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How Team Dimension Data is changing lives, one bicycle at a time.

By October 26, 2018July 25th, 2020Newsletter

How Team Dimension Data is changing lives, one bicycle at a time.

October 26, 2018

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Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is a World Tour South African cycling team that is sponsored by Dimension Data Holdings. The team rides for Qhubeka, a charity programme that is dedicated to supplying bicycles to people in need in Southern Africa.

Team Dimension data riders: Africa’s Team

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was founded in 2007 and have worked their way up from a pro-continental team to riding on the WorldTour. Today they have bases in South Africa and Italy and their reputation as ‘Africa’s Team’ is due to their commitment to help African cyclists reach the world stage of cycling. Their primary focus is to raise funds for the Qhubeka charity.

 

With rides in the biggest races now assured thanks to its newly- appointed WorldTour status, the team has further bolstered its firepower with the signing of British sprinter Mark Cavendish. Cavendish has at his disposal one of the finest lead-out trains that will include key lieutenants Bernhard Eisel (Austrian) and Mark Renshaw (Australia).Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka has also confirmed the significant contract renewals of Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (South Africa), Ben King(USA) and Edvald Boasson Hagen(Norway),Tyler Farrar (USA) and British rider Steve Cummings who all have committed to the team for 2019.

Rest of the team:

  • Lars Ytting Bak (Danish)
  • Scott Davies(UK)
  • Stefan de Bod (South Africa)
  • Nic Dlamini (South Africa)
  • Enrico Gasparotto (Italian)
  • Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eritrean)
  • Jacques Janse van Rensburg (South Africa)
  • Roman Kreuziger (Czech)
  • Gino Mader (Swiss)
  • Louis Mentjes (South Africa)
  • Giacomo Nizzolo (Italian)
  • Ben O’Connor (Australia)
  • Tom-Jelte Slagter (Dutch)
  • Jay Robert Thomson (South Africa)
  • Rasmus Tiller (Norwegian)
  • Michael Valgren (Danish)
  • Jaco Venter (South Africa)
  • Julien Vermote (Belgian)
  • Danilo Wyss (Swiss)

#BicylcesChangeLives

Qhubeka is a Nguni word that means “to progress” and reflects the organisation’s belief that bicycles change lives by mobilising people, giving them access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, firmly supports this belief and has a mission to fund 5000 bicycles for people through Qhubeka.

How one bicycle changes a life

In Africa, a lack of transport means that children and adults have to walk long distances to get to work, school, jobs and clinics. In South Africa, over 12 million of the country’s 16 million walk more than two hours to school and two hours back. A Qhubeka Bicycle radically changes this, reducing their transport time by up to 75 percent.

With a bicycle, a child or an adult can travel four times faster than if they were walking. For every 16km travelled, a bicycle saves 3 hours of valuable time. In addition, a bicycle increases a child’s carrying capacity by five times and financially saves people the money they would normally have to spend on public transport.

5000 bicycles in 2018

In 2018, Team Dimension Data has committed to funding 5000 bicycles for Qhubeka. They strongly urge everyone to fund Qhubeka’s bicycles as every little bit helps – even if you just donate a few rands/dollars or euros.

Some of Africa’s most talented riders wear Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s colours in 2018, with two-times Tour de France top 10 Finisher, Louis Meintjies, spearheading the team. The team wholeheartedly believe in the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign and it remains a driving force behind their success.

 

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