From humble beginnings in an industrial area, Cyclo Pro is now one of Port Elizabeth’s largest cycle outlets and is currently an agent for, amongst others: Giant, Cannondale, GT and Avalanche Cycles.
Cyclo Pro is co-owned and personally supervised by Rob Rudman, Andrew Briggs & Julie Briggs (nee Rudman). Their aim is to strive to stay ahead in their field and each staff member is actively involved in some form of cycling.
Being well known and respected for expertise in wheel building and bicycle set up, Cyclo Pro prides itself on the friendly family atmosphere. A wide range of specialised tools is sourced for the benefit of the discerning home tool owner, an aspect not often offered. Latest information on power meters, expertise in servicing shocks and a sound general knowledge from the “school” of being in the business for over 30 years are all trademarks of the shop’s continual growth. Rob holds an International Weldtite Mechanical Certificate (Platinum Level) and ensures that technical staff benefit form his experience.
Rob is the co-founder of the area's largest cycle race, The Herald Cycle Tour. He is also a founder member, together with Humphrey Gerretsen and Theo von Ruben, of what is now known as the Masters and Ladies Cycling Club. He has been both assistant and manager of the SA Protea Mountain Bike Team, participating at the World MTB Championships in Canada (1998) Vail, USA (2001) and Austria (2002) as well as having competed in the masters MTB World Champs in Canada in 1999 and 2001, which gained him his SA Masters Colours in both the Crosscountry & Downhill disciplines.
His technical expertise includes being the mechanic for the SA Mountain Bike side and holding a Weldtite International Platinum Mechanical certificate. On the home front, he is a previous age category winner of the Argus Cycle Tour and was the EP Time Trial Champion in his younger years. He has also been the national champion in various age categories in mountain bike cross country and downhill disciplines. He therefore has a wide field of personal experience regarding Road & Mountain bikes.
Julie started racing mountain bikes in 1997, and raced both Cross Country and Downhill on the national circuit for over 10 years. She represented South Africa at the World Downhill Championships in Canada (1998) and in Sweden (1999). She represented South Africa again in 2001 in Vail, Colorado, USA.
She no longer competes competitively but enjoys social riding and enters the odd race every now and again, with her husband, Andrew, who is an accomplished road and mountain biker. Being a Registered Massage Therpist, Julie has traveled overseas with the South African Road team on 2 occasions, contributed articles to various magazines and attended to well know athletes in various disciplines.
Andrew has been mountain biking since his school days, participated at Western Province level as well as many national events. He participated in the Giro del Capo road tour when he resided in Cape Town. He left his career as a CA to join the family business in 2013, and has played a big role in the growth of the shop.