Current and six-time SA XCM Champion Robyn de Groot has joined Team dormakaba.
She will be defending her SA title at Buffelsdrift north of Pretoria this weekend where she will be kicking off her journey with Team dormakaba as well as making her incredible comeback from surgery earlier this year.
“We are immensely excited to have a rider of Robyn’s calibre strengthening our team and racing in our colours. Sam (Sanders) invited Robyn to race with her at sani2c in May and there was such a great cohesion between her and our team that it made complete sense to get her on board full-time,” says Shaun Frayne, MD of dormakaba South Africa.
Following a strong performance at sani2c which she and Sam won, Robyn is looking forward to being part of the team.
“Surgery tested me in many ways. Knowingly putting your life in the hands of others is quite difficult, but it is the best thing I could have done. The past two seasons have been difficult and being diagnosed with severe blood-flow problems in my left leg put so many things in perspective,” she says.
She admits it feels strange that unlike previous years, she is not under as much pressure for the upcoming SA Champs.
“This has definitely been a different year for me. I originally wanted to use July to get ready for competitive racing but following the completion of sani2c and how my body felt, I decided I had to respect the jersey and defend it this weekend. It is a privilege to race and I have prepared for it as best as possible under the circumstances. The ups and downs of cycling are part of the process and I am relying on my body to remind me every now and again when I have to back off a little bit,” she says.
While Robyn is still new to the team, she was impressed by its professionalism during sani2c.
“The rest of the team immediately accepted me in the group, and I was blown away by their attention to detail. As sponsors, dormakaba does everything they can to provide us with what we need to get the job done which is something that is amazing in these difficult economic times.”
Robyn has signed until the end of the 2020 season and is already looking at qualifying for the World Champs later this year.
“Shaun Frayne and Team dormakaba are opening so many opportunities for me. Riding with Sam and Amy (McDougall) means that we can juggle the races that suit us without worrying about illness or injury impacting the team. I will also be heading to Europe in July to compete in some marathon races there and representing Team dormakaba internationally,” she concludes.
Team dormakaba is one of the premier MTB teams in South Africa. It consists of star athletes Amy McDougall, Samantha Sanders, performance director Dr Mike Posthumus and now, Robyn de Groot.