Mariske Strauss started her cycling journey on a Giant over 20 years ago. And she’s back. (Photo: Max Sullivan)
Multiple South African cross-country mountain bike champion,
Mariske Strauss, has signed with a new bike sponsor.
Giant South African has confirmed that Mariske is a new rider for the Taiwanese brand, and will be on its latest Liv Pique Advanced Pro 29er
Her debut race on the new bike will be the Hell of the South.
The 31-year old will also be racing at the elite global level, campaigning UCI
Mariske is scheduled for a full reacing season this year. (Photo: Max Sullivan)
The Epic and everything else
Two events of specific significance for Mariske will be the
Commonwealth games (in Birmingham) and the Cape Epic. As the mountain biking competition
schedule normalizes after two years of pandemic disruption, Mariske expects to
“My race plans are a bit different this season. The UCI World Cups are still on the table, a bit later
this season, in preparation for Commonwealth Games in late July.”
“As for my local racing, the Tankwa Trek and Cape Epic
are first up. I’m over the moon to be able to line up with Candice Lill again.”
Mariske’s Liv is a very efficient climbing machine. (Photo: Max Sullivan)
A carbon 100mm racing machine
Liv is the women’s specific sub-brand of Giant. It leverages
all the benefits of the Taiwanese cycling company, a global leader in composite
Unlike many other cycling brands, Giant builds its own
frames. This allows the company to control its bikes’ technology trajectory and
build quality. Unlike most rivals, who design their bikes, but contract the actual
production to third-party suppliers.
Mariske’s Liv Pique Advanced Pro 29er has 100mm of
suspension travel at the front and rear.
It also features the best available Giant composite frame
technology and the company’s proven Maestro rear-suspension linkage.