Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka are delighted to announce that 21-year-old South African, Kent Main will join our Continental Team, effective 1st April.
As our Dimension Data Continental Team prepare to relocate to our European base in Lucca, Italy, the squad has received a boost with the addition of Kent Main. Main who hails from Johannesburg, South Africa completes our Continental Team roster of 12 riders just ahead of our European season opening event, the 69th Trofeo Piva which takes place in Italy on 2nd April.
As the feeder team to our World Tour outfit, the Dimension Data Continental Team strives to develop the best young cycling talent on the African continent. Under the guidance of Nic White at Team RoadCover, Main has shown consistent improvement over the last few years which culminated in the biggest win of his career just last week, when he won the Tour of Good Hope.
Dimension Data Continental Team:[one-half-first]
Joseph Areruya (Rwanda)
Getachew Atsbha (Ethiopia)
El Mehdi Chokri (Morocco)
Stefan de Bod (South Africa)
Nickolas Dlamini (South Africa)
Metkel Eyob (Eritrea)[/one-half-first]
[one-half]Amanuel Gebreigzabhier (Eritrea)
Kent Main (South Africa)
Samuel Mugisha (Rwanda)
Junrey Navarra (Philippines)
Louis Visser (South Africa)
Hafetab Weldu (Ethiopia)[/one-half]
Dr Carol Austin – Dimension Data Continental General Manager
Kent is a talented South African U23 rider. We’ve been tracking his progress over the past couple of years and are pleased by his recent performances at the National Championships and BESTMED Tour of Good Hope. We look forward to supporting Kent’s further development within our professional team structure in Europe this season. The step up into the UCI European race level is substantial for all our young African talents. Our experienced and passionate support team position each rider for the best chance of success and realization of their “pro career” dream. We are thankful to our sponsors for their ongoing support of African Talent development through our Continental Team, and excited to have Kent on board.
Kent Main – Rider
I am very happy to have been given the opportunity to ride with the Dimension Data Continental Team. It has been a big goal of mine to make it into this team over the last year. I wanted to have good results at this year’s South African Championships and the Tour of Good Hope. So, the last few weeks have been quite crazy and the last few days completely overwhelming. It’s a good feeling to be joining such a professional set up like Dimension Data Continental and to ride for the Qhubeka initiative, well it’s honestly motivating. I’d like to thank all the guys at RoadCover and all my teammates for their support and showing me the ropes, even though I know I still have a lot to learn. I am hoping to make the most of this massive opportunity and grow from strength to strength.
Nic White – RoadCover Team Manager
At RoadCover we try to create an environment for riders to progress to the best of their abilities but we can only take them so far here in South Africa. With riders like Louis Meintjes and Ryan Gibbons both having benefited from our structures, it’s exciting for us to have Kent Main given this opportunity as well. It shows that what we are doing is working. Kent is a good young rider who has shown promise in the hills but he still has a lot to learn, we hope this stepping stone will give him the opportunity to learn, grow and progress in cycling. Our hope now is that we can have more riders come through our ranks so that we can give them the opportunity to move forward.