Exciting opportunity to join the Coaching and Sports Science Team at Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka The Coach-Sports Scientist will be responsible for the successful implementation of the team’s high performance program with up to 10 athletes. They will effectively collaborate with the Performance Team (directeur sportifs, coaches/sports scientists) to optimize each athlete’s preparation and performance delivery, in accordance with the team’s standard practices. MSc or PhD in Sports and Exercise Science/Exercise Physiology or similar qualification. Passion for and understanding of pro-level road cycling. Strong knowledge and understanding of determinants of endurance performance and mechanisms of fatigue during high intensity/volume exercise Experience of laboratory and/orRead More →

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka uses Retül as its official bike fit technology partner. “During the first quarter of 2017, Retül has delivered invaluable expertise and teaching to our sports science team and riders through Todd Carver’s participation in our aerodynamics camp and bespoke Retül University” says Dr Carol Austin, Head of Performance Support and Medical at Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. At our January Valencia Velodrome Aero Camp, Todd and team sports scientists Dr Jon Baker and Mattia Michelusi worked together to improve the road and time trial bike fits of Boasson Hagen, Cavendish, Fraile and Anton. “Todd’s extensive experience of pro-level bike fitting broughtRead More →

Power Analysis: Jacques Janse van Rensburg achieves PB results in the Ardennes During the third week of April Jacques Janse van Rensburg from Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka raced the Ardenne’s Classics; Amstel Gold, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne- Liège. Jacques provided excellent in-race support to the team’s designated lead riders and also achieved personal best career results (48th, 58th, 41st respectively). Summary Data The Ardennes Classics are hilly one-day World Tour races raced within an 8-day period in April. They are extremely demanding as is reflected by Jacques summary data in Table 1. The TSS scores and work scores for the 2017 editions ofRead More →

In this article Trevor Court and Dr Carol Austin are going to take a closer look at Jacques Janse van Rensburg‘s effort during the Vuelta 2016 opening stage, the Team Time Trial (TTT) from Balneario de Laias to Castrelo de Miño. What were the challenges of the TTT course? This 27.8km course was rolling with a total elevation gain of 278m. The race started out with a 1.35km/4.4% grade climb. The terrain then rolled through to km 14 where the riders descended into a valley. The gradient kicked up again from km 22, and the final 6.4km included a 2km/3.1% grade climb followed by aRead More →

What’s the hardest 9 days of training/racing you have ever done? How does that compare to a world tour event, like the Vuelta Espana 2016? Trevor Court, Performance Coach at Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, and Dr Carol Austin, Head of Performance Support and Medical at Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, share some insights from Natnael Berhane’s dataset in this comparison of his: First 9 days of the Vuelta Espana 2015 (VE15) Complete Tour de Suisse 2016 (TDS16) First 9 days of the Tour de France 2016 (TDF16) Why this comparison? Well this is as tough as it gets in pro mens World Tour competition.Read More →

The 205km 104th edition of Scheldeprijs ended in a mass sprint. Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quickstep) crossed the line first, ahead of our Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data for Qhubeka) with Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) placing 3rd. As a three-time winner of Scheldeprijs, Cavendish was the team’s protected rider for the day. Early in the race 6 riders escaped, and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka took control of the race. Tyler Farrar’s designated role was to shelter Cavendish during the race and deliver him to the finish line as the final leadout man. He executed according to plan, and Cavendish was perfectly placed within the last kilometer. The strongestRead More →

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) won the 100th edition of the Ronde van Vlaanderen, crossing the line solo with Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) in 2nd and Sep Vanmarcke (LottoNL-JUmbo) in 3rd position. For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and Tyler Farrar, the day lived up to the pre-race hype, being a nonstop drama filled race. The team’s goal for the race was clear: to support Edvald Boasson Hagen for the win. It took just over an hour for the first break away to stick. For the first 2 hours, Farrar, who was in the peloton averaged 44kph with a normalized power of 289W and an average power of 235W.Read More →

On 12 March 2016, Steve Cummings won stage 4 at Tirreno-Adriatico for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka through his bold tactics in the closing 5km of the race. In this blog we share his winning data file recorded on his dual sided Rotor 2IN powermeter. Stage Overview The 222km stage started with an early break going clear in the opening kilometres of the race. The breakaway got a maximum lead of 5-minutes but was reeled in with around 30km to go. This final section of the route included 2 short climbs on which the pace ramped up significantly. By the time the front group wentRead More →

It’s often that the protected riders will catch the limelight at races, especially if they’re as monumental as La Primavera. For the fourth year in a row our African Team took to the start at Milan-Sanremo and once again Jay Thomson was part of an illustrious team that took on the 291km from Milan to Sanremo. Jay Thomson raced the 2016 Milan Sanremo in support of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and teammate, Edvald Boasson Hagen. His pre-race designated role was to cover the early moves and to ride in support of the team to the base of Capo Berto, 255km into the race. ViewRead More →