Yankie

Bianca Haw

Undoubtedly one of the most talented MTB riders in South Africa

Bianca Haw in action during a photo shoot at Meerendal in Cape Town, South Africa on the 25th February. 2015.
© Craig Kolesky/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Bianca Haw. My discipline is MTB XCO. My friends call me Yankie. I was born on 11 January 1996 in Thriving, South Africa.. My special talent is speed texting , procrastination, sarcasm and eating. My philosophy of life is the brave don’t live for ever but the cautious may not live at all. The most important person in my life is my dog! She’s awesome and my family. My favourite food is ice-cream, all flavors any flavour I’m game. My favourite music is anything from Ben Howard to Bruno Mars.

Bio

Bianca Haw was always going to be a mountain biker. As daughter to the effervescent 'Farmer Glen' Haw, the man behind world-famous races such as Sani2c, Imana Wild Ride and joBerg2c, she was around the sport from a young age.

2014 was Haw's first year out of school, with the 18-year-old relocating to Stellenbosch, both to start a university career and train in what is South Africa's hotbed of professional endurance athletes.

While she admits that adapting to a new hometown takes some time, and that she found trying to achieve in both her sporting and academic career quite a challenge, she still managed to take the South African Junior XCO title, the African Junior XCO as well as the SA Junior Marathon Championship, and the South African Junior Road title. She was ranked fifth overall in the UCI Junior XCO world cup rankings.

In 2015, she raced for a new team, Specialized, with the Sasol MTB team for Marathon races. Her main goal for this year is to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics in XCO.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. 1st Place: African MTB Continental Championships

      Musanze, Rwanda

  2. 2015
    1. 1st Place: GR300

      South Africa

  3. 2014
    1. 1st Place: SA MTB National Championships (Juniors)

    2. 1st Place: UCI Junior Series XCO #12

      Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    3. 1st Place: African Continental Championships (Juniors)

      Cape Town, South Africa

    4. 1st Place: National Championships South Africa (Juniors)

      Road Race

      Durban, South Africa

  4. 2013
    1. 1st Place: South African National Championships (Juniors)

      Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa

    2. 1st Place: African Continental Championships (Juniors)

      Cascades - Pietermartitzburg, South Africa