At NavWorld, we are exceptionally proud of our ambassador programme which was launched earlier this year. Our focus with this programme is to support and develop the careers of South Africa’s next top athletes.
Gordon started his cycling career in 2005 as a road cyclist but his love for nature lured him to the single track and in 2012 he bought his first mountain bike. After completing a few races, Gordon was hooked. As a native to Tzaneen, a tropical garden town in the Limpopo province, Gordon is no stranger to the beautiful scenery that South African mountain bikers enjoy.
He describes the “vibe” in the mountain biking community as “vastly different” to what he was used to and he says the bug bit him hard. But it was not until 2014 that Gordon converted to mountain biking full time.
Impressively, in the same year, Gordon won the solo-men category in the 2014 Sabi Experience race. He also came 3rd in the Cape Pioneer Trek, an impressive feat for this newcomer to mountain biking.
Gordon says he is striving to become one of the top mountain bikers in South Africa within the next 5 years. He is also aiming to reach a top 5 position in the ultra-marathon national series over the next 365 days.
“I love this sport because I can be in nature doing something I am very passionate about,” says Gordon. He is also a fan of technical riding and downhills but it’s the single track race that really gets his adrenaline pumping.
As a family man in Tzaneen, Gordon will also soon be opening a bike shop to further his love for cycling and to support the industry in his town.
Gordon cycles with the Garmin Edge 810 bike computer, a tool he finds indispensable during training and at race-time. NavWorld also kitted him out with Garmin’s Vector pedals so that he can get precise data of his training rides to his coach.
The latest addition to Gordon’s kit is his Nike Vision cycling eyewear and Thule Chasm duffel to transport his kit in. Nike Vision is the latest brand in NavWorld’s stable.
You can follow Alan Gordon on Twitter @alangordon_mtb