 in the closed version. Unisex and multidisciplinary saddle has a half round shape to better support the pelvis and its muscles and a wide nose inclined downwards to avoid pressure peaks when pedaling on the top.
The surface features the patented MSS (Multi Sector System) technology developed together with the largest engineering university in Italy: Politecnico di Milano. This divides the saddle into five areas or sectors, each one independent from the other in terms of foam and density, in order to better adapt to the area of the body and the corresponding movements.
The rail is in Carbon Nack, but also available in a light alloy steel version for those seeking greater flexibility.
The grips chosen by Alan are the Prologo Mastery, the lightest version of the range. Made of silicone they are 130mm long and measure 230x30mm. The weight stops at 38gr. Perfect for those looking for a racing trim and for those seeking maximum control.
The gloves are the Prologo CPC Gloves, with the special graphics of a South African champion, developed for the 2021 Olympics, in which all Prologo-sponsored riders have dressed the gloves with the colors of their nation.
On the palm is the patented CPC (Connect - Power - Control) technology Used in "F1" and in the military, CPC is Prologo's patented system that guarantees performance and comfort through vibration absorption, grip and positional stability.
Thanks to its nano-structure, the special 3D conical and hollow polymer reduces muscle fatigue and facilitates airflow by reducing the temperature in the contact area. CPC, moreover, positioned in strategic points, protects muscles, tendons and soft tissues from the stresses that come "from the road" guaranteeing its performance in all weather conditions.
A race set-up that has already paid off, seeing Alan cross the finish line first at the XCC in Petropolis.