Nicholas Dlamini has been selected to represent Team South Africa at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in July. He will be joined by Darryl Impey, Ryan Gibbons, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and in the Carla Oberholzer in the road cycling discipline. We wish them all the best! Nic’s full reaction is below..
Team Qhubeka ASSOS, Africa’s UCI WorldTour outfit, is delighted to announce our line-up for the 2021 Giro d’Italia. The 104th edition of the iconic event (8-30 May) will see the Italian duo of Giacomo Nizzolo and Domenico Pozzovivo spearhead our efforts in our 6th appearance at the race. Nizzolo, the current European and Italian champion, returns to his home race having last ridden in 2019, and will be looking to add another chapter to his own history with the event. Twice the winner of the points jersey – in 2015 and 2016 – the 31-year-old will be aiming for a first-ever stage victory in his ninth.
Meet Ro de Jonckere (Team Qhubeka ASSOS – Head of Logistics) who is responsible for the incredible effort it takes to move our uniquely diverse group of staff and riders across the world in one of sport’s most dynamic environments. With a team of over 80 people, along with our deeply valued partners and suppliers, she gives us some key insights into what it takes to get us all to the start line, over 265 days a year! What does your job (Head of Logistics) entail? The biggest part of my job is booking travel (flights, boats, trains) and accommodation (race hotels and travel hotels).
Team Qhubeka ASSOS is delighted to confirm the appointment of leading food scientist Dr. Samefko Ludidi, as the team’s official nutrition consultant for the upcoming season. Although high performance endurance sports – especially cycling – are often thought of as something that has much to do with precision work and the calculation of food portions down to the milligram, Team Qhubeka ASSOS will seek to highlight a different approach in its nutrition strategy: a more humane one. Under the leadership of Dr. Ludidi, the nutritional policy of the entire team will be optimized in the coming months. Ludidi, who is known for his down-to-earth and.
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.
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.
“Now I’m already thinking that my career cannot end like this. I will come back. You will see that I will make it.” This is the quote that NTT Pro Cycling’s Domenico Pozzovivo gave shortly after the serious crash he had while training in August 2019. It was a crash that saw him sustain injuries so severe that for many it would be apparent that their career as a professional cyclist would be over. His comeback to cycling’s top table is an incredible journey: one of grit, fight and determination that is an inspiration to all. Pozzovivo, following the completion of the opening two weeks.
NTT Pro Cycling is pleased to confirm the seven riders that will take to the start for Gent-Wevelgem and will also see a return to race attendance for our Head DS, Lars Michaelsen. A very experienced group consisting of Edvald Boasson Hagen, Michael Valgren, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg and Michael Gogl will all play crucial roles on a day in which the Kemmelberg will once again be key feature. German sprinter Max Walscheid will be looking to continue what he considers to be a run of good form in the role of the team’s ‘fast man’. While neo-pro Samuele Battistella and Rasmus Tiller will provide.
Full WorldTour squad will travel to Italy for a training camp that will also play host to a special Mandela Day event. NTT Pro Cycling will travel to Lucca, Italy, for a team training camp from 12-24 July, ahead of the resumption of the international cycling calendar. Our full WorldTour squad, barring Japanese champion Shotaro Iribe who is currently at home in Japan recovering from surgery, along with a core group of support staff and senior management, including Bjarne Riis (Team Manager) and Douglas Ryder (Team Principal), will all travel to the camp. Since the halt to proceedings following Paris-Nice in mid-March, our team have.
Team captained by Victor Campenaerts claim narrow victory in NTT Partner Challenge that also saw significant donations to the Qhubeka charity. The NTT Partner Challenge incredibly saw over 89 000 kilometres covered by the more than by 700 participants in a unique event held on the weekend of 27-28 June, celebrating NTT Pro Cycling and its partners. 14 teams, consisting of approximately 50 people, set out with a target to cover as a minimum the total distance of the 2020 Tour de France (3470km). Each team was captained by a rider from NTT Pro Cycling, that drew fierce but friendly competition and wonderful engagement across.