Ambassadors

Magda Nieuwoudt

Magda is a professional triathlete who competes internationally in various Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events. She took 4th place with her latest Full Ironman Malaysia in 2019, another 4th place with the Ironman 70.3 Dublin and a prestigious 19th place at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship Port Elizabeth in 2018. She consistently placed in a top 10 position with all 11 Ironman 70.3 races she entered across the world since 2017. As a full-time student, she represented both her university and province at the South African Duathlon Championships where she won the U23 age group for 4 consecutive years.

With her BSc Honours degree in Sport Science (Human Movement Studies and Nutrition) she founded Trivium Triathlon in 2016 where she coaches amateur and other professional triathletes. As an ambassador for Zagon Composites her passion is to help athletes to reach their full potential.

“When I cycle with Zagon wheels I feel unstoppable, it feels like I’m flying with ample control and grip on the road. Going downhill feels as if someone is pushing me from behind. The swishing sound of the wheels is my favorite part.”

Gerhard de Bruin

Gerhard de Bruin is a professional triathlete competing internationally in medium and long-distance triathlons from age group to elite categories since 2007. He finished consistently in the top 3 (with a 1st place in 2015) at the South African Triathlon National Championships from 2013 to 2016 and also within the top 5 at Ironman 70.3 events around the world. Came 23rd and 24th respectively in 2011 and 2012 at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships. On the African continent he finished twice in 7th place at the ATU Triathlon African Championships and also within the top 12 at the ITU Triathlon African Cup events from 2007 to 2009.

He founded DBT (debruintrain) in 2006 where he organizes triathlon training camps to train and educate beginner to amateur triathletes with his knowledge in biokinetics and psychology (holds a BA degree), and 20 years’ experience where he trained and competed with the best athletes in the world.

“With 20 years’ cycling experience, from which the last decade was focused on racing pro Ironman events, I have come across a lot of products. ZAGON wheels stand out and how lucky are we to have it as a local company in South Africa. The characteristic of the wheels that stands out for me is definitely how it handles in crosswinds, it is unbelievable good – I’ll keep this as my secret weapon.”

Gillian Sanders

Gillian Sanders is a professional triathlete who represents South Africa internationally. She has competed at the London 2012 & Rio 2016 Olympic Games & is currently preparing for Tokyo 2021. She is a Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist and 9-time African Continental Champion. Gillian has numerous top 10 World Triathlon Series results as well as a podium place at a World Cup. Most recent results are a 5th place at the 2020 Riga ETU Triathlon Baltic Championships, 3rd at the 2019 Dakhla ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup, 13th at the 2019 Nur-Sultan ITU Triathlon World Cup, 5th at the 2019 Cape Town World Cup and 1st at the 2019 Shandrani ATU Triathlon African Championships.

“I love my Zagon wheels because they feel fast but also really robust. It’s my first season racing on disc brakes, the wheels feel super responsive in handling on the technical courses we ride. The bonus is that they’re proudly South African made, which I love!”

Ruan van Zyl

Ruan is a professional triathlete who represents South Africa internationally in cross and road triathlons since 2016. He started to compete at the Elite Men level since 2019 with an 11th place at the ATU Triathlon Premium African Cup and came 2nd for men U23 elite category at the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships. For 2020 he positioned 26th at the ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup.

Ruan also studies as a full-time final year student at Inscape College to earn his BDes degree in Ideation at the end of 2020.

“The Zagon wheels impressed me significantly how it deals with crosswinds while maintaining high speeds. The wheels are extremely stiff, which is awesome when it comes to aggressive racing where each watt counts. I feel faster and more confident using these wheels.”