Welcome to the first episode of ‘Unclipped’ for 2021 – the unique Team Qhubeka ASSOS podcast bringing you key insights from inside Africa’s UCI WorldTour team. The fantastic journey the team has taken to establish itself at the highest level of the sport is well known, and it featured some incredible highs; but in late 2020 the dream looked all but over. With no major title partner secured for 2021, riders & staff were encouraged to look for employment elsewhere should opportunities to secure their own futures survived. Miracles seemingly do happen though as founder and principal Douglas Ryder not only saved the team in.
Team Qhubeka rider Marc Pritzen stormed to victory at the South African Road Race championships in Swellendam, claiming both the elite title and the under 23 title. On a fantastic day for the team in the Western Cape, Team Qhubeka ASSOS’ Nic Dlamini claimed the bronze medal. 21-year-old Pritzen currently rides for our UCI Continental team based in Lucca, Italy, and this victory saw him beat a number of professionals in claiming the biggest win of his career so far. A former winner of the 947 Ride Joburg as well as a stage victor at the Tour of Good Hope in 2019, Pritzen will now.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS founder and Team Principal, Doug Ryder, says that he was “very emotional” watching the team race for the first time in 2021, during the opening stages of Étoile de Bessèges, in France. Team Qhubeka ASSOS (formerly NTT Pro Cycling) is Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour cycling team and came very close to closing down at the end of 2020, after struggling to find a title sponsorship amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic. The end of the team would have ended the main pathway for riders from Africa hoping to ride in the pro peloton, and also bring the curtain down on Ryder’s dream, just.
Team Qhubeka ASSOS, Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour cycling team, has concluded preparations for the 2021 season after completing a successful final pre-season training camp in Spain. 25 riders, together with a full complement of staff, spent nearly two weeks in Spain following an intensive training schedule while also finalising plans and preparations for the season ahead. In 2021, Team Qhubeka ASSOS had 17 new riders joined the team including the likes of former Vuelta a Espana winner Fabio Aru, Simon Clarke, Kilian Frankiny, Robert Power and Sean Bennett. The European and Italian National champion – Giacomo Nizzolo – together with Victor Campenaerts and Nicholas Dlamini.
Douglas Ryder, the South African founder of NTT Pro Cycling, is thrilled to announce the next step in our team’s incredible journey, which sees us moving forward in partnership with the leader in performance cycling apparel, ASSOS of Switzerland, to create Team Qhubeka ASSOS. Since founding the team, Ryder’s ultimate dream has been to use the profile and success the team has developed on cycling’s global stage to promote its purpose: changing lives through bicycles together with the Qhubeka Charity. This call to action has been keenly felt by our riders, staff, partners and fans across the world and seen our team raise funds for more.
NTT Pro Cycling team principal Douglas Ryder remains confident that the team will be able to secure a solution to keep the team “on the road” in 2021. Speaking at a special virtual event for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, of which the team are ambassadors, Ryder was reflecting on the team’s overall journey, performances in 2020 as well as what the future may hold for Africa’s only UCI-registered WorldTour outfit. It was announced in early October that current title partner NTT Ltd. would not renew their sponsorship of the team; seeing Ryder in a race against time to secure the necessary funding to.
When NTT Pro Cycling takes to the start line of the 2020 Tour de France in Nice it will proudly mark an inspiring 10-year milestone for team principal Douglas Ryder and our association with the Qhubeka Charity. This partnership has seen the team play a major role in the efforts to assist young people and healthcare workers in rural communities across South Africa, with increased mobility seen as a key fundamental to improving lives. The team has funded over 30 000 bicycles during the period of its association, something that it’s incredibly proud of and which provides both our riders and staff the added inspiring element.
“At a time when we can’t move, we are still moved.” NTT Pro Cycling is proud to initiate ‘Be Moved’: a call to action to open our hearts to the humanity around us, as the world is currently gripped with the unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Be Moved’ comes about after a range of extensive team-wide discussions as to what the current global crisis means, not only to our cycling team but extended into our personal lives and communities across the world. This concept was created together with our partners at the T+W Content Creation Agency, world leaders in the art of storytelling. The.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were announced as winners at the prestigious Beyond Sport Global Awards 2019 in New York on Thursday as the Best Corporate Campaign or Initiative in the Sport for Good category. This is for our work with the Qhubeka charity. The award recognises organizations that are using their reach, resources and influence to effect change. Together with our partners, supporters, riders and staff we have funded over 27 000 bikes to Qhubeka. These funds are channelled into Qhubeka’s scholar mobility and mechanic training programmes, which help children to access education, help support skills development and job creation in South Africa. This year’s Beyond.
After 16 years, I’m proud to announce that 2019 will be my final year as a professional road cyclist. Looking back on my career it’s very gratifying to note the individual successes, as well as being a major component in victories for my team mates. Being a key part of these victories has certainly been a career highlight and motivated me to perfect the role of a lead out rider. Looking back, I have had a very fulfilling career as a professional cyclist both on the track and road. During this time I have been particularly lucky to have had many family members and friends.