Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is a pro cycling team with a difference. They believe that #BicyclesChangeLives. Qhubeka is the reason why the teams 28 riders clip into their pedals, train and compete in some of the worlds toughest bicycle races. Every single rider, staff member, sponsor and friend of the team believe in making a difference through the power and love of cycling.
Team Principal Doug Ryder is the man with the vision that started the team’s mission, “To me Qhubeka means Hope. By receiving a bike I have a chance to a better life, a chance to realise my dreams. It gives me hope.”
What does Qhubeka mean to the riders?
South African Reinardt Janse van Rensburg believes the team can make a real difference to children in Africa, “Qhubeka helps to change people’s lives. People that have been less fortunate than most of us. Children, for example, use the bicycles Qhubeka provides to get to school and, I think, education is something that can free people from poverty. In this regard we can have a big impact by racing to raise awareness for Qhubeka and to enable more people to receive bicycles through the charity”
Tyler Farrar has been in the pro peloton for many years, and he knows how special this team is, “Qhubeka’s story is certainly a special one. It is pretty unique and makes a positive impact. For me as a professional athlete this is something rather rare to be associated with. It might seem to be only a small impact that one can make, but it is all worth it to get the message out every day and to raise awareness for the charity to get more people on bikes.”
Tour de France stage winner Steve Cummings has been one of the key riders on the team. His TDF victory on Mandela day in 2015 was one of the wins that defined this team. His 5 finger salut when he crossed the finish line raised awareness in front of millions of spectators for the teams aim to fund 5.000 bicycles for children in Africa, “Qhubeka is about giving people a hand, it is about helping and supporting them to sort of fend for themselves. And that is pretty powerful, I think.”
What is Qhubeka?
Qhubeka is a Nguni word which means “to carry on”, “to progress” and “to move forward”. Qhubeka helps people move forward by giving bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic work. Bicycles change lives by increasing the distance people can travel, reducing travel time and also influence where people can go.
The teams mission is important to all the partners and a major reason to support the team by providing them with the best possible tools and equipment to succeed. If you also want to #DoYourPart, then head to the Qhubeka website.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka ride to raise funds for people like Olwethu. She is 18 years old and lives in the Kayamandi informal settlement in South Africa’s Western Cape province. Before she had a bicycle, Olwethu had to walk about 3km per day between getting to and from school and collecting water for the household (one of her daily chores). Olwethu earned her bike from Qhubeka by achieving excellent marks in school despite trying obstacles that stand in her way.
Olwethu dreams of studying medicine, and now that she is able to get to school faster, more safely and more regularly, her dream is one step closer. After receiving her bicycle, she rode through the streets of Kayamandi near her home, crowds of children running behind, ringing the bike bell, and asking for rides themselves. Olwethu had just learned to ride her bike, but already she was beaming as she rode, talking about all of the places this bike will carry her.
She is also enjoying the freedom that cycling gives her, and is happy to share the bike with her siblings. The whole family is now enjoying increased mobility, thanks to one bicycle.
The need for bicycles in communities like Olwethu’s is great and you can help Team Dimension Data and Qhubeka to change more lives by making a donation to BicyclesChangeLives.
Images: Stiehl Photography, Scott Mitchell