While the 2017 cycling season concluded on the 24 October for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, planning for the 2018 season is well underway already. Our African Team descended upon Cape Town, South Africa, staying at the Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel between 12 November and 19 November for our 2018 season training and strategizing camp.
From medical assessments to performance goals, the riders and staff of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka have been preparing for what is set to be an exciting 2018. The camp in Cape Town has not been all meetings and presentations – the team has enjoyed hospitality from various team partners and team-building activities, with the highlight so far being yesterday’s Qhubeka bicycle distribution ceremony.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was able to provide 150 bicycles to the Charleston Hill Secondary School children, through donations raised via the team’s #BicyclesChangeLives campaign. The children are part of a Qhubeka Learn-to-Earn initiative, and the bicycles will help them to get to and from school more easily.
Each rider and staff member was personally able to present a bicycle to a Qhubeka beneficiary, and in doing so, the 2018 Team Dimension Data roster was also fully revealed. 27 riders from 10 different countries will represent our African Team in the UCI World Tour next year.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka 2018 Roster
Igor Anton, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Steve Cummings, Mekseb Debesay, Nic Dougall, Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Ben King, Louis Meintjes, Ben O’Connor, Mark Renshaw, Jay Thomson, Johann van Zyl, Julien Vermote, Natnael Berhane, Mark Cavendish, Scott Davies, Nicholas Dlamini, Bernie Eisel, Ryan Gibbons, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Merhawi Kudus, Lachlan Morton, Serge Pauwels, Tom-Jelte Slagter, Scott Thwaites, Jaco Venter
2018 will be a significant year for our African Team as we embark on an ambitious project, our 2020 vision, to place a rider on the general classification podium at the Tour de France. Our 2018 season goals form part of the building blocks to our 2020 vision.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka 2018 season goals
Raise 5000 bikes for Qhubeka
30 UCI race wins, including 10 World Tour
Grand Tour stage wins
Grand Tour Top 5 GC
Podium in classics (World Tour one-day race)
Top 15 World Tour team ranking
Douglas Ryder – Team Principal
The 2018 season holds great promise for our African Team with 6 exciting new additions to our squad. The new season will see the journey of our 2020 vision begin. Inspired by our #BicyclesChangeLives campaign, and with the support of our partners, we will look to make an impact that matters both on the road and by mobilizing the continent of Africa with bicycles.
Jeremy Ord – Dimension Data Executive Chairman
We’re excited to welcome the new riders to the team, and look forward to supporting Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka to achieve their long-term vision. Technology has the power to transform businesses in today’s digital world. We will apply our expertise to develop new, custom-designed technologies that will assist Team Dimension Data to achieve more wins, and raise funds to put more children on bicycles.
Jim Moffatt – Head of Deloitte Global Consulting
Deloitte was thrilled to support Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka during the 2017 cycling season and we can’t wait for the 2018 season to begin. We stand ready to support the team as they strive to meet both their professional and societal impact goals in the year ahead. They continue to build an outstanding team and, with the support of Deloitte, are well positioned to fulfill their 2020 vision of racing to the top of the podium at the Tour de France while continuing to make an impact on the lives of children across Africa.
Tsatsi Phaweni – Qhubeka Executive Director
We love being part of the Team Dimension Data training camp every year and introducing the riders and staff to some of the children who benefit from the bicycles that the team has funded. It’s always an emotional day as we’re all reminded of the reality that bicycles can change lives. To date, over 17 000 bicycles have been funded by the team since 2013, and we are thankful for their ongoing support in helping us to move more people forward with bicycles.