Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka https://africasteam.com Africa's Team Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:32:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 https://africasteam.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/cropped-Logo-2018-Web-1-32x32.png Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka https://africasteam.com 32 32 Tour Down Under #4: Gibbons climbs with the best https://africasteam.com/tour-down-under-4-gibbons-climbs-with-the-best Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:20:03 +0000 https://africasteam.com/?p=35725 Read More →]]> Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) sprinted to victory at today’s 4th stage of the Tour Down Under. Patrick Bevin (CCC) was 2nd with Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) rounding out the stage podium in 3rd.

Today’s stage of the Tour Down Under was all about the famous Corkscrew climb which peaked with only 6km to go. Over the summit 4 riders had a small gap on a select group of chasers. To our pleasant surprise, Ryan Gibbons had manged to climb his way into that select group, which contained only 16 riders.

On the descent to the line, the leading quartet was caught by the chasers and a small group sprint decided the stage. Gibbons was in prime position, sitting on the wheel of Impey but lost it through the final corner at around 300m to go.

“Right now I feel quite disappointed, it was a great opportunity for me to take the stage as I know in a normal sprint, I am faster than all those guys that were in that group. I’d gone pretty deep to make that group though, so I think that contributed to the lack concentration in the final corner were I lost position and the chance to take victory. In hindsight, I have to be happy with my overall performance. I don’t think anybody expected me to be in contention on this stage, myself included I guess. I’m now 5th overall but my focus only spans as far as tomorrow’s sprint stage, where we’ll be going all-in for the stage win.”

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Tour Down Under #3: Good team effort on tough circuit https://africasteam.com/tour-down-under-3-good-team-effort-on-tough-circuit Thu, 17 Jan 2019 06:22:30 +0000 https://africasteam.com/?p=35721 Read More →]]> Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) won his 2nd consecutive stage finishing in Uraidla by taking out stage 3 of this year’s race. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) was 2nd and in 3rd , it was Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott).

Team Dimension Data can be happy with today’s proceedings as Nic Dlamini represented our African Team colours proudly in the breakaway all stage.

Once the race came back together, Ryan Gibbons showed his strength, following a dangerous move of Michael Woods (EF-Education First) in the final 2km of the race.

With a reduced group of 37 riders coming to the line, Team Dimension Data still had 4 riders represented. Gibbons was first across the line for us, in 12th, moving him up to 8th overall.

“The team was really solid today. We started the day with Nic in the break and then in the final we had numbers in that select group. I followed a late move from Woods, it didn’t go anywhere though and it kind of put me on the back foot for the sprint but that’s okay. Our goal was to keep our GC guys in the mix and we achieved that.” – Ryan Gibbons

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Tour Down Under #2: Crash chaos in final https://africasteam.com/tour-down-under-2-crash-chaos-in-final Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:14:26 +0000 https://africasteam.com/?p=35718 Read More →]]> Paddy Bevin (CCC) won the crashed marred stage 2 of the Santos Tour Down Under, beating Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) to the line.

For Team Dimension Data, as Lars Bak so adequately put it after the stage, “Today was all about saving Private Ryan”. That being young Ryan Gibbons of course.

Unfortunately Gibbons didn’t get to show of his sprinting prowess today, following his 5th place finish yesterday, as a mass crash in the final kilometer held up nearly all of the peloton.

Fortunately none of our Team Dimension Data boys were involved but with all being caught behind it, contesting for stage honours was not possible today.

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Season 2019 – Let it begin! https://africasteam.com/season-2019-let-it-begin Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:25:42 +0000 https://africasteam.com/?p=35732 Read More →]]>

2019 is a big year for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. With a whole host of exciting new partners, riders and staff, we’ll be looking to take our performance to a new level in 2019.

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Team Dimension Data announces OTE Sports as Official Nutrition Partner https://africasteam.com/team-dimension-data-announces-ote-sports-as-official-nutrition-partner Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:58:12 +0000 https://africasteam.com/?p=35689 Read More →]]> Africa’s first ever UCI World Tour team, Dimension Data for Qhubeka have announced a new partnership with British Sports Nutrition Brand OTE Sports as their Official Sports Nutrition Supplier for the 2019 season and beyond.

OTE Sports will work closely with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s sports nutritionists to develop bespoke hydration, fuelling and recovery strategies, with riders using their award-winning sports nutrition range throughout the season.

OTE Sports are also committing to raise funds for 100 Qhubeka Bikes through a series of fund-raising events in 2019. The Qhubeka initiative aims to mobilise the African people through the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign by providing free bicycles to connect communities with limited transport to schools, clinics and jobs.

OTE design and develop award winning sports nutrition and healthy snacking products using natural ingredients. Particular attention is paid to making them great tasting, kind on the stomach and easy to use. Put simply, Goodness In = Greatness Out.

Doug Ryder, Team Manager at Dimension Data said: “Our new, exciting partnership with OTE will greatly strengthen our comprehensive approach to competing on the World Tour. We’re confident that in collaboration with OTE we are fuelling our riders to perform at the highest level both in training and on race-day when performance matters most.

 “It was great to have OTE join us at our recent annual training camp in Cape Town and introduce them to our other partners, as well as to the Qhubeka charity that give such purpose to what we do. Their commitment to the bicycles power to change lives highlights our common purpose and we can’t wait for the new season to start, together.”

Matt Harrison, Managing Director at OTE Sports said: “We’re proud to announce this exciting new partnership with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and look forward to supporting the team with OTE’s natural sports nutrition products so they can compete at their best.

We are also passionate in thebelief that bicycles can change lives and are committed to raising awareness and donations for the Qhubeka initiative throughout the partnership.”

Find out more about OTE Sports at www.otesports.co.uk

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Tour Down Under #1: Gibbons goes 5th! https://africasteam.com/tour-down-under-1-gibbons-goes-5th Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:09:01 +0000 https://africasteam.com/?p=35711 Read More →]]> The opening stage of the Santos Tour Down Under ended in a mass sprint and it was Elia Viviani (Deceuninck – Quick Step) who took the stage honours.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had much to smile about as our South African sprinter, Ryan Gibbons, got up for a fine fifth place finish.

For Gibbons and Team Dimension Data it was just the positive start to the season we were looking for. With another sprint stage tomorrow, the South African sprinter will have his eye on a placing slightly higher up on the finish sheet before our GC contenders, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Michael Valgren and Ben O’Connor take center stage for stage 3 & 4.

“It was a hot day out in Adelaide for today’s first stage of the Tour Down Under. It turned out to be a good day for us as I was able to mix it up in the sprint. Fifth today gives me confidence and I’ll be looking for a little more in the next sprint stages. I must say the team was great today, looking after me all stage. Closer to the final it was great to have the experience of Lars Bak guiding me into position for the sprint.” – Ryan Gibbons

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Down Under Crit: Dimension Data Attack from the Gun https://africasteam.com/down-under-crit-dimension-data-attack-from-the-gun Sun, 13 Jan 2019 09:39:23 +0000 https://africasteam.com/?p=35626 Read More →]]>

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka got the 2019 season off to a fast start with 4 of our riders going onto the attack at the Down Under Crit.

Ben O’Connor, Nic Dlamini, Lars Bak & Tom-Jelte Slagter all had a dig off the front during the 1hr + 1 lap crit. It all came down to the expected sprint in the end though and where unfortunately, our South African sprinter, Ryan Gibbons was involved in the mass crash on the final corner of the race.

“Everyone was looking forward to this first hit out off the season. A great crowd turned out in down town Adelaide and we had a lot of support from the local Dimension Data Australia team, which was awesome. I was keen to test my legs in the first sprint of the season but unfortunately when a couple of guys crashed in front of me in the final kilometer, I had know where to go but over my bars. It’s a bummer but that’s sprinting, I’m healthy still and am looking forward to having another crack at the Santos Tour Down Under next week” – Ryan Gibbons

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Tour Down Under: Lineup https://africasteam.com/tour-down-under-lineup Sat, 12 Jan 2019 01:29:29 +0000 https://africasteam.com/?p=35541 Read More →]]> The season opening Tour Down Under is all set to take place between 15 and 20 January.

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will hope to get the season off to a flying start, as we did last year at TDU, when Tom-Jelte Slagter finished 3rd overall and Nic Dlamini won the King of the Mountains prize.

Our Riders To Watch

Michael Valgren – A new year and a new team for the Danish talent, Valgren is looking to get the season off to a fast start in our African team colours.

Tom-Jelte Slagter – A former TDU winner and last year’s 3rd place finisher, Slagter has what it takes to win Down Under.

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“We have a really good team for Tour Down Under, probably our strongest ever at this race so we are certainly capable of making a good result here. Personally, I’ve been training hard to be good here so I hope it will pay off and we can achieve something similar to last year. We have to say the route is also more difficult than previous years and the temperature is rising so It wont be easy, but we are ready.” – Tom-Jelte Slagter

Key Stages

Stage 4 – The Corkscrew Road climb at 6km to go will be sure to shake up the GC.

Stage 6 – The famous Willunga Hill moves to the final stage and will decide the overall, what a spectacle this stage will be!

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2019 Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team https://africasteam.com/2019-dimension-data-for-qhubeka-continental-team https://africasteam.com/2019-dimension-data-for-qhubeka-continental-team#comments Thu, 03 Jan 2019 09:03:21 +0000 http://africasteam.com/?p=32159 Read More →]]>

The Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental Team is once again set to provide a vital stepping stone towards the World Tour for aspiring u23 riders in 2019.

We are delighted to confirm our Dimension Data for Qhubeka continental team is set for its 4th full season based in Europe, in 2019. In what has become a clear pathway for African riders to the World Tour, we are excited for the journey that awaits our 11-rider class of 2019.

In the last 3 seasons alone, no less than 5 African riders have graduated to the professional ranks from our feeder team. Stefan de Bod is our latest success story having secured a neo-pro contract with our World Tour team in 2019, joining fellow alumni, Ryan Gibbons, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier and Nicholas Dlamini.

For the 2019 season, our squad will comprise of 6 African riders, 4 of which are new additions to the feeder team. 20-year-old Connor Brown from South Africa, 19-year-old Natnael Tesfazion from Eritrea, and 19-year-old Mulu Hailemichael and 20-year-old Million Beza from Ethiopia.

Both heading into their 3rd seasons with us, 2018 Tour of Rwanda champion Samuel Mugisha and our punchy Moroccan sprinter, El Mehdi Chokri will look to make the most of their final year as u23 riders.

For the 2nd year in succession our continental feeder team will be registered in Italy and based out of our service course in Lucca. The registration with the FCI and support from CONI allows our African riders to obtain sport permits, without which, racing for the full season in Europe is nearly impossible for most African riders.

As an Italian registered team though, it is mandatory that we have at least 4 Italian riders on our squad and so we are delighted to welcome back Matteo Sobrero and Luca Mozzato for the 2019 season. They will be joined by the talented 20-year-old duo of Alexander Konychev and Samuele Battistella.

The final rider on our roster is the Slovenian Zwift Academy winner, Martin Laveric. Laveric was one of 30 000 Zwift Academy entrants, who contributed to 850 Qhubeka bicycles being donated to kids in Africa. The 19-year-old was awarded his contract after winning the Zwift Academy final which took place at our 2019 World Tour team training camp in Cape Town last November.

In one final coup for our feeder team, we are happy to welcome former Italian professional and 2002 u23 World Champion, Francesco Chicci as Sports Director of Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental in 2019.

Kevin Campbell – Team Manager

Our U23 team has been truly successful over the past 3 years in introducing young riders to the rigors of racing at the highest levels of international cycling. All of our 2019 team members have already shown that they have talent in abundance and we hope to support their development as cyclists so that they can earn positions on the best professional teams in the world.

Naturally, while allowing our young riders to develop and improve, we also hope to achieve success in the races we compete in and we are hoping for victories in European and African events in 2019.

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2019: A New Look For Team Dimension Data https://africasteam.com/2019-a-new-look-for-team-dimension-data Tue, 01 Jan 2019 09:06:16 +0000 https://africasteam.com/?p=35520 Read More →]]> Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is delighted to reveal our new on-bike kit for 2019.

The cutting-edge design by our new partner Assos of Switzerland recently wowed our riders and staff when it was first revealed to them in mid-November. It will carry the logos of a number of key partners alongside that of title sponsor: Dimension Data.

The iconic Qhubeka hand will take up a striking position on the back of the jersey, reaching upwards. This is a key signifier of what the charity stands for in providing a “hand up” to the beneficiaries.

We are also delighted to share with you the redesign of our website where you’ll be able to find more information about our riders and staff, as well as our fantastic partners – www.africasteam.com.

“As a team we are incredibly excited about 2019 and a new fresh look is a fantastic way to see in the new year. When we first saw the early sets of kit designs from ASSOS at our team camp in Cape Town in November, we were all incredibly excited. So to be able to now present our kit is a proud moment,” said Team Principal Douglas Ryder.

“During the course of 2018 the Qhubeka hand became an iconic piece of our digital offering by way of our race posters and was hugely well received as fans sought it out. Its strategic placement on our new kit is really significant and speaks to the core essence of what drives our team, as we look to continue to change lives through bicycles.

“The new kit along with our new-look website are core pillars in the branding of the team and I’d like to extend a huge thanks to everyone who spent so much time in getting us off to the perfect start.”

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