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.
NTT Pro Cycling’s riders and staff, together with colleagues from the NTT Continental team, are joining forces with our partners in a “unique event” to commemorate the 2020 Tour de France. The two-day NTT Partner Challenge, taking place over the weekend of 27/28 June, will see over 700 people in 14 teams endeavour to cover the entire length of the 2020 Grand Boucle – 3470km. The nature of the event will seek to draw our team and our entire partner network even closer in a truly unique, fun fashion. Participants will either cycle, run, walk, swim or paddle board – or a combination thereof –.
Nic Dlamini is back on his bike in full training as he continues to make his comeback after breaking his arm at the end of 2019. Yet to race this year, Nic recently received the important all-clear to return to riding outdoors from our team’s medical department. We caught up with him to see how he was doing, his thoughts on the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games and what his remaining goals are for the season. Nic, in light of the current situation with the Coronavirus, where are you at the moment? At the moment I’m in Holland, it’s quite a big thing obviously.
Management [one-half-first]Douglas Ryder / Team Principal[/one-half-first] Health & Performance [one-half-first]Rolf Aldag / Head of Performance Bingen Fernandez / Sports Director Alex Sans Vega / Sports Director Dr Jarrad van Zuydam / Team Doctor Dr Stefan Jaeschke-Melli / Team Doctor Dr Felix Sikorski / Team Doctor Dr Thomas Labisch / Team Doctor Mattia Michelusi / Coach Trevor Court / Coach Dave Nichols / Coach [/one-half-first] [one-half]Dr Carol Austin / Head of Performance Support & Medical Jean-Pierre Heynderickx / Sports Director Roger Hammond / Sports Director Gino van Oudenhove / Sports Director Dr Adrian Rotunno / Team Doctor Dr Dirk Tenner / Team Doctor Dr Nicholas Theron /.