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  1. The 32-year-old fell heavily after striking a bollard and was immediately assisted by race medical personnel, after which he was taken to a local hospital. Following medical imaging, it was determined that he avoided major injury in the incident. He did sustain a new rib fracture (5th) on the same side as the one that he damaged in the opening stage of Tirreno-Adriatico (7th). He also has bruising and abrasions consistent with the scale of the crash as well as a possible “ligamentous ankle injury” that will require further assessment once he returns home on Saturday. The team would like to extend a big thanks to everybody who has sent messages of concern; and we will keep you updated as and when, should additional information become available.
  2. If anybody had thought that today’s final stage would be a sprint parade into Cardiff, they were quickly proven wrong. Countless attacks occurred in the opening kilometers and the peloton was strung out right from the beginning. After 30 km of racing, the riders were all over the road with the pack split up into four different groups. Ultimately, 35 riders managed to get off the front. The group later grew to over 50 riders but never more than that. The rest of the peloton got distanced by several minutes, leaving the front riders to fight for the stage and the overall victory. Multiple riders tried to get away on the final kilometers but nobody seemed to succeed. Boasson Hagen put in a strong attack with 7 km to go, but his rivals were quick to react and bring him back. It looked like the stage would finish in another bunch sprint but with 3 km left to go, Boasson Hagen found energy to attack once more. This time, he immediately got a gap on the peloton as he threw his Cervélo bike through the slippery corners towards the finishing line. The teams of the sprinters did their best to bring back the Norwegian but nobody could catch Boasson Hagen who kept the chasers at bay and soloed to victory. Lars Boom (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) managed to hold on to his leader’s jersey to win Tour of Britain overall, while Boasson Hagen’s impressive stage victory landed him 10 bonus seconds, which saw him move up to second place in the general classification. Stefan Küng (BMC Racing Team) finished third. It feels good to finally get this victory. We had a plan from the beginning of the day for me to try to attack with two or three kilometers to go. It was great to be at the front and I’m happy I moved up to second place overall. I’ve had a nice week with the team and I’m happy to finish it off like this. Edvald Boasson Hagen
  3. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will have 7 riders competing for national honours in Paarl this weekend, hoping to have the honour of wearing our national flag on their jersey for the duration of the 2017 season. Jaco Venter, is our defending champion in the elite men road race category but unfortunately Venter will not be able to defend his title personally, due to illness ruling him out of competition. Stefan de Bod is the defending champion in both the u23 time trial and road race categories, and will be racing both championship events once again this year. Stefan de Bod will be joined by Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Nic Dougall, Ryan Gibbons, Nicholas Dlamini and Louis Visser in representing our African Team at the championships. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka don't get to race on home soil much during the course of the year and so the national championships are certainly a goal event for our South African riders. The tough nature of the course in Paarl will suit our team and we will be looking to take gold in all 4 races we compete in this week. u23 Individual Time Trial (39.8km) - 9 Feb Stefan de Bod Nicholas Dlamini Louis Visser Elite Individual Time Trial (39.8km) - 9 Feb Reinardt Janse van Rensburg Ryan Gibbons Elite and u23 Road Race (180km) - 12 Feb Reinardt Janse van Rensburg Jacques Janse van Rensburg Nic Dougall Ryan Gibbons Stefan de Bod Nicholas Dlamini Louis Visser Ryan Gibbons - Rider I am excited to be able to race back in South Africa with the team. We've all got a bit of racing in the legs already this year and seem to be going quite well. We are not quite a full team and losing Jaco to illness this week was a big loss but I'm pretty confident we have enough to pull off a good result. Naturally, we want to keep the road title in the team but Reinardt is really looking good so hopefully we can pick up the TT title too. I'm very much looking forward to a good week of racing here. Team Dimension Data For QhubekaFounded in 2007, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka became the first ever African cycling team to gain a WorldTour license, in 2016. In the team’s palmares you can find a Milan-Sanremo victory, numerous stage wins at the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, two Tour of Britain GC victories, and 36 National Championships. The team has bases in South Africa, the Netherlands and Italy. It’s also known as Africa’s Team due to its focus on helping African talents to the world stage of cycling. The team races to raise funds for the Qhubeka Charity to mobilise people on bicycles in Africa. To contribute to the #DoYourPart campaign, click here. Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”, “to move forward”. Qhubeka (qhubeka.org) is a global non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation through the power of bicycles. Dimension Data (dimensiondata.com) uses the power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era. As a member of the NTT Group, we accelerate our clients’ ambitions through digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, and cybersecurity. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion, offices in 58 countries, and 31,000 employees, we deliver wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. We’re proud to be the Official Technology Partner of Amaury Sport Organisation, organiser of the Tour de France, and the title partner of the cycling team, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. Learn more about the team at www.africasteam.com.
  4. Last year, having our continental feeder team based in Europe for its first full season presented numerous challenges to both riders and staff. The team was able to pick up 8 race victories on the African continent, including 3 u23 national titles but it was the strong performances in the European u23 events where our riders developed best. The most significant moment of the year came at the Coppa della Pace where Keagan Girdlestone was involved in a life-threatening crash. The highlight of our season has been to see the progress Girdlestone continues to make with his recovery, and having his good friend Ryan Gibbons graduate from the Continental Team into the World Tour squad for the 2017 season. Ethiopian champion Hafetab Weldu, Getachow Astbha, Joseph Areruya, Samuel Mugisha, El Mehdi Chokri and Louis Visser will be the new young faces joining our feeder team for the 2017 season. Each of these riders was carefully handpicked by our management team after showing consistent results and promise over the last two years. Continuing with our feeder team for their second year is double South African u23 champion, Stefan de Bod as well as Nicholas Dlamini, Metkel Eyob, Amanuel Gebreigzahbier and Jun Rey Navarra. With the average age in the team just 21 years old, we believe we have the best young talent the continent of Africa has to offer. Just as exciting as the new prospects we have signed is the addition of South African coach Andrew Smith to our continental squad management team. As Head Coach of the UCI World Cycling Centre Africa, Smith has been instrumental in the development of a number of African riders, many of them having already graduated to our World Tour team. Currently based in Aigle, Switzerland at the UCI World Cycling Centre, Smith's experience and mentorship will be key in transforming this talented group of riders into Africa's next generation of World Tour professionals. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental has already got its season underway with a preseason training camp in the Western Cape, South Africa. The u23 South African National Championships will be the team's first key objective before competing in several domestic events in South Africa until mid-March. The feeder team will then relocate to our training base in Lucca, Italy until the season concludes at the end of October. Our 2017 Continental Team represents the next generation of African talent. Our diverse team represents 5 African nations, individually inspired and connected through their shared dream of a pro cycling career. This season we have specifically recruited younger riders to allow each individual a realistic 2-3 year talent development timeline. We have a solid EU based race program from April through October, which includes a robust selection of U23 EU events. These events offer the riders opportunity to test and hone their talent and skills among their peers. We look forward to a new level of performance in Europe this season. Nicholas Dlamini, Stefan de Bod, Metkel Eyob and Amanuel Ghebreigzhabier will leverage the form and experience gained with our team last year; for results. Our new riders have already demonstrated their performance potential in African racing, and we look forward to guiding their next step. We’re grateful for the shared vision of our sponsors and leadership, which allows us to offer the opportunities, mentorship, support and development pacing needed by African riders to bridge the gap to a professional cycling career. Dr Carol Austin - Continental Team Principle 2017 Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental DE BOD, Stefan - South Africa (20yrs) DLAMINI, Nicholas - South Africa (21yrs) VISSER, Louis - South Africa (18yrs) ARERUYA, Joseph - Rwanda (21yrs) MUGISHA, Samuel - Rwanda (19yrs) ASTBHA, Getachow - Ethiopia (20yrs) WELDU, Hafetab - Ethiopia (20yrs) EYOB, Metkel - Eritrea (23yrs) GHEBREIGZAHBIER, Amanuel - Eritrea (22yrs) CHOKRI, El Mehdi - Morocco (20yrs) NAVARRA, Jun Rey - Philippines (24yrs)
  5. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental is all set for its second season with 11 exciting young prospects making up the squad for 2017. As the feeder team to our World Tour outfit, the continental team will see 6 new African riders join the squad which will race a predominantly European calendar once again. Click here to view the article
  6. In 2009, the inaugural edition of the Tour du Rwanda took place and we had Adrien Niyonshuti, who was part road rider and part mountain biker for our African Team back then, compete in the event. Niyonshuti went on to finish 3rd overall that year and he would be the first of a number of our riders to grace the Tour du Rwanda podium in the years that followed. 'The Tour du Rwanda is a really important race for Team Dimension Data because it is one of the biggest races in Africa. It is part of the UCI African Tour calendar and it has become a great race. You can ask nearly all of my African World Tour teammates, I think we have all done this race more than once each and they will tell you it is a great race. This race really helps to develop African riders because the organisation and competition is always very good", Niyonshuti says. "For a race in Africa the Tour du Rwanda also gets some good coverage and this is because the federation and the government support the race so well. They really work hard to make it a good race. It is an excellent advert for African cycling and also for world cycling actually, you will see how many fans come to watch." "The Tour du Rwanda is one of the most beautiful races I have done in my career with amazing green landscapes, wonderful winding mountain roads and an amazing amount of spectators", fellow Dimension Data for Qhubeka rider Jacques Janse van Rensburg states and adds: "That being said, it’s also one of the hardest races on the African continent! The level is really good there with some European teams also competing with the best of Africa! Definitely a great race for the development of young riders, preparing them for European racing. Myself, and all other African riders on our World Tour team did the Tour du Rwanda before and it was a great and important race for us!" Jacques Janse van Rensburg was one of the 5 of African riders who formed part of the first ever African registered team that took part in the Tour de France last year, which only underlines the competition in Rwanda. Especially, the 2010 edition of the race was very good to three of our current World Tour riders, Daniel Teklehaimanot won the overall, Natnael Berhane was 2nd and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg was 3rd. Racing as MTN-Qhubeka in 2011, Dylan Girdlestone, brother of our continental team rider Keagan Girdlestone placed 3rd overall and in our African Team’s colours, Louis Meintjes finished 2nd overall during the 2013 edition. As the Tour du Rwanda grew in popularity, and year in year out the crowds flocked to the roadside by their thousands, the race became the event where the cream of the African cycling talent crop always rose to the top. Merhawi Kudus (6th in 2012), Valens Ndayisenga (2014 winner) and Metkel Eyob (4th in 2015) are 3 more riders who enjoyed success in Rwanda before joining our African Team. Now, taking place over 8 days throughout the Rwandan countryside, the Tour du Rwanda is the perfect platform for young African riders to showcase their talent. This year, our Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental team will send Rwandan National Road Race champion Bonaventure Uwizeyimana,Valens Ndayisenga, Amanuel Gebreigzabhier, Metkel Eyob and Junrey Navarro to line up against 14 other 5-rider teams. While our continental team is focused on riding away with the overall honors at this years Tour du Rwanda, we look forward to some exciting racing against the best emerging talent in African cycling. "Even though I can’t race this year I am happy the Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental team is racing", Niyonshuti continues. „I have been helping them prepare for this race for the last few weeks and they are looking really good." The Tour du Rwanda has established itself as one of Africa’s major stage races and has helped a lot of African riders to develop theirselves. It is a great pleasure for our African team to come back to this race. "We have always liked to come and to play a relevant role at the Tour of Rwanda. We will once again try to leave our mark here as, in terms of race quality, it’s a very important stepping stone for African riders to grow. We have seen this with quite a few of our own riders who are now enjoying some good success in renowned European races. It would be great, if the Tour of Rwanda could become even bigger in the future, as this would help to further grow the level of racing here and allow for more big teams to take part", concludes Dimension Data for Qhubeka team principal Douglas Ryder. Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental at Tour du Rwanda Bonaventure Uwizeyimana [Link] Valens Ndayisenga [Link] Amanuel Gebreigzabhier [Link] Metkel Eyob [Link] Junrey Navarro [Link]
  7. While the European professional season may have ended a few weeks ago, on Sunday one of the most important races on the African cycling calendar gets underway in the form of the 8th Tour du Rwanda. Our African Team has a long history with the UCI 2.2 event and we are delighted to be able to send our Dimension Data for Qhubeka Continental team to the event this year. Starting with a prologue on Sunday, the race then takes in 7 undulating road stages before finishing in Kigali next Sunday, 20th November. Click here to view the article
  8. In the first nine stages, Dimension Data’s technical team in the mobile big data truck travelling at Le Tour have processed data of 59.70 million records, and have rolled out 5,400 metres of cabling to date. During the first nine stages there were four sprint finishes. While Mark Cavendish of Team Dimension Data won three of them, that didn’t make him the fastest man on the road. Marcel Kittel (EQS) recorded the high speed of 74.27 km/h on stage 6. The longest time that the riders were in the saddle was 05h 59’ 54’’ on stage 3. During stages 7, 8, and 9 in the Pyrenees, the riders climbed 9,000 metres which is higher than Mount Everest, with the slowest average speed on a single climb ranging from 13.6 km/h to 15.8 km/h. Other statistics include: 162.5 km (stage 7) - shortest distance travelled in one day 237.5 km (stage 4) - longest distance travelled in one day 196.6 km - average distance travelled each day 44.35 km/h - highest average speed on a stage (stage 1) Race leader, Chris Froome, had an average speed of 39.67 km/h during the first nine stages Dimension Data said the rider data processed in its hybrid cloud solution is using over 100 virtual servers leveraging 300 unique cloud services that are delivered at 99.999% availability. Another technology highlight is 198 rider in 22 teams generate 42,000 spatial points and 75 million geospatial points. Adam Foster, Dimension Data’s Group Executive, Sports Practice said, “The new next-generation tracking devices under the rider’s saddles have increased the data capture coverage range ten-fold: from 100 metres in 2015 to 1,000 metres this year. This means we can tell richer and more enhanced stories as they happen, giving viewers, the media, cycling fans and race commentators deeper insights into some aspects of the sport that weren’t available until now.” Click here to subscribe to the Tour de France Data Analytics in Action after each stage Visit dimensiondata.com/tourdefrance Visit dimensiondata.com/livetracking Follow @letourdata on Twitter
  9. Dimension Data, the global ICT organisation processing and analysing the data coming from the next-generation tracking devices under the Tour de France rider’s saddles has released a summary of the data the company processed and analysed for the first nine stages. Click here to view the article
  10. For Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka it was a magical day, taking the start in Saint-Lo as the leaders of the Tour de France thanks to Cavendish's terrific victory on stage 1. With the yellow jersey in our African Team camp, the crowds flocked to the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka bus, just to catch a glimpse of our Manxman before the 183km stage got underway. Even though the rain fell quite consistently at the stage start, the yellow jersey shone brightly at the front of the peloton as our African Team took its place at the head of affairs from kilometer zero. 4 riders, Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo), Vegard Breen (Fortuneo), Paul Voss and Cesare Benedetti (Bora-Argon18) got the early jump on the pack and our African Team were happy to let them go 6'30" up the road. With Cavendish protected up at the head of the peloton, Steve Cummings, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Natnael Berhane set a constant tempo for the majority of the stage. Cumming's showed his strength by controlling proceedings for close on 100km all by himself. With a number of stage favourites in a variety of teams, some assistance was expected but it wasn't until 30km to go when eventually BMC Racing came to the fore. As the lead group made its way toward Cherbourg, Benedetti was dropped and the peloton began to slowly close the 3'35" gap to the 3 leaders. At the 10km to go marker, there was an unclassified climb that would put an end to Voss and Breen's hopes but Stuyven pushed on. The final 3km saw a constant rise to the finish and this is where the final showdown would take place. Stuyven began the final climb with a minute advantage but it would prove to not be enough. Tinkoff put in a big acceleration to close the gap and set up Sagan for victory. As expected, the climb saw Cavendish being distanced resulting in the yellow jersey being relinquished to Sagan. That took nothing away from a historical day, where for the first team ever, an African Team held the Tour de France yellow jersey. Initially, we had hopes of Edvald Boasson Hagen contesting for the stage win today too, but after the Norwegian's crash yesterday, he wasn't able to follow the front runners up to Cherbourg. Serge Pauwels would be our African Team's best placed rider on the stage in the end, finishing in 38th, 17 seconds off the pace. We won the yellow jersey yesterday and it was a great team effort. It was an impressive victory of Mark. Today the plan was to show respect to the yellow jersey, if you have it you have to ride and defend it. We wanted an early breakaway and then to stay in control of the race. Four guys got away and they got more time than what we were hoping for because they had a really strong ride. We committed Steve Cummings and he did a brilliant job and then we asked other riders to join in and keep it controlled. We knew in the final there would be big time gaps. Edvald was our guy and he really made it quite far, Cavendish was trying to hold on as long as he could. It worked out until 2km to go and then Mark paid for his efforts, he was on the limit. Edvald crashed yesterday at 65km/h so we had our doubts if he would be healthy enough. He has the shape, he proved it at nationals but that big hit he took yesterday just took away that 2% he needed to be present at the end. Rolf Aldag - Head of Performance
  11. In 2015, City of Jo’burg identified Orlando as an area in which to distribute bicycles after having constructed dedicated cycle lanes in the area, sponsored by the German KfW Development Bank. The school in Orlando – Noordgesig Secondary School – was selected by the regional councillors of the City of Joburg as part of the city’s plans to create a cycling-friendly city and to reduce traffic congestion in the city. The city has already distributed some 330 bicycles into the area through matching funds provided by private sector sponsors. Dimension Data, in partnership with the City of Jo’burg and Qhubeka, has already sponsored 344 bicycles to learners at three high schools in Orlando, Soweto. The 55 bicycles being distributed today were funded by five Dimension Data cycling teams who participated in the 2015 Absa Cape Epic. These teams were made up of Dimension Data employees who not only trained and rode the Absa Cape Epic but also raised funds for bicycles for schoolchildren to ride to school.Grant Bodley, CEO Dimension Data Middle East and Africa said, “At Dimension Data, we are passionate about education and the power it has to change lives and transform society. Through this partnership with Qhubeka, we can ensure that more children remain in school and are able to realise their ambitions.” The Urban Scholar Bicycle Programme has been developed through collaboration by the City of Jo’burg, the Department of Transport, school principals and school governing bodies, South African Police, Community Police Forum and Qhubeka. Learners considered for the programme are required to meet certain qualifying criteria to be able to receive a Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycle. Recipients are chosen according to their need and are required to make a small financial contribution towards bicycle maintenance, provided by Qhubeka-trained and certified bicycle field mechanics. “Qhubeka is an Nguni words that means “to progress”, and we really believe that these bicycles will help their new owners to progress at school and in life,” says Qhubeka Executive Director Sarah Phaweni. “We are thankful to City of Jo’burg and Dimension Data for partnering with us to help change these schoolchildren’s lives for the better with bicycles.” Dimension Data is the title sponsor of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, Africa’s first World Tour cycling team, and is thus supporting the team’s #BicyclesChangeLives campaign, which aims to raise funds for 5 000 bicycles for Qhubeka and World Bicycle Relief programme recipients during 2016. The 2015 #BicyclesChangeLives campaign funded 5 020 bicycles, which were distributed to schoolchildren in Africa. This year, the 5 000 bicycle target is aimed at providing bicycles to adults as well as schoolchildren across Africa to improve people’s mobility and thereby their access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. Qhubeka is World Bicycle Relief’s programme in South Africa. World Bicycle Relief is a global non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation. Since Qhubeka’s founding in 2005, it has delivered more than 60 000 specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to people across South Africa.
  12. Dimension Data, in partnership with the City of Jo’burg and Qhubeka, today delivers 55 brand new Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycles to high school students in Orlando, Soweto. The bicycle distribution is part of the ongoing Urban Scholar Bicycle Programme – a partnership between City of Jo’burg and Qhubeka, which aligns with the city’s goals of sustainable development and Qhubeka’s vision of building communities of excellence powered by bicycles. Click here to view the article
  13. Dimension Data has signed a five-year deal that will see the company become the Official Technology Partner to the Absa Cape Epic from 2016 through 2020. Sport is evolving and technology has become an integral part of the sporting experience, from the management and execution of the sporting events, to the way the players and participants utilise technology to aid in their training, the use of wearables and using data to track their progress. Viewers and fans demand so much more from watching and following their favourite sports events, whether live or on television. Viewers want real-time information, thus data has become a critical aspect of the sports viewing experience. Dimension Data looks forward to using its key learnings and leveraging some of the innovative technology solutions it showcased at the Tour de France. Grant Bodley, CEO, Dimension Data Middle East and Africa says, “Cycling is becoming a high-tech sport and Dimension Data is proud to extend our partnership with the foremost mountain bike stage race in the world. We look forward to bringing a new level of innovation to the Absa Cape Epic over the next five years. We are also excited to continue our partnership with Qhubeka, our employees who will be riding the Epic this year have once again committed to raising money for this worthy cause.” Dimension Data’s long-term vision is to assist the Absa Cape Epic in remaining the greatest mountain bike race in the world through fan interaction. Following last year’s successful, award-winning, campaign where Dimension Data enabled the live reading of messages of support to the riders – this year the company has taken this one step further and has created a platform where friends, family and fans can record video messages that will be played to the riders as they ride past the Dimension Data hotspot. Additionally, Dimension Data will also enable Internet connectivity at all the race villages along the route. All the riders, crew, media and sponsors will have free Wi-Fi access throughout the event, enabling them to stay in touch with their families and loved ones, whilst the media will take the race to millions of cycling enthusiasts around the world by uploading images and videos from the race. The connectivity provided will also enable the medical facilities to access medical records for faster treatment. CEO Lynn Naude says, “The Absa Cape Epic is widely regarded as the world’s premier international mountain bike stage race and we are delighted to have Dimension Data at the race as they are a global technology giant with proven capabilities and reliable technology solutions. The race runs along gruelling terrain, and the ability to provide robust connectivity and exploring the use of data analytics brings a new dimension to the race that has the ability to transform the competitive world of mountain biking.”
  14. Dimension Data is excited to once again partner with the Absa Cape Epic, billed as the world’s premier mountain bike race. The race is scheduled to start on 13 March 2016, and will run for eight days, over some of the most scenic and gruelling territory in the Western Cape. Click here to view the article
  15. Mekseb has been one of the most successful riders on the UCI African Tour this year, picking up no less than 7 victories which included 2 stage wins at last months Tour du Rwanda as well as the overall GC win at the International Tour de Blida earlier in the year. The Tour d’Algerie and Tour of Eritrea GC victories are also among the 24 year old Eritrean’s palmares. With all of his success coming on the African continent thus far, it will take some time for Mekseb to adapt to a full European calendar but we believe his punchy climbing talent coupled with his fast finish will make him a rider to watch in the not too distant future. The experienced Igor Anton will also represent Africa’s Team next season, adding depth to our teams climbing contingent. Igor is already a well known rider, with a number of prestigious victories to his credit. Stage wins at the Giro d’Italia as well as at the Vuelta a Espana, Igor’s pedigree is well established. With a stage and the overall victory at the Vuelta Asturias this year, the 32 year old has also shown he still hungry for success after 11 years as a professional. It’s hard for me to describe in words how I feel about joining this team. It’s a dream come true for me after five years of longing to joining Africa’s Team, which will race as Team Dimension Data next year. Mekseb Debesay – Rider I always like riding my bike but joining this team adds another dimension to it due to its cause. Knowing to race for a greater good is something that I feel very special about and am very much looking forward to. It’s certainly a fortunate feeling. I always wanted to continue my career, but liked the idea to join this team. It feels like a good group of people and I’m really motivated to pin on my first number in the new outfit. Igor Anton – Rider
  16. We are delighted to announce that the young Eritrean talent, Mekseb Debesay will join Team Dimension Data for the 2016 season as will the Spaniard, Igor Anton. Click here to view the article
  17. It is a historic day in the world of cycling and for the continent of Africa as for the first time, Africa will have a team represented at the highest level of the sport. While we were always hopeful of making it into the World Tour, the excitement of today’s announcement has been met with great joy among our team, partners and fans across the world. The realisation of this dream has only been made possible by years of hard work, strategic partnerships, incredible riders producing exceptional performances and support staff. We are delighted to rewrite the history books and place African cycling at the highest level in World Cycling. To our partners Dimension Data, Deloitte, Cervélo, Sapinda, Rotor and all the others that have believed in the future of this team thank you for your support in making this a reality. As a World Tour team we believe we will be able to mobilise more people on bicycles through the Qhubeka Charity and our #BicyclesChangeLives campaign. In addition, we are delighted to announce that we will be registering a UCI Continental in 2016. This team will be based out of our training center in Lucca, Italy and will allow our young, up and coming African riders to race a solid European season. This is incredible, I am so happy for this team, our partners and all the staff and riders that have worked so hard over the years to keep building this team to push beyond the boundaries and believe that anything is possible. To get this news on our training camp in Cape Town as we are bonding with our new team for the future is simply the best motivation to move forward into 2016. Douglas Ryder – Team Principal As the title sponsor, we’re extremely proud to be part of the team’s iconic rise from one of the five wild cards teams to ride in this year’s Tour de France to World Tour status. We look forward to accelerating our journey together and continue to play a role in developing African riders into professional cyclists who will compete in some of the world’s greatest cycling events. Brett Dawson – CEO Dimension Data
  18. The International Cycling Union (UCI) announced earlier today that our African Team, which will race as Team Dimension Data in 2016 has received a World Tour license for the 2016 season. Click here to view the article
  19. The team made history this year as the first African team to compete in the Tour de France alongside five other wild-card teams. The team’s tremendous successes in the race included: Wearing the prestigious King of the Mountain jersey for four days on the shoulders of Eritrean rider, Daniel Teklehaimanot – the first African rider to do so Stephen Cummings winning the 14th stage on Mandela Day Team finishing in fifth place overall in the Team competition out of a total of 22 teams Raising over 4,000 bicycles in their #BicyclesChangeLives campaign. We are incredibly excited to have Dimension Data become our new title partner. It enables us to continue to support the development of African cycling and the Qhubeka charity at the highest levels in world cycling. Cycling is such a high tech sport, and we’ve leveraged technology and data through our high performance team to build the bridge from racing in Africa to competing successfully against the best in the world on the global race calendar. Partnering with Dimension Data supports us more in this area, and will also help us be more connected with our growing fan base around the world. This is the next step in our journey and we look forward to accelerating our collective ambitions through this partnership. Douglas Ryder, Team Principal Dimension Data is proud to become the new title partner of this amazing African team. We’re a global technology organisation, and because the team leverages technology – both on and off the bike – are joint goal is to take the team and African cycling to new heights. In addition, we want to help develop African riders into professional cyclists who will compete in some of the greatest cycling events on the African continent and across the world. Brett Dawson, Dimension Data’s Group CEO Adam Foster, Dimension Data’s Group Executive – Communications, who is responsible for the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), which owns the Tour de France, and the Ryder Cycling relationships said: “We will work closely with Doug Ryder, his team, and its other partners to provide world class infrastructure, services, and race opportunities for the team’s riders to be successful. Our partnership, combined with harnessing the power of our technologies to drive transformation within the world of cycling, will help the team accelerate their individual and collective ambitions.” Dimension Data also confirmed it will continue to support Qhubeka and World Bicycle Relief’s initiative to put more children across the African continent on bicycles, and raise funds to purchase bicycles during the period of the partnership. Dimension Data is also the Official Technology Partner of A.S.O., and was responsible for processing and analysing the data collated from the riders via sensors located under their saddles at this year’s Tour de France. Through its beta live tracking site, millions of fans were able to follow the race and their favourite riders real-time for the first time. Over five million records were processed during each of the 21 stages, while 664,000 fans visited the race data site during the course of the tour. About Dimension Data Founded in 1983, Dimension Data plc is an ICT services and solutions provider that uses its technology expertise, global service delivery capability, and entrepreneurial spirit to accelerate the business ambitions of its clients. Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group. www.dimensiondata.com.About Ryder Cycling Ryder Cycling founded Team MTN-Qhubeka in 2007, steadily working its way up from a regional team to now being a Continental Pro team with bases in South Africa and Italy. The team rides for a purpose to assist in developing cycling on the African continent with the goal to give talented African riders a path into the pro peloton while raising funds for the Qhubeka Charity. In 2015, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung created a campaign to help them mobilise 5,000 kids on bicycles. Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”, “to move forward”. Qhubeka (qhubeka.org) is World Bicycle Relief’s program in South Africa. World Bicycle Relief (worldbicyclerelief.org) is a global non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation. Since World Bicycle Relief’s founding in 2005, it has delivered more than 220,000 specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to people in need. To contribute to the#BicyclesChangeLives Campaign, click here.
  20. We are extremely happy to announce that Dimension Data, the global ICT solutions and services provider, will become the new title partner of Ryder Cycling, which owns and manages Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, Africa’s only UCI Professional Continental Cycling Team. Effective 1 January 2016, the team’s new name will be Team Dimension Data. Click here to view the article
  21. Lubabalo Dyantyi, Executive Director, Public Sector – Dimension Data Middle East & Africa at Dimension Data says, “In this region some learners walk for more than 60 minutes or over 6km to get to school. By the time they arrive, they are exhausted. Distance to school is a barrier that can be eliminated by using bicycles – with the bicycles we are donating to the learners, their time spent travelling to school will be reduced by up to 75%.” The recipient schools in Soweto are Noordgesig Secondary School, Orlando High School and Bona Comprehensive School. They were selected by the City of Jo’burg, which has been working closely with the Department of Transport over recent months, as well as the high schools’ governing bodies and principals, to set up a sustainable bicycle distribution programme in the area. Learners are required to meet certain qualifying criteria to be able to receive a Qhubeka Buffalo Bicycle, which is a robust bicycle engineered specifically for African terrain and load requirements. Learners selected for the programme will also be supported with bike safety and maintenance training, provided by Ekasi Cycle and Bhoni4Kasi, a cycling organisation that aims to address cycling challenges within Soweto communities. “The Sowetan cycling scene is changing and we aim to be pioneers of this change,” says Bhoni4Kasi’s Raymond Rampolokeng. Bhoni4 Kasi’s main focus is introducing cycling and creating club structures in and around Soweto, including focusing on bike riding skills development projects for schools, encouraging school cycling as form of transport, furthering road signage understanding and responsible cycling, greening the community, advocating for cycling infrastructure in the communities, bicycle recycling and upcycling, bicycle tours and even bicycle birding. The City of Jo’burg has also built dedicated cycling paths in Orlando, stretching over 5km and in close proximity to the schools that will be receiving the sponsorship. The cycling paths provide a safer way for children to cycle to school. Dyantyi continues, “As a technology company, we feel passionate about improving learners’ access to information technology within the education system. One way of doing this is to ensure that they have the means to get to school. “Dimension Data's purpose is to accelerate the ambitions of not only our clients and our people, but also our society. We want to invest in our future and make a lasting impact. That is why we continuously invest in South Africa’s youth and education. We work with a number of organisations such as Qhubeka to make our vision a reality.” Qhubeka is World Bicycle Relief’s programme in South Africa. World Bicycle Relief is a global non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation. Since Qhubeka’s founding in 2005, it has delivered more than 58,000 specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to people across South Africa.
  22. We’re happy to announce that Dimension Data, the Official Technology Partner for ASO, which owns the Tour de France, has become a MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung sponsor. Representing the African continent for the first time ever, our nine-man team is one of five wild-card teams invited to ride alongside the 17 World Tour cycling teams at this year’s Tour de France which starts on Saturday. Click here to view the article
  23. The team is proud to receive a boost in support, and will work closely with Dimension Data during the multi-year contract on future technical developments that will help attract more people to the sport. In March this year, Dimension Data and ASO announced a five-year partnership that will see Dimension Data become the Official Technology Partner of ASO, and together, revolutionise the viewing experience of billions of cycling fans across the globe. When the Tour de France begins on Saturday, race broadcasters, commentators, and cycling viewing fans around the world will be able to follow all 198 riders in 22 teams real-time on television, as well as track the speed at which each cyclist is riding; where he’s positioned in the race in relation to other cyclists – all via a beta live tracking website, and enhanced information on their television screens. The 21-stage Tour de France covers 3.344 kms, and finishes in Paris on the Champs Elysees on 26 Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means ‘to carry on’; ‘to progress’; ‘to move forward’. During the Tour de France, as part of the team’s #BicyclesChangeLives campaign, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung aims to raise money to provide 5.000 bicycles to children in Africa. Dimension Data Executive Chairman, Jeremy Ord said, “For many thousands of people in Africa – particularly rural Africa – a bike is the only mode of transport. Whether it’s used to go to school, work, the market – and even by the sick to get to hospitals or clinics – the simple bicycle is a passport to freedom, of moving forward, and carrying on. Dimension Data is proud to support Africa’s Team, and at the same time, be able to make a difference to people in Africa.” Douglas Ryder, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung Team Principal said, “Partnering with Dimension Data on this multi-year contract is a fantastic opportunity for MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung. Apart from putting the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign on the global cycling map during Le Tour, the partnership will help our team move forward into the future. Dimension Data is an iconic South African headquartered organisation that has expanded globally, and their tag line ‘accelerate your ambition’ resonates with Team MTN-Qhubeka. Because the team leverages technology – both on and off the bike – the partnership will help take our team and African cycling to new heights.” Sarah Phaweni, Executive Director of Qhubeka said, “The support from big business is very valuable. We appreciate that Dimension Data has connected with the needs of South Africa, and are excited about the partnership and its potential to mobilise people.”
  24. The Masters category is fiercely contested and the sponsorship was immediately welcomed by legendary Dutch mountain biker Bart Brentjens, who won the Masters division in this year's Absa Cape Epic. “The Cape Epic is something magical and, as a mountain biker, you have to ride the Absa Cape Epic once in your lifetime. For a lot of riders this happens after they have turned 40 and are in the Masters category." “It’s great that Dimension Data have come on board as the Masters jersey sponsor,” said Bart, who also won the Absa Cape Epic overall in 2005 and has won the Masters category twice. “The category has become more and more competitive. It’s the biggest category and the level of competition is as high as the elite men … just at an older age.” Last week it was announced that Dimension Data had joined the Absa Cape Epic as a headline sponsor. The internationally-renowned IT infrastructure provider will be the Official Technology Partner to the Absa Cape Epic. It will handle all technology and communications aspects related to the race, including supplying equipment, personnel and support to deliver the IT service. Absa Cape Epic founder Kevin Vermaak said: “We’re extremely excited that Dimension Data has come on board as the Official Technology Partner for the Absa Cape Epic. We were looking for a partner with proven capabilities in providing IT communications in environments that require a high level of robustness and reliability." "Dimension Data’s proven pedigree in providing the type of connectivity that we require to take the event to millions of mountain biking enthusiasts around the world through the media made them an obvious choice to deliver this crucial service,” said Vermaak. Derek Wilcocks, Dimension Data's CEO for the Middle East and Africa, said: “This is a race that’s really about the triumph of the human spirit, and as a South African-born company, we have a deep passion for the continent of Africa. This is why we continually invest in initiatives that enable us to accelerate the ambitions of its people.” "Dimension Data particularly looks forward to showcasing how technology can connect participants and fans in real time,” said Wilcocks. "Adventure sports have become a showcase for new media with millions of devoted followers.” The eight-day Absa Cape Epic, staged annually in the Western Cape, has become the world’s foremost mountain bike stage race since the first event in 2004. It attracts the world’s leading professional riders and amateurs keen to test their limits in the rugged Western Cape countryside. Dimension Data will provide Race Village bandwidth and connectivity at all the sites for the media contingent as well as riders, crew, operations and sponsors. This involves providing a seamless service to at least 4000 devices accessing the networks at different route locations over the eight days of the race. The route launch for the 2015 race takes place on 22 October in Cape Town, and the race takes place from 15 – 22 March 2015. For more details visit www.cape-epic.com.
  25. Global information and communication technology giant Dimension Data has joined the Absa Cape Epic, the world’s foremost mountain bike stage race, as a headline sponsor. Click here to view the article
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