After spending two years in the World Tour squads Argos-Shimano and Giant-Shimano, Reinardt Janse van Rensburg will return to Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung for the 2015-2016 seasons. Janse van Rensburg burst on to the international cycling scene during the 2011 Herald Sun Tour with a stage victory whilst riding for the MTN-Qhubeka UCI Continental Team.
Janse van Rensburg confirmed his talent the following season by notching up a total of 14 victories, the most by any continental rider that year. Janse van Rensburg had attracted the attention of multiple World Tour teams and so moved on to Team Argos-Shimano in 2013, as he pursued his goals of racing in the World Tour. After 2 years with the Dutch squad where Janse van Rensburg formed an integral part of the teams’ formidable lead-out train, the young South African has decided to come home.
Rider – Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
I am very excited to return to MTN Qhubeka, after 2 years racing in the World Tour. I know the set-up and I am also keen to align myself with the ambitions they have as a team. From my previous time there, I know how professional and passionate they are. It is a set-up where I know I can perform to my best, and be successful. I keenly followed their many achievements during the past two years. I feel like I am going home.
I am proud to have been a part of the legendary sprint train of Team Giant-Shimano and am thankful for the 2 years I spent in the WorldTour with the team, the experience I gained there was invaluable for my development as a rider. I hope to apply what I learned there back to MTN Qhubeka.
Team Principal – Douglas Ryder
It is fantastic to have Reinardt Janse van Rensburg back in Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. It actually feels like he never left because over the last two years we have supported him at Giant-Shimano as if he was still on our team. Reinie brought us a huge amount of success which helped bring us our Pro-Continental license and also the support from our sponsors, showing them what is possible and that we could go to the highest levels of world cycling.
We are really happy that Reinie has come back to MTN-Qhubeka after two years in the WorldTour, with one of the most successful teams in world cycling. Reinie was hugely influential in getting our team to the level that it is at today and we look forward to getting him back to the many victories that he had in 2012.
Team MTN-Qhubeka was founded in 2007, steadily working its way up from a regional team to now being a Continental Pro team with bases in South Africa and Italy. It is participating in its first Grand Tour the Vuelta a España at the moment. MTN-Qhubeka’s goal is to give talented African riders a path into the pro peloton while raising funds for the Qhubeka charity.
Qhubeka is an Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa) word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward”. Qhubeka (qhubeka.org) helps people move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Having a bicycle changes people’s lives by increasing the distance they can travel, what they can carry, where they can go and how fast they can get there. To contribute to the #BicyclesChangeLives Campaign, click here.
MTN (mtn.co.za) is a long time supporter of Qhubeka and the team. Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator, connecting 210 million subscribers in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Learn more about the team at www.teammtnqhubeka.com