A truly historic day with an iconic image that has already been deeply engrained in cycling history: British pro cyclist Steve Cummings wins stage 14 of the 2015 edition of the Tour de France, marking the first ever victory for an African cycling team in the world’s most important bicycle race.
MET provided Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung with a special orange color edition of its new aero road helmet RIVALE. This helmet was only raced with during the stage on July 18, 2015. Steve Cummings' RIVALE helmet features his signature and name tag, making it a unique and distinctive piece of cycling history.
Earlier during the 2015 Tour de France, Eritrean pro cyclist Daniel Teklehaimanot marked another iconic milestone in cycling history: he was the first African cyclist to take the lead in the mountains classification of the Tour and wore the polka dot jersey with a matching MET RIVALE helmet during stages 7 to 9.
Both helmets, Cummings’ special edition RIVALE and Teklehaimanot’s polka dot RIVALE, will be put up for auction on Ebay starting December 19, 11:30am GMT+2 (10:30am CET) and ending on December 25, 2015.
MET RIVALE Cummings Tour de France Special Edition - 331734520287
MET RIVALE Teklehaimanot Polka Dot Special Edition - 331734522243
The auction proceeds will be donated to the Qhubeka charity, which helps people in South Africa to move forward and progress by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results.
The auction’s goal is to help Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung reach their goal to fund the last 98 bicycles of their “BicyclesChangeLives” project which seeks to fund bicycles for 5,000 school children in Africa.
MET Helmets is the leading European bicycle helmet manufacturer. Founded in 1987, MET looks back on a long history of innovations that constantly set new industry benchmarks for safety, comfort, performance and design. RIVALE is among the latest creations of the Italian company, an aerodynamic road cycling helmet that offers outstanding aerodynamic performance that is lightweight and provides a lot of ventilation.