In 2022, the team will consist of Faranak Partoazar from Iran and Tumelo Makae from Lesotho, they are both multiple national champions and pioneers of the sport in their respective countries. They have shown great resilience to overcome many hurdles to do what they love. The team will be managed by founder of Velosolutions and Pump for Peace, Claudio Caluori and Swiss professional marathon racer, national champion and 5 x Cape Epic winner, Ariane Lüthi.
The aim is to take down as many barriers as possible for the future generation of mountain bikers in their countries around the world.
“The idea of a Pump for Peace racing team has been there for a while, but we didn’t actually plan on making it happen already for 2022. When Ariane found out that Faranak was struggling to register for the World Cups, she called me just two weeks before Christmas, while I was laying asphalt on a pump track at the Syrian border in Turkey: – Why don’t we register a UCI team to get Faranak to the World Cups? As you can see, I agreed, and as you can imagine, this was a tiny little bit late to look for sponsors, which is why we are going to announce them as soon as we’ve found them.” Claudio Caluori