The Qhubeka Assos team has risen from the ashes of the NTT Pro Cycling team, with team manager Doug Ryder managing to keep the team alive thanks to last-minute investment and sponsorship from the Assos clothing brand.
The team has always promoted and supported the Qhubeka cycling charity that provides bikes to school children and will do so even more with Qhubeka part of the team name. However, the team’s funding comes from Assos and other technical sponsors, including BMC bikes, with the team still to unveil its new colours for 2021 and set out its goals and objectives.
Bjarne Riis is no longer involved in the team after failing to buy a part of the management company, with Lars Michaelsen serving as senior directeur sportif.
Qhubeka-Assos still fly the flag for African cycling but Nic Dlamini and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg are now the only riders from South Africa. Team Qhubeka, the Continental development squad, continue to offer a path to European racing and shares facilities with Qhubeka Assos at their base in Tuscany. A decade ago, if we told that that riding the indoor trainer would be something that people looked forward to, you rightly would have laughed in our face. What used to largely be considered punishment, has since become one of the fastest-growing disciplines of cycling. Gone are the days of noisy wind trainers – the advent of smart turbo trainers has opened up a whole new world when it comes to riding inside. Whether it’s interval workouts […]