A year of Pure XC Speed!

Tuesday, 20 December 2022


2022 has flown by, even more so if you were on an Anthem it seems. What a year it has been for our Giant South Africa athletes, ambassadors, friends and family. Here are some of our favorite moments from the year on-board the all new Anthem platform.

Late last year, the all new Anthem Advanced Pro platform was launched, almost 2 months after it was ridden in 'secrecy' at the 2021 ABSA Cape Epic. What a journey it has been. "Is the new Anthem one of the best XC bikes we’ve ever tested?" - See what Flow Mountain Bike had to say here.

February - Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.

The Imbuko Type[Dev] squad lead the pack at this years Tankwa Trek, their first outing of the year as a full team. They went on to finish 3rd overall in a worldclass field.

The Imbuko Big Five - The perfect pre-Cape Epic test in the mountains.

Marco Joubert took top honours after a tight race with team-mate Wessel Botha (2nd).

March - The Race That Measures All.

From the front of the race, to the back. In 2022 ABSA Cape Epic we had the sweeps, 'the Hyena's', on-board the trusty Anthem Advanced Pro 3's.

We were also blessed to meet and spend some time with the late Sule Kangani from Kenya, a true gentlemen of the sport.

Stage 5 and All African Red Jersey winners, Marco Joubert and Pieter du Toit!

The only African team to win a stage in the 2022 edition of the Race that Measures All.

The rough, rugged terrain was tamed, day in and day out.

Velokhaya had their first outing at the event, we look forward to watching them compete for the Exxaro Jersey in 2023.

A clean bike is a fast bike! Part of the Imbuko team's success, is the hard work that goes on behind the scenes. Pictured is James Loots cleaning one of the team bikes straight after the stage, before over-hauling the bikes throughtout the evening to be ready for the next stage.

May - Sani2C

Marco Joubert and Wessel botha teamed up and took the overall win at Sani2Sea. Photo Anthony Grote / Sani2C.

September - The Cape Pioneer Trek.

Imbuko Type[Dev] had three teams in the 7 day stage race, two men's and one mixed. All three teams enjoyed stage wins and were crowned overall winners in the mens and mixed categories. Photo ZCMC / Dryland Events.

November - Wines2Whales

Later in the year, we welcomed the Exxaro MTB Academy to the Giant family.

They went on to win the Exxaro category at the 2022 FNB Wines2Whales.

Refilwe and Andisiwe have been on the Anthem Advanced Pro 3 since the Swiss Epic, it's all smiles for this charismatic duo!

We can't wait to watch them #RideUnleashed in 2023!

After winning stage 2, Pieter du Toit and Wessel Botha went on the hunt for another stage win, unfortunately caught in the final few KM's of the penultimate stage.

Marco Joubert enjoying 'Play Day', riding in a supportive role to end off a fantastic season of race wins and podiums.

Wessel Botha testing the team's 2023 race bike setup.

Ending off on a high note, we present Craig Kolesky's custom Anthem Advanced Pro build.

We'd like to thank all of our friends, customers and Giant dealers for a fantastic 2022, wishing you all the very best for the festive season and 2023.

For more information on the Anthem range, click here or the related products below, for more technical reviews and information, click here.

To watch our 2022 Giant Group showreel, click here.