As we enter the new year, we are delighted to introduce our African Team for 2016. Racing as the first ever UCI World Tour team from the African continent, our official team name is Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka.
We are highly motivated to embark on this new journey, and to ride the unridden roads for African cycling, with the Qhubeka Charity as the motivation behind our mission. In Dimension Data, Deloitte, and Cervélo among all others we have passionate partners, incredible in their professionalism and dedicated in their support of our team.
There is much in store for the 2016 season, for the team, our partners, and our fans. We take on the new year with big and bold goals which include measuring our performance by the number of lives we will change through our ongoing support of our #BicyclesChangeLives campaign, with sporting goals for the Classics, the Grand Tours and some week-long stage races.
Douglas Ryder, Team Principal said: “2016 becomes our biggest step up in our team’s existence, the 1st division or WorldTour in cycling requires depth and consistency and I am confident that our riders and staff are ready for this incredible challenge. Most importantly we have been fortunate to receive support from the most incredible partners in so many areas and on so many levels on and off the bike. Our partners will help this team move forward successfully and ensure that the Qhubeka Charity remains at the forefront of everything we do as we continue to accelerate the ambitions of African cycling and make an impact that matters in the communities.”
Brett Dawson, Dimension Data’s Group CEO said, “In the past 10 months since Dimension Data entered the world of professional cycling, ASO appointed us as its Official Technology Partner. Then in July, we became a sponsor of Team MTN-Qhubekasponsor p/b Samsung. Today, we‘re very excited to officially become the title partner of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. We’re looking forward to accelerating the Qhubeka Charity and the ambitions of this amazing team as we continue to support their iconic rise from being one of the five wild-card teams invited to ride at last year‘s Tour de France for the first time, to becoming the first team on the African continent to participate in the UCI World Tour this year.”
As Team Dimension Data we are excited to unveil our new look and rebranding with the most notable change coming in the form of our new team colors. Our online presence will also be found with the following new addresses and handles:
Our complete 2016 squad comprises of 28 riders from 15 different nations with 13 of our riders
coming from the African continent. Here is our official 2016 team list:
Mark Cavendish (GBR) Stephen Cummings (GBR) Mekseb Debesay (ERI) Nicolas Dougall (RSA) Bernhard Eisel (AUT)
Tyler Farrar (USA) Omar Fraile (ESP) Nathan Haas (AUS) Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA)
Songezo Jim (RSA) Merhawi Kudus (ERI) Cameron Meyer (AUS) Adrien Niyonshuti (RWA) Serge Pauwels (BEL)
Youcef Reguigui (ALG) Mark Renshaw (AUS) Kristian Sbaragli (ITA) Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR) Daniel Teklehaimanot (ERI)
Jay Thomson (RSA) Johann van Zyl (RSA) Jaco Venter (RSA)