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  1. If you haven't seen this take a look. Ps. if this has already been posted apologies.
  2. Where it all began Like winemaking, cycling demands a balance of passion, flexibility and a relentless desire to discover more. So, when Nederburg entered into a professional sponsorship agreement with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka after the team’s first successful 2015 Tour De France ride, the partnership made perfect sense.But Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka aren’t just any cycling team. They ride for a cause. They ride for Qhubeka; a South African non-profit organisation, established in 2005 by Anthony Fitzhenry. Together Qhubeka and Nederburg believe that bicycles change lives, and you too can be part of the change. Working together to move people forward Qhubeka is an Nguni word meaning “to progress” or “to move forward”. A fitting name, as Qhubeka provides bicycles to connect people to schools, clinics and jobs. In communities where transport is limited and access would otherwise be restricted, these bicycles help people travel faster and further, and to carry more. By literally moving people forward, bikes act as tools for positive change.People “earn” bicycles through various programmes, like Qhubeka’s Learn-to-Earn Programme where children are rewarded for improved school attendance. People can also receive bicycles through improving their communities, the environment, getting involved in sports or providing healthcare and disaster relief to those in need. Qhubeka’s involvement in communities is sustainable, as these high-quality bicycles are produced at local assembly facilities by community members who’re trained as mechanics. Nederburg is home to one of these facilities. Here, 5 000 bicycles are produced to international standards every year. Each comes equipped with a helmet, pump, cable-lock and utility tool to ensure a safe and long-lasting relationship between bike and owner. Competition Closed Nederburg thanks everyone who pledged their support for Team Dimension Data and all those who very kindly donated to help Qhubeka move people forward. Well done to the winner: Mark C. (Western Cape)
  3. “Both Mercedes-Benz and Laureus enrich the lives of young people by enabling them to identify their personal strengths and learn how to get the best out of their abilities. But, to change the world for the better, we need to keep moving forward,” says Johannes Fritz, Co-CEO of Mercedes-Benz South Africa and Executive Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Mercedes-Benz, Qhubeka Charity and Real Bicycle Co. It is through the strong relationship between Mercedes-Benz and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation that Mercedes-Benz was introduced to Qhubeka Charity — a non-profit company that works to move people forward by improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs with bicycles. In 2017, Qhubeka Charity established a fully-owned bicycle design and manufacturing subsidiary, Real Bicycle Co. (RBC), which shares a hometown with the automotive manufacturer’s plant. Mercedes-Benz invested R20 million rand into RBC through an enterprise and supplier development fund. The move from importing and assembling bicycles to manufacturing them locally will contribute to job creation and skills transfer; stimulating the local economy and shaping the future of mobility. “We are excited to be producing our own bicycles through RBC. This wouldn’t have been possible without the buy-in of Mercedes-Benz South Africa, who provided not only the funding we needed to establish the factory, but their invaluable expertise in the automotive manufacturing environment,” says Anthony Fitzhenry, Qhubeka Charity founder. Having perfected the bicycle prototype, RBC is currently scaling its manufacturing capabilities. As well as being distributed through Qhubeka’s various learn-to-earn, work-to-earn and disaster relief programmes, RBC-built bicycles will be available for retail to the general public, presenting a new income stream for the charity. Mercedes-Benz will also procure 350 RBC-built bicycles from Qhubeka Charity. These will be donated to learners of Nyameko High School in Mdantsane, which is part of the company’s School Transformation and Empowerment Programme (STEP) programme. Mercedes-Benz and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka Mercedes-Benz South Africa will be the official vehicle sponsor for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, in a deal which will see the German automotive giant as the team’s official vehicle partner for three years. “Through this sponsorship, we hope to be able to continue the efforts to promote South African and African participation within the greatest spectator tournament in the world.“In fact, just last year, the Amaury Sport Organisation, the organisers of the Tour De France, agreed to fund one Qhubeka/RBC Bicycle for every rider in the Tour. That is, 176 bicycles in total as part of its ‘future of cycling’ initiative that will provide cycling equipment for children until 2020,” says Fritz. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, a Laureus Ambassador since 2014, will carry the three-pointed star on the collar of their jerseys, and drive a wide range of vehicles as they race across the globe over approximately 280 days in 2019. “Mercedes-Benz has been an incredible supporter of our Team Dimension Data UCI Continental Team in South Africa and the Qhubeka Charity, this shows how much they care about the development of people, sports talent and the mobility of communities. “To extend that partnership into the World Tour team is a real privilege where high performance and reliability across our demanding race schedule in multiple countries and varied terrain is critical to our success,” says Douglas Ryder, Team Principal of Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. “We are extremely proud of the ongoing work being done by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka and Qhubeka Charity. We are glad that we as Mercedes-Benz South Africa, can contribute towards the sustainability and expansion of this great work,” concludes Fritz.
  4. RBC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qhubeka, a charity that moves people forward with bicycles. Qhubeka has distributed more than 90 000 bicycles through its programmes to improve people’s access to schools, clinics, jobs and opportunities. Previously, bicycles were imported and then assembled in Qhubeka facilities in the North West and Western Cape provinces. With the establishment of RBC, Qhubeka has ensured that bicycles are now being manufactured locally, contributing to job creation, skills transfer and stimulating the local economy together with the Qhubeka bicycle assembly facilities in the North West and Western Cape provinces. RBC manufactures the Qhubeka Bicycles that are distributed into Qhubeka’s various programmes, and plans to design and manufacture other bicycle models in future. Bicycles are also available for purchase directly through RBC. “RBC is an end-to-end bicycle design and manufacturing entity that will help us to supply the best commuter bicycles in the world, as well as creating a new revenue stream for Qhubeka Charity, and employment and skills development opportunities in the areas in which we work,” explains Tsatsi Phaweni, director at RBC and Qhubeka. “RBC allows us to control our entire bicycle supply chain, as well as enabling Qhubeka to build partnerships with South African companies that align with the Codes of Good Practice. Through RBC, we are able to channel enterprise and supplier development (ESD) funding into a company that is designed to enable social change, while creating a quality product that meets a market need.” The initial funding for the establishment of RBC was acquired through an Enterprise and Supplier Development grant from Mercedes Benz South Africa, while Deloitte Consulting prepared the business plan for Real Bicycle Co. that helped to secure this seed funding. RBC has also been issued its SADC Certificate of Origin, which certifies that its bicycles meet the requirements of being manufactured in South Africa. This gives RBC the advantage of trading within the SADC region without incurring import duties, which helps to keep costs lower for customers. Countries that accept SADC certificates include: Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland form an additional customs union – the South African Customs Union (SACU) – with South Africa that allows free passage of goods without the SADC certificate. “South Africa once had a proud history of bicycle manufacturing and used to produce 500 000 bicycles a year during the heydays of the 1980s,” says Anthony Fitzhenry, Qhubeka founder and director at RBC. “Mass production eventually moved to Asia in pursuit of greater cost efficiencies, but we are hoping that RBC will re-shore bicycle manufacturing to South Africa and prove that we have the capacity to produce world-class bicycles at competitive prices. Our bicycles are built to outlast.”
  5. The two companies have come to a license agreement that gives Versus Socks the opportunity to retail an exclusive Qhubeka sock to the public. 20% of the purchase price of these socks goes towards funding Qhubeka Bicycles for people who earn them, improving their access to schools, clinics, and jobs. Qhubeka is always excited to partner with businesses who support the work we do. We love the idea that people can support a growing South African business and help us to fund bicycles for our programmes at the same time. Plus, I think the Versus socks look great! Lise Olivier, Marketing Manager at Qhubeka We love the Qhubeka Charity and the awesome work they do – literally changing people's lives with bicycles. We are super happy to have the opportunity to contribute to the Qhubeka Charity and help to fund more bicycles for people in Qhubeka programmes. These bicycles will help people to travel faster and further, and to carry more. Hanno Lategan and Jurgens Uys from Versus Socks The socks come in 2 colour variations, black or white, and retail for R130 per pair (with 20% of the purchase price going to the Qhubeka Charity). You can grab your pair today at a stockist near you, at the Cape Town Cycle Tour Expo or online at www.versussocks.co.za.
  6. You have recently teamed up with Qhubeka. What is your new role at the organisation? I joined Qhubeka part-time 3 months ago to help with Events and Ambassadors and also to contribute towards marketing. My main focus is to help ensure that the events that we host are implemented properly and to liaise with fundraisers to help them achieve their fundraising goals. I had been pestering Anthony Fitzhenry, the Founder, about working with them for a long time and so it is really great to finally be able to contribute more. Can you explain a bit about how the charity works and who benefits from it? Qhubeka provides bicycles to individuals who earn them in various ways. The individuals who receive the bicycles are from poorer communities and the bicycles allow them easier access to school, work, health care, and also become their transport around their towns for day-to-day tasks such as visiting friends or doing the shopping. The key is that the bicycles are earned through an organized programme. The recipients have shown that they truly want the bicycles. The way that people earn them varies from going to after-school programmes to growing trees to showing leadership in their work environment, so both adults and teenagers are all able to earn the bicycles in various ways. Photo credit: Donovon Thorne. You like doing extreme endurance events and activities. How have you managed to pair these activities with promoting Qhubeka’s aims? From my very first Everesting three years ago, I have always believed that if you do something that raises attention in a positive way then you should try using that to give back to a cause and, for me, Qhubeka has always been that cause. I have been lucky to do a few events now that are considered ‘not normal’ and people have been kind enough to say their 'well done' to me by donating to Qhubeka. I have seen this work in the past and will keep trying to do so in the future. The Climbing for Qhubeka campaign will run from 29 September to 1 October. Can you explain what it is and how people can get involved or contribute? Climbing for Qhubeka is heading into its 4th year now and has donated about 100 bicycles to Qhubeka thus far. It has traditionally been an Everesting ride but this year we have extended it to allow anyone anywhere to dedicate their weekend activity, whatever that might be, to Qhubeka.We encourage people to try and push their limits somewhat for this but it is not necessary, most of all we just want to give people an avenue to show their belief in Qhubeka and to express that to the world. Anyone can register for just $10 at www.climbingforqhubeka.org with 100% of proceeds going to the Charity and putting people on bicycles. Once registered a person can choose to ride, run, walk, hike or even throw a kids party, as my sister is doing – there is no need to do something crazy but we would like to encourage people to do something that they love and give back while doing so. We have even seen people selling t-shirts to raise funds, so the ways to contribute really have been varied. You recently rode the Race to the Rock: a 3000-kilometre self-supported ultra-endurance race from Albany, Western Australia to Uluru in the Northern Territory. Can you tell us a bit about the experience? What an experience, it was completely new to me and really did change my life, opening up my perception of what is possible. We started as a group of eight but were soon scattered across the route and I probably rode 2,900km of the race entirely alone without a rider in sight.It was an incredible experience to be alone in a foreign country and literally in the middle of nowhere completely by myself. The landscapes were stunning but barren and the towns were far apart, so the sensation of loneliness was very real. Initially, the loneliness was tough to deal with but eventually, you accept it and realise what a gift it is. When it is just you and your bike you really feel the land and see the beauty in it. I loved that I had the opportunity to connect with the country in such a way. The self-supported aspect was a new challenge and a great learning experience for me too. There were no organized stops and we had to rely completely on ourselves to find resupply points and then carry whatever we needed to make it to the next one. When you have to rely on what is on your bike and your ability to endure for stretches of up to 400km at a time, you learn a lot about what you can do from both a mental and physical standpoint and find new limits. Managing my body, mind, and resources over that distance was a huge challenge and one that I am proud to have succeeded at. I was also lucky to meet amazingly kind people along the way. From people who would drive past, slow down and ask if I was ok to people in the towns we stopped in helping me with information on what was ahead to people sending messages from all across the world in support of us all. I met and interacted with people from so many different backgrounds during the journey and all were kind and caring, it gives you a little more faith in humanity. That was a great experience, maybe the best part. What draws you to events that push the limits like that? I just like to see if I can do them really, if I am capable, and then showing people that we are capable of anything if we put our minds to it and really want it badly enough. It is not much more than those two things. I don’t feel that I need to prove anything about myself or to myself but I do like finding new limits for myself and pushing those. I also just really really love riding my bike and seeing new places while doing that and these events generally provide a great opportunity to do that. How do you prepare for something like this? And how does the challenge compare to your normal training? I just ride lots, try not to overcomplicate it from that aspect. These events do not require you to have incredible top-end power but you have to be able to ride at 110-120 Heart Rate forever and so I ride lots at that effort level with maybe one day of going hard on some hills each week, but mostly cause I like to do that. I generally ride 80-100 hours per month which is more than enough volume, maybe too much, so I don’t adjust that much.For each event, I will do some specificity from a nutrition standpoint though, to ensure that my body is used to the conditions it will need to work under in the event. For Race to the Rock, as an example, I knew water would be scarce and so I had to teach my body to get used to 200-300ml per hour whereas I was a big drinker during rides before. That was a big adjustment. Overall though the mental preparation is the bigger aspect, as your body will do what your mind allows it to and so I spent a lot of time on that side of things using visualization mostly as I had no experience like what I would encounter to rely on for this event. How did your body respond to twelve days on the bike, with very little sleep in between? Is this something you can train for? The event took me just less than 12 days. After resting into the event it took a few days to get going, to be honest, and I really only felt good from the third day onwards but then I had a really good ride once my tour legs kicked in on day five. It is a weird sensation because I am not used to resting and so I felt sluggish for a few days in the beginning but those tour legs were really good once they came around.The lack of sleep is something different to deal with, and when the sleep monsters come at you they come hard. I don’t believe in sleep-deprivation training as I think that looking after your body and getting it into the best shape possible is important pre-event and so it is something that I get better at as I do more events like this. Early on, the minimal sleep really got me, I collapsed in a bush and only just got my Bivvy out before my eyes shut on the second night, but I learnt how to manage it as the race went on. In the end, I realised that I could stave off the sleep monsters with a quick 10-minute roadside nap if it wasn’t the right spot for a proper sleep, but the need for some sleep always existed. I got about 32 hours sleep over the ride, enough I think but in future, I would try to get it in more consistent 3 hour nightly blocks if possible, the all-night riding was rough when I did it. Give us an idea of your bike setup and the kinds of things you had to pack for the race? I rode a rigid mountain bike with drop bars and time trial clip-on bars. At the Munga last year, my hands went numb very quickly and I wanted to delay that, which I managed to do successfully by having more ways to hold the bars than I would using just MTB bars. I also had a dynamo hub on the front wheel to charge my Amped power banks with. I also used nice wide 2.3 inch tyres to try and absorb the corrugations and rough roads as much as possible.I packed quite a bit into my Burra Burra bags. I took a Bivvy and sleeping bag liner to sleep in, warm clothes and a rain jacket, spares to fix general potential bike issues and then some extra stuff such as a vandal-proof tap head to make sure I could get water from taps without issue and spare cleats, which I thankfully didn’t need. The full pack-list was about 50-60 items. So what’s next? First up is Everesting Paarl Rock this weekend and then some much needed rest and recovery for a couple of weeks. After that I am not sure, but there will be something and there are some great events in and outside of Africa that I have my eye on. I hope to be healthy enough to do The Munga again, my hands need to be ‘normal’ before I will do that though. Unfortunately, the international events are quite expensive to take part in and so I think I will need to find a sponsor before I can do another. Climbing for Qhubeka The 2017 edition of Qhubeka's ‘Climbing for Qhubeka’ campaign runs from 29 September to 1 October. For the first time, the campaign will take place globally. Registrations are now open at www.climbingforqhubeka.org.
  7. I need a whole lot of help please. At the beginning of November this year I am planning to ride (as fast as I can) across the width of South Africa in order to raise funds for Qhubeka. I would really appreciate any help regarding the route, weather or charity tips. This is the route i have planned so far: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/16299606
  8. Image credit: Donovan Thorne This is the fourth edition of the campaign, which was first started by Kevin Benkenstein, who decided to do an ‘Everesting’ for Qhubeka. Everesting is when a cyclist chooses a hill and rides it repeatedly in a single ride until ascending the equivalent height of Mt. Everest – 8,848m above sea level. This year, Climbing for Qhubeka aims to raise sufficient funds through entries and donations to fund 100 Qhubeka Bicycles – by opening up the challenge to supporters around the globe, including those who don’t cycle. “There is now a choice of challenges available upon registration, including summits such as Chapman’s Peak, Alpe d’Huez and Sani Pass, as well as the traditional Everesting option and a ‘choose your own’ option, allowing cyclists, runners and walkers of all abilities to take part,” Benkenstein explains. “Participants are encouraged to make their home their starting point and let their imagination take them from there.” Qhubeka is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles, which helps them to access schools, clinics and jobs. “Registration for Climbing for Qhubeka costs 10USD, which includes an event number, a finisher’s flag (on which to write your final elevation gain achieved), information on Qhubeka and the knowledge that you are assisting Qhubeka to change lives using bicycles,” Benkenstein says. “For those who want to join a group activity, events are planned across the country for the weekend of the challenge, from an Everesting on Fort Klapperkop in Pretoria to a trail ride in Pietermaritzburg to an afternoon run on Table Mountain and a walk along Strand Beach on the final day. There is something for everyone, of every ability level and every activity type across the country.” All Climbing for Qhubeka events will be listed on the Qhubeka Facebook page. “Register, participate, share your fun and make a difference,” Benkenstein says, encouragingly. “We will be getting behind the Climbing for Qhubeka campaign over the next six weeks, so keep a look out for more news on the progress and events for you to participate in.” Image credit: Donovan Thorne About Qhubeka Qhubeka moves people forward with bicycles. People earn bicycles through our programmes, improving access to schools, clinics and jobs.Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”, “to move forward”. Bicycles help people move forward. With a bicycle, a person can travel faster and further, and carry more. People earn bicycles through learn-to-earn programmes for children and work-to-earn programmes for adults. Bicycles are also provided to first responders for disaster relief. More information at www.qhubeka.org.
  9. For many of the coaches at these community programmes, transportation has historically been an issue due to limited resources. Laureus and Qhubeka have undertaken this partnership to deliver a transport solution for these young coaches in the form of Qhubeka bicycles, with the aim being to ultimately have coaches from all Laureus projects across the country on bicycles. There is a historical connection between Laureus and Qhubeka through Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka – an official Ambassador for Laureus South Africa. This extended affiliation will significantly benefit Laureus funded projects and increase Qhubeka’s footprint, as from 14 to 17 July 2017, people from all over South Africa and the rest of the world will participate in the Qhubeka 5000 campaign. By committing to ride a distance of their own, they will be contributing to the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign and supporting Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka in its effort to fund 5000 bicycles so that just as many people can gain access to schools, hospitals and better opportunities. The team will be taking on the Qhubeka 5000 challenge internationally, during stage 13 and 14 of the Tour de France.Qhubeka uses bicycles to move forward. With a bicycle, a person can travel faster and further, and carry more. People earn bicycles through Qhubeka’s learn-to-earn or work-to-earn programmes. Qhubeka also provides bicycles for first-responders for disaster relief. Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”, “to move forward”, and Qhubeka, Laureus and Team Dimension Data share the belief that bicycles are a tool that help people to move forward. Waves for Change provides safe spaces, access to caring adults, and provision of weekly ‘Surf Therapy Sessions’, to help young people from volatile backgrounds develop skills to regulate behaviour, build healing relationships, cope with stress and make positive life-choices. The Buffalo City Sports Academy is committed to countering the challenges within their area and works with young people from the ages of 9 to 21 to provide a healthier lifestyle through football and hockey. Supporting 22 projects in over 80 communities nationwide, the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation uses the power of sport to address social challenges and effect positive social change. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised over R80 million for projects and programmes which have improved the lives of more than 100,000 young people. For further information on the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, please visit http://www.laureus.co.za/
  10. Came across this comp: Register to ride any distance, on any bicycle, at any time, any where over the four days and contribute to our #BicyclesChangeLives campaign, supporting Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka in their effort to fund 5000 bicycles so that just as many people can gain access to schools, healthcare and economic opportunity Up for grabs either: A trip for two to Team DD's Training camp in Cape Town OR Omar Fraile's 2016 Cervelo S5 More info here: https://qhubeka5000.org/
  11. The anthem was created by South African musicians Mark Cheyne and Monde Msutwana. KubaKuba is a simplification of Qhuba Qhuba, meaning ‘pedal pedal’. It’s derived from Qhubeka’s name, an Nguni word that means “to progress” or “to move forward”. It was chosen because of Qhubeka’s belief that bicycles help people move forward – with a bicycle, a person can travel faster and further, and carry more. “You can’t be involved in cycling and not know about Team Dimension Data and Qhubeka. I had dreamed of writing a song that Qhubeka would love,” says Cheyne, music composer, producer and a keen cyclist. Cheyne paired up with friend and singer/songwriter Msutwana, who is currently voice coaching for The Voice SA, and the duo has produced a song that is Pan-African and very catchy. KubaKuba can be purchased for download on iTunes and is also available as a ringtone on the Apple store, with 50% of profits going towards funding bicycles for Qhubeka’s learn-to-earn and work-to-earn programmes. Supporters can also enjoy the YouTube video below: “We were thrilled to hear our song would be played on the global stage at the Tour de France,” says Cheyne. “We hope it will bring more awareness to what Qhubeka and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is doing to change people’s lives using bicycles.” “It was good fun making this track, and it’s special to make music that is part of a bigger purpose,” says Msutwana. “We believe pairing our passion for music and for Africa with Qhubeka’s vision of changing lives with bicycles is a winning combination.” Team Principal at Team Dimension Data, Doug Ryder, says sports and music have a shared ability to move, inspire and unite people. “Our team is proud to support Qhubeka, and it was an honour to let cycling fans around the world hear KubaKuba for the first time during our team presentation today.” Riders at Team Dimension Data have had the opportunity to visit Qhubeka’s programmes to see the difference bicycles can make.Daniel Teklehaimanot, Team Dimension Data rider from Eritrea, says, “This is a really nice song. It makes you smile when you listen to it and it is a special that this song is about our team and Qhubeka. I am sure it will give the guys good motivation at the Tour, but we will listen to it at all our races because every day we ride for Qhubeka.” Here are the KubaKuba lyrics: Qhubeka, Qhubeka, Qhubeka Qhubeka, carry on, progress, Qhubeka Qhubeka, moving forward, Qhubeka, Qhubeka Kubakuba, kubakuba! Qhubeka! Noma kunga mnyama (Though it may be dark) Qhubeka! Ungaphel' amandla (Don’t lose power/strength) Qhubeka! Noma kunga nzima (Though it may be hard) Qhubeka! Qhubeka! Ungaphel' amandla (Don’t lose power/strength) Qhubeka! Noma kunga _ (Though it may be steep) Qhubeka! Noma kunga mnyama (Though it may be dark) Qhubeka! Changing lives - Qhubeka Never look back, don’t slow down - Qhubeka Changing lives - Qhubeka Moving forward, carrying on, never look back - Qhubeka! Composed by Mark Cheyne & Monde Msutwana Featuring Monde Msutwana Produced by Mark Cheyne
  12. On Saturday 24 June, 2017, I'm riding 100 Miles on Zwift at Cycle Lab Fourways to raise awareness and funds for Qhubeka. More than half-a-million kids walk for more than a hour a day to get to school. A Qhubeka Buffalo Bike has been proven to improve attendance and focus and therefore results for kids who receive them. Kids earn their bikes through the Study to Learn programme. The details are here: http://qhubeka.org/2013/?page_id=962 Please support my project. I've committed to raising the funds for 4 bikes. They cost just R 2,850 each. It's really easy to donate. Just click on this link to GivenGain https://www.givengain.com/ap/100IndoorMilesforBikes/ Any donation will be gratefully appreciated. And, you can have the dubious pleasure of coming to Cycle Lab on 24 June to watch me ride my 100 Miles. Thanks Hubland. I know you'll help me out.
  13. 40 learners at the Ocean View High School near Kommetjie received bicycles provided by the Pedal Power Association (PPA), Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) and Qhubeka. The three organisations are united by their efforts to promote bicycle use in South Africa and are thus working together to increase their impact and reach. Click here to view the article
  14. BEN initially agreed to provide 10 bicycles to the school as part of an existing programme. PPA then offered to match the BEN contribution, and finally Qhubeka came on board to match the contribution of the other two parties, bringing the number of bicycles to 40. Louis de Waal from BEN putting one of the learners through the' Cool kid on a bike' safety course. While Qhubeka provided their tried-and-tested Qhubeka bicycles, the remaining half of the bicycles are the brand new #bike4all – the product of a new collaboration between BEN and PPA. These simple, robust, yet stylish bicycles have been designed for both commuting and recreation, and the Ocean View High learners are the first to receive these new bicycles. “With the launch of the Bike4All, PPA continues to deliver on its mandate to put more people on bicycles,” says PPA CEO Robert Vogel. “We are looking forward to collaborating with BEN and Qhubeka, cementing the relationship further and providing mobility and access to opportunities, through bicycles, together. The Ocean View bicycle distribution shows what is possible and it is very exciting to see what we can achieve when we work together for a common goal.” These happy learners from Ocean View Secondary School in Kommetjie received bicycles from PPA, BEN, and Qhubeka today. These sentiments were echoed by Tim Mosdell, General Manager at BEN. “At BEN we are very excited about the spirit of collaboration between BEN, Qhubeka and PPA which is building up momentum,” Mosdell said. “This project shows how much more we can achieve by combining our efforts - it’s a classical illustration of the whole being greater that the sum of its parts! In the end, it’s not about any single organisation, but rather the impact that we are making on the lives of those we empower. The Ocean View Secondary School bike distribution is just the start of many things to come from our collaborative efforts.” “We are delighted to partner with PPA and BEN to help connect more learners with bicycles today,” says Ian Mills, Regional Manager at Qhubeka. “We are all passionate about the fact that bicycles can change lives. Our combined hope is that these learners will soon be sharing stories with us of how the bicycles have made their lives better, whether it’s by helping them get to school more quickly and easily, saving them money on public transport or providing them with a fun way to socialise and exercise. By working together, Qhubeka, PPA and BEN can help more people to enjoy the benefits that bicycles bring and we look forward to developing this three-way partnership.” One of the learners getting ready to start the PPA/BEN 'Cool kid on a Bike' safety programme. In preparation for the distribution of the bicycles, two learners from Ocean View High School underwent a preventative bicycle maintenance course at BEN to help ensure the long-term viability of the bicycles. Every learner who received a bicycle will also do safety training through the PPA/BEN ‘Cool Kid on a Bike’ course.
  15. To celebrate that Trek is now direct in South Africa, Trek are bringing out the legendary Jens Voigt. Jens will be participating in the #MyTrek Sunset Charity Cycles in aid of the non-profit, Qhubeka and in the upcoming Cape Town Cycle Tour. Click here to view the article
  16. Jens Voigt is a true legend in the sport of professional cycling, most commonly known for his saying “shut up legs”. The German-born cyclist and father of six has competed in the Tour de France 17 times, winning several stages and wearing the famed yellow jersey in the race’s 2005 edition. In 2014, Jens became the UCI World 1 hour record holder before retiring as a member of the Trek Factory Racing Pro team after a storied 17-year career. More recently, in January he completed the gruelling Everest challenge in 26h30m, a massive 9000 metres of climbing and over 400km of riding in snow and on frozen roads. “We are thrilled to have Jen’s coming to South Africa, he loves spending time with his fans chatting about his passion for the sport. He is a legendary sportsman - the Trek team and our Trek retailers are so excited for his visit”. Keep an eye on Trek social media channels including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information and register on www.mytrek.co.za. Key events: #MyTrek Sunset Cruises:Join Trek Bikes South Africa and celebrated cyclist, Jens Voigt, for a fun-filled sunset cycle, suitable for everyone, in Johannesburg 7th March 2017, 3 pm at Bidon Bistro and Cape Town 10th March 2017, 4 pm at Boschendal Wine Farm. This is not a race! We’re challenging all cyclists. Both serious and hobbyist, in these two cities, to help us raise funds for the non-profit, Qhubeka. Registration is free and for each registration Trek will donate R10 with a goal to reach R15 000.00 for Qhubeka. We need at least 1500 riders to make this possible. “Will you be part of this legendary ride?” Register at https://www.mytrek.co.za/ *Food, coffee and drink services will be available, on the day, for your own account. Zapper and Credit Card facilities available on site. *Children are welcome. We encourage safe cycling, metro and paramedics will be onsite to keep you safe. *This is a fun afternoon cycle meant for enjoyment. Please feel free to invite friends and family. *Dress up in any fun attire you feel confident in. We will be filming this event! Store signings: Come meet Jens Voigt and share your love for cycling at some of our exclusive store signings. Jens will spend one-on-one time with his fans. Should you wish to get any memorabilia signed this is your chance!Catch him at: Wednesday 8th March: Pretoria: The Bicycle Company Lynnwood: Cnr Lynnwood & Daventry Road, Lynnwood 10h30 – 12h30 Johannesburg: Swiss Cycles, 1 Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank 15h00 – 17h00Thursday 9th March: Stellenbosch: BMT Stellenbosch, Blackhorse Centre Cnr Dorp and Mark Street, Stellenbosch 11h30 – 13h30 Durbanville: Best Bikes : Shop 5; Spiros Corner, Cnr Main & wellington, Durbanville 15h30 – 17h30 For more details please contact:Natalie Roberts: Marketing Manager Trek Bikes SA - +27 11 258 8974 Info_treksa@trekbikes.com
  17. Next week a 22 year old South African, Ryan Gibbons, will line up to start his first official top level race as a full member of the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka World Tour Team. Click here to view the article
  18. Although Gibbons got the chance to taste the highest level of racing during the latter part of 2016 when he was placed as a trainee or stagiaire into the top level, the UCI 2.HC Tour of Dubai will be his first start as a Neo-Pro. What is a neo-professional? It is a term used for anyone under the ages of 25 who is competing in their first year or second year as a contracted professional in the top level. So how did this young man from Johannesburg end up in the top echelon of professional cycling? As with a lot of kids Ryan was led into cycling by his parent’s example, riding Cross Country and Marathon Mountain biking. His parents had completed the Cape Epic when he was very young. When he was 12 in his words “I did all right in a 20 kilometer race and thought this was cool” but as a teenager he then he moved onto the road as he felt the mountain bike scene would limit his development and career. Ryan was picked up by the WCC Africa (MTN Qhubeka feeder team) as a 1st year Under 23 having ridden for the local Mr. Price team prior to that and then moving up through the ranks to the Dimension Data Continental team in 2016. He now has the great pleasure and security of a top level contract for 2017 and 2018 with Dimension Data World Tour Team. So we asked Ryan if there is anything that is making him nervous looking forward into this season? “I have never done a race with significant climbing but I am looking forward to Tour of Romandie in Switzerland in April which is on my provisional calendar for this season. There is always the possibility of bad weather, it is a race that Froome normally uses to start his Tour de France campaign and I am nervous to see how I climb against the best in the world. I know that I am not competing to win but I am expected to do a job and do it well” What else makes his nervous, being part of Mark Cavendish’s lead out train in Ryan’s words “I don’t wants to stuff that up! I know I am young and learning but that is something I must get right even at a small race” Next after Tour of Dubai it is back to South Africa for the SA National Championships in early February where the Team Dimension Data guys must be favourite to take the victory. “It’s going to be an interesting race, 180 kilometers on that rolling circuit, but I would be surprised that with all our strength if we didn’t win. There are some great riders in that race, Nolan Hoffman for example on his home track, Brendan Davids, Willie Smit and Clint Hendriks from RoadCover and of course Daryl Impey and Louis Meintjes in the mix, but we effectively have eight strong riders to work with” The Tour of Dubai is being shown live each day on DSTV Supersport from Tuesday at 11h30.
  19. Once again, the Tour Down Under will take shape over 6 road stages around Adelaide and South Australia. While the World Tour stage race officially starts on Tuesday the 17th, the traditional People's Choice Classic Criterium will take place on Sunday the 15th and is sure to whet the appetite for what is to come over the following week. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will approach the Tour Down Under with great ambition, targeting stage victories as well as a possible high finish on GC. A good GC performance will once again come down to consistency but with emphasis being placed on 2 key stages, stage 2 finishing in Paracombe and stage 5 finishing on Willunga Hill. Each stage will be an opportunity for victory though and our 7 riders will take every opportunity to raise awareness for Qhubeka down under. Nathan Haas showed his form is where it needs to be after the Australian national championships and he will lead our African Team at the Tour Down Under. Mark Renshaw showed last year with two 2nd place stage finishes that the sprint finishes certainly suit him. Lachlan Morton, Ben O'Connor, Tyler Farrar, our South African champion Jaco Venter and Jacques Janse van Rensburg will complete our line-up for the Tour Down Under. Nathan Haas - Rider It feels like the African Team has become a home for a few of the Australian sons of cycling. We have Australians here are all ripped, raring and ready to go here. Two of the Africans are here as well in Jacques and Jaco who have just come from a hot climate. Tyler has just come from training in Maui so we have 7 guys here who are super motivated, used to the heat and ready to get the first World Tour race off to what we believe will be a good start. Alex Sans Vega - Sport Director We are happy to start the season once again in Australia and particularly with this group. It is probably the best scenario for us to start the season because we have 4 Australian's in our roster which is really special. A stage win will be great to achieve but we must be ambitious and we think we can target a top 10 on GC, so we will consider both options and not just stick to one. We also hope to take some good form from this race into the start of the European season.
  20. The facility was launched at a recent event held at Nederburg in Paarl, during the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s training camp in Cape Town. Mr Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, addressed the audience at the event, and highlighted the province’s commitment to cycling as a sport to stimulate economic growth in the region. Inside the Qhubeka bicycle facility at Nederburg in Paarl The Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka pro-cycling team, affectionately known as “Africa’s Team”, peddle for a cause. They raise funds and awareness for Qhubeka (which means “to progress”), the organisation that mobilises for socio-economic progress by distributing bicycles to needy South Africans in exchange for work done to improve the environment, community or academic results. Bikes let riders carry more books, more goods for sale, and more medicines and other supplies they can distribute amongst communities. Since its inception in 2005, Qhubeka has distributed bicycles to over 70 000 deserving South Africans. Elliot Majongolo from the Wildlands Greening Your Future programme in Stellenbosch, recently received a Qhubeka bicycle in return for dedicated work towards clearing alien vegetation and cleaning rivers Ntombuzuko Bongo was also recently rewarded with a Qhubeka bicycle for her work with the Wildlands Greening Your Future, as well as Trees for Life programmes in Stellenbosch Qhubeka has an existing bicycle assembly facility located in the North West province of South Africa. The facility at the Nederburg winery in Paarl is the first in the Western Cape, and is expected to be in full operation by early February 2017.Eight women from the Paarl East community, which surrounds Nederburg, will be selected to work in and manage the facility. They will receive full training in assembling the bicycles. The majority of the bicycle parts, complying with Qhubeka’s specifications, are all of the highest quality and imported from the United States (US) and Asia, with some components made by manufacturers in South Africa. The facility at Nederburg will have the capacity to assemble a minimum of 5 000 robust, purpose-built bicycles, as per prescribed quality levels, per year. The women employed at the facility will each not only receive a bicycle to give them the freedom to move around, but will also be financially remunerated. “As a socially responsible entity, Nederburg is very focused on creating programmes where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” says Dè-Mari Shaw, Nederburg’s global general manager. “The aim is to give back to communities as an investment in the future; in much the same way as Nederburg, in its own capacity, is upskilling talented South African wine-growers and winemakers. “We believe that Nederburg is a South African brand that reflects the new dynamism of the country's wine industry, considered one of the most exciting New World wine producing countries by opinion leaders in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US). The establishment of the bicycle facility at Nederburg forms an integral part of our commitment to continue building the future of the South African wine industry and its communities. “Nederburg is also pledging to sponsor a minimum of 345 bicycles over the next year. The beneficiaries would include those from the Paarl East social development initiative, as well as projects such as the Wildlands Conservation Trust eco programme, and the Vision Afrika wood-work project. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders Ryan Gibbons, Serge Pauwels, Nathan Haas, Tyler Farrar and Lachlan Morton “With so many lives to be changed, we encourage individuals to engage and participate in helping to make a difference to South African lives. Nederburg will be sharing the stories of those who benefit from receiving bicycles.” Shaw concludes. For more information, visit www.nederburg.com/WhyWeRide, www.qhubeka.co.za and www.africasteam.com.
  21. VWSA’s Matt Gennrich, believes that “every one of these bikes can make a big difference in someone’s life as learners consistently report improved grades after getting a bicycle due to on-time arrival, better concentration and gaining more hours every week for study”. Qhubeka’s Sarah Phaweni says BEEP goes well beyond simply supplying the signature Blue Bikes with helmet, spanner, combination lock and pump; “The programme also ensures that the bikes are used optimally and really benefit the community”. A trained mechanic is established in each area and a Bicycle Supervisory Committee is set up at each school which determines the beneficiaries and enforces a two year service-to-own contract with the children and their parents or guardians. The bicycle only becomes the personal property of the learner if the contract is adhered to and they are doing well at school. As part of this extended commitment to the children, Volkswagen, Qhubeka and World Vision held a friendly cycle challenge in Bergville on 24 October and then announced that the most promising six riders would be given the opportunity to participate in a cycling race next year. The group will be led by a mentor to help them prepare mentally and physically for the event in 2017. Volkswagen is one of the largest donors to the BEEP programme having contributed 1,850 bicycles in total so far. Watch the bicycle handover and cycle challenge video here: https://youtu.be/iX3q98uby-M
  22. This distribution will see 100 grade 6 and 7 learners at PC Peterson Primary School receiving bicycles, as well as 47 grade 11s from Kylemore Secondary, eight Wildlands staff and three Kylemore Secondary staff. These learners and staff members are part of a Qhubeka project called SHIFT Education, run in partnership with Wildlands. Other parties involved include the Stellenbosch Municipality, the Western Cape Department of Transport and local bicycle shop, BMT, which has been providing safety and maintenance support. The bicycles being distributed today have been funded through the Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka campaign, #BicyclesChangeLives, which aimed to raise funding for 5 000 Qhubeka bicycles in 2015, and again in 2016. The team’s sponsors have also assisted in contributing towards this target. To date, 10 500 bicycles have been funded through the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign since its launch for distribution into work-to-earn Qhubeka projects around South Africa and in Eritrea. The Kylemore SHIFT Education project aims to connect learners with bicycles, thereby helping them to access school, the library, shops, health clinics and opportunities more easily. Within the community, 253 learners have already received bicycles and a bicycle mechanic is currently being identified for training and accreditation, with the aim of helping learners to maintain their bicycles well into the future. Qhubeka hopes to entrench a cycling culture into the community, where bicycles have previously been scarce. “Who knows – there may be some future Team Dimension Data riders getting their first bicycle here today,” says Qhubeka Executive Sarah Phaweni. “We believe that bicycles change lives and connect people with opportunities, and Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is proof of this. With access to a bicycle comes access to opportunities and we are grateful to the team and all its sponsors, as well as Wildlands and local government, for recognising this and working with us to connect more people with bicycles. We believe our SHIFT programmes help us to move communities forward, which speaks to our name, Qhubeka, which is an Nguni word meaning “to progress”. Bicycles have the ability to shift individuals, communities and our country, and we hope everyone attending this bicycle distribution today gets a sense of that.” “These bicycles have contributed significantly to the environmental sustainability and socio-economic development of this community, not only through providing an eco-efficient form of transport, but also by providing a safe way for the learners and community members alike to travel to work and school. Wildlands recognises that this would not have been possible without the partnership with Qhubeka,” says Wildlands’ Project Manager, Lydia Williams. “Thanks to Qhubeka for helping us move towards our vision of a Sustainable future for all.” By the end of 2017, Qhubeka hopes to have distributed 3 000 bicycles in the Dwarsriver valley which includes Kylemore, Pniel and Lanquedoc. The historically disadvantaged region remains afflicted by poverty and lack of transport, and while there are many projects underway to empower and uplift the Kylemore community, Qhubeka believes that bicycles are a cost-efficient, environmentally friendly transport solution. Qhubeka and Wildlands have partnered successfully for many years around tree-growing initiatives, whereby people (known as “Tree-preneurs”) grow indigenous treesto barter for bicycles or other livelihood support items. The Kylemore SHIFT Education programme sees this partnership extending into schools, with learners also committing to improved attendance. Tyler Farrar, one of the riders at Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, says that the bicycle distribution is a unique experience. “It is a chance for us all to see the result of the charity’s work and to put everything we talk about into action,” he says. Well known South African rider Reinardt Janse van Rensburg at Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka adds, “We don’t get the chance to do bike handovers ourselves very often due to our season’s schedules, so to do a distribution with the full team and to see what impact Qhubeka’s work has in the communities is a special experience.”
  23. 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]
  24. 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
  25. York Timbers is celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year. While the company has marked this milestone with various celebrations and community contributions throughout the year, there will be 300 York Timbers employees with especially big smiles on their faces on 22 September 2016. These employees will be receiving brand new robust Qhubeka bicycles, which have been 50% subsidised by York Timbers. “This is the second year York has made it possible for York Employees to purchase a Qhubeka Bike at half the cost,” explains Kirsten Coetzee, Chief Human Capital Officer at York Timbers. “Last year we had 100 employees who were interested, but this year when we sent out the request, we had 300 employees committing to purchase a bicycle.” Gert Mdawe is one of last year’s recipients of a Qhubeka bike. “My bike is my energy and it makes me happy to be part of team York,” he says. Sarah Phaweni, Qhubeka Executive Director, says that Qhubeka is always excited by partnerships with companies like York Timbers that are willing to help their employees to progress in work and in life. “Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means ‘to move forward’ or ‘to progress’. We believe that by helping employees to purchase these bicycles, York Timbers is assisting them in ‘moving forward’ in their own lives,” she says. “With bicycles, York employees can get to work more quickly and safely than if they were walking, and they don’t have to spend money using public transport to commute. We commend York Timbers on their investment into their employees’ wellbeing and futures, and we hope many other companies will follow their example.” The Qhubeka bikes will be distributed to York employees in Graskop, Jessievale, Roodekop, Epping and Sabie and surrounding areas. As in 2015, the 2016 bicycle distribution event will take place during the York Enduro Mountain Bike Rally. This year is the fourth annual York Enduro. Since its inception, the event has grown to attract riders from across the country and even international MTB enthusiasts. The York Enduro Mountain Bike Rally is held every year in Sabie, in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, and will take place this year from 24 to 27 September. The event tests various MTB disciplines and partners each corporate team with a leading South African professional cyclist who rides with the corporate team. Professional cyclists socialise with corporate teams, and riding together provides an opportunity for skills transfer throughout the duration of the event. The entry fees for the annual York Enduro Mountain Bike Rally are used for raising the funds for York Timbers to sponsor half the price of each Qhubeka bicycle.
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