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What does it take to be the first African cycling team to ride in the UCI WorldTour?

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was founded in 2007. Since then they have steadily worked their way up from a pro-continental team to riding on the WorldTour. They have bases in South Africa and Italy. They’re known as Africa’s Team thanks to their focus on helping African talents reach the world stage of cycling. They ride to raise funds for the Qhubeka charity to mobilise people on bicycles in Africa. #BicyclesChangeLives

Our journey to greatness

2007

First-ever African cycling team is founded

2012

Africa's first-ever UCI-registered Professional Continental cycling team

2013

19 UCI victories incl. Milan-San Remo, and National Championships of South Africa, Ethiopia, and Lithuania

2014

3 UCI victories incl. stage of Ruta Del Sol (Vuelta a Andalucia), and National Championships of South Africa

2015

First African cycling team to compete in the Tour de France and the first African to wear the polka-dot jersey. Stage win on Mandela Day at the Tour de France.

2016

33 race wins, 71 podiums, 8 national championships, 5 Tour de France stage wins, 1 Grand Tour jersey.

Qhubeka

Qhubeka is a Nguni word that means ‘to carry on’, ’to progress’, ’to move forward’.

In Africa’s rural communities, people often have to walk long distances to access basic services like healthcare, schools, and shops. In these communities, bicycles can change lives. Qhubeka mobilises people by providing them with bicycles in exchange for work done to improve communities, the environment, or academic results.

Our team isn’t only about winning races, it has another dimension which is just as important, maybe even more important … our ambition is to put more and more people on bikes in Africa.

Doug Ryder | Team Dimension Data Principal

Mobilising people with bicycles

Simply put, having a bicycle changes lives by increasing the distance people can travel, what they can carry, where they can go, and how fast they can get there.

500,000

children walk over 10km or over 60 minutes to school every day

62,982

bicycles were distributed since the charity’s inception in 2005

59%

improvement in the academic results of kids who ride a bicycle to school