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ANDREW 'NEEDLES' NEETHLING

About Andrew

Andrew Neethling is a seasoned professional Mountain Bike Rider who has been a dominant force in the world of downhill for over a decade. Hailing from South Africa he pursued his dream, rising through the national ranks to ultimately lay his claim on the World Cup circuit. For the last 14 years he has been an undeniable elite talent achieving podiums, wins and accolades the world over.
His passion for bikes spans the length and breadth of Mountain Bike disciplines, from Downhill to Enduro, Cross Country and Dirt Jumping, Andrew has a love of riding that has set him has a firm media favorite. The ability to self-promote, combined with his effortless style on a bike has seen him on the front cover of international magazines and be a lead athlete in projects from the likes of Clay Porter Productions.

More About Needles

Known as ‘Needles’ to many, his career is testament to his all-round riding ability, taking the top step at the US open and Crankworx including podiums finishes in Slalom at Sea Otter classic and Mega Avalanche.
As a professional rider he brings with him years of experience in product testing and design, he is a mentor to the rising stars of the future, a training partner to the world’s best, a trail builder and park owner, a scene influencer and opinion leader both on and off the bike. He is in the simplest of terms the ‘complete package’ and a marketers and teams dream alike.





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Andrew reaches a big global audience through his personal social media pages alone engaging a targeted audience all over the world.












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Career Highlights

[] AFRICAN CONTINENTAL DH CHAMPION 2014
[] MULTIPLE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL CHAMPION
[] WHISTLER CRANKWORX DH CHAMPION
[] US OPEN DH CHAMPION



[] MULTIPLE WORLD CUP SERIES PODIUM FINISHES
[] 2ND SEA OTTER CLASSIC DOWNHILL
[] SEA OTTER CLASSIC DUAL SLALOM PODIUM FINISH
[] MEGA AVALANCHE PODIUM FINISH


"Andrew’s character, attitude and style easily translates into good photographs and the results are evident in the media exposure he receives across the globe."

Sven Martin

Media Highlights



"Andrew’s input on product development is really invaluable. Needles has the best combination of professionalism, fun, style and skill I’ve had the pleasure of working with."

Dylan Howes: Director of Suspension Frame Technology – Trek



"Andrew is multi-talented bike rider which is highlighted in the many different disciplines of cycling he takes part in, and his dedication and enthusiasm shine in everything he does, both on and off the bike. He is a well-traveled and well-spoken professional that has the qualities needed to excel in anything he chooses."

John Canepa: Factory MTB Race Mechanic, GT Bicycles and Mongoose



"Andrew’s outgoing and friendly personality coupled with his infectious passion for riding and dedicated work ethic make it a pleasure working with him on any photo or video shoot. His natural style and flair make it hard not to come away with amazing footage"

Jon and Rob Parkin, Red Bull Media House

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Working with Andrew

As Andrew ventures in to the next stage of his career he leaves behind a legacy having conquered his dream of being an international racer but a legacy that brings with it huge opportunity for the future, bringing with him a wealth of experience and undeniable talent on the bike. But with this step in a new direction the opportunity to build a unique and unrivalled partnership presents itself. His legacy paves a new direction as a media powerhouse, product development partner, mentor and coach alongside a multi – discipline approach as a brand ambassador.

Contact Andrew

Andrew's Goals

Andrew’s goals are clear, to continue to grow the sport of mountain biking and with it become a key brand stakeholder. He is not simply looking for sponsors but the opportunity to develop leading brand partnerships that become a driving force behind your brands needs and goals.

Below are just a few opportunities that Andrew Brings with him:
[] World Cup Team support, bringing his wealth of experience to the existing team dynamic to support the team in its success
[] Product testing, development and design support across all disciplines
[] Attending all media and dealer events supporting the launch of new and existing products as a rider, ambassador and technical support
[] Brand focused media creation, advertising and content creation
[] Organic media exposure through self-promotion and through social media channels
[] A lead voice in accessing and growing brand presence in the South Africa
[] Holding both business and consumer targeted riding clinics and coaching sessions with the aim of engaging existing and new target customers





In a career that has spanned 2 decades Andrew Neethling, has proven time and time again to be a dominant force in Mountain Biking, Unique in his ability to transcend multiple disciplines with equaled high impact both on the podium and in the media. Such diversity in a rider, coupled with his ability to self market and seasoned experience makes him a force to be reckoned with.

An opinion leader and trend setter alike, Andrew provides a brand unrivalled opportunity to engage with the core Mountain Bike scene whilst breaking down the barriers to mainstream awareness all the while providing engagement opportunities in the b2b spectrum. Needles is in the simplest terms ‘the complete package’ and a marketers dream.




Get in touch with Andrew



andrewneethling@gmail.com

+27 82 358 9583


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