USWE & Cannondale Factory Racing Are Changing The Game At Cape Epic

It’s no secret that the majority of all top riders are focused to go slim-n-light when they race. They switch almost every aluminium detail on their bike to carbon fiber, they’re on a strict diet 24-7 and they shave their endurance muscle legs. It’s all about swing weight and to hype their race mode. Adding weight, for example by using a hydration backpack has been a big no-no. But at this years prestigefull Cape Epic race in South Africa, the Cannondale Factory Racing riders, Henrique Avancini and Manuel Fumic, are battling for the victory - wearing hydration backpacks to stay hydrated. This is a Game Changer!



With the top riders onboard the team, Henrique Avancini (Brazil) and Manuel Fumic (Germany), the Cannondale Factory Team leads the World Cup ranking as the fastest team for the entire WC Tour. And, Avancini’s victory at the 2018 UCI MTB Marathon World Championships shows how the team has worked tirelessly to keep the CFR flame ablaze. In re-signing all riders through the next Olympic cycle, CFR looks to capture more wins on the World Cup circuit; to win the overall at Absa Cape Epic; and to continue down the ultimate path toward XC medals at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Cannondale Factory Racing Team Preparing For Race

“As a top contender we focus on all key details and keeping our riders hydrated during a marathon race is extremely important. Being able to play with the combination of bottles and hydration packs, gives us more flexibility to dose the right amount of nutrition, without having to stop at every waterpoint. Choosing USWE was a no-brainer, they’re the number one pack on the market offering the perfect race-fit with their harness technology. - Daniel Hespeler, team manager Cannondale Factory Racing

Cannondale Factory Racing Team Post Racing

“We’re extremely proud that Cannondale Factory Racing XC Team contacted us about their interest to run our packs. We love their attitude in racing, which is spot on the identity of USWE. That’s why we joined up as CFR’s official bag partner, covering all their needs of performance packs and gear/travel bags. Together we’ll make new history” - Jacob Westerberg, CEO at USWE

Cannondale Factory Racing Team Preparing For Race

This is a race hydration pack streamlined to go superlight and almost invisible on your back. The USWE Outlander™ 2 weighs only 310g and is geared-up with the award winning NDM™ 4-point harness that makes the pack 100% bounce free in action. The stretch support of the harness allows you the freedom to move in full speed and in any gnarly condition. To keep you hydrated and focused, USWE picked a durable 1.5 liter Elite™ hydration bladder to go inside the pack, with a big slide opening at the top for quick filling of ice and water. And after the race, the bladder is fully reversible for easy cleaning and drying.

The Outlander™ 2 is primary designed for pro riders at marathon distances. But honestly, it will fit any rider perfectly who’s searching for a badass hydration pack that will not cramp your style. This pack is a racer and we guarantee you will love it, no matter if you are a pro or a happy amateur rider.

Read more information here about the OUTLANDER 2

NDM Harness


USWE makes bounce free action backpacks that provide the perfect fit on an individual level. Developed and tested together with top athletes and weekend warriors since 2007. Our mission from day one, is to design packs that you can wear in action, with a super race-fit. It’s like wearing nothing at all. That’s why we make action packs for the athlete in you

NDM™, No Dancing Monkey is USWE’s award winning, patented suspension harness technology that gives you the perfect fit, with zero bouncing on your back. The “edge” is the elastic 4-point straps that allow you to snug the pack really tight, without it affecting your breathing capacity or freedom to move.

Read more information here about our NDM Harness Technology.


Benefits (and some bragging)

  • Patented harness technology
  • Award winning design 
  • Race-fit - freedom to move
  • Super stretch - breathing support
  • 100% bounce free in action