Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will start the UCI 1.1 GP Cerami on Thursday and the Belgian one day race is an important fixture for our African Team as it marks the return to racing for Bernard Eisel.
The Grand Prix Cerami is a 202km classic style race, ending with a tough circuit finish in Frameries. The race will include a number of typical Belgian cobbled climbs, including the Muur de Geraardsbergen, and so we expect only a small selection of riders to be competing for the victory come the 14km finishing circuit.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka are looking forward to taking part in this tough Belgian race, more so because Bernard Eisel will make his return to racing at the event. Our Austrian has not raced since Tirreno-Adriatica in March where he crashed heavily. Starting GP Cerami marks the completion of Eisel’s recovery process and we are extremely glad to have our road captain back.
Joining Eisel in making a return to racing in Europe is Mekseb Debesay. Debesay crashed at the Tour de Langkawi, also in March, and fractured his pelvis. While Debesay did start his national champs earlier this month, the GP Cerami is also his first race back in Europe.
Ryan Gibbons, Scott Thwaites, Jaco Venter, Nic Dougall and Lachlan Morton will complete our team that starts the GP Cerami.
Race graphic explained:
The Belgian road sign for cyclists is a unique illustration of a commuter in trousers and a jacket and a detailed bicycle to match.
With cycling so entrenched in the Belgian culture, one would only expect their road sign to be embellished.
We tweaked the graphic a bit – find the Qhubeka hand.