Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka

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 #BicyclesChangeLivesreceive 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 raisei-sZHRTdR-X3 cropped 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.

Edvald Boasson Hagen

Images: Stiehl Photography, Scott Mitchell

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10 Reasons to join a RIDE IT event in 2017

If you’re looking for a challenge or just need some extra motivation to get out on your bike in 2017 then here’s 10 reasons why you should check out the Evans Cycles RIDE IT series.

1. Explore new areas
RIDE IT events take place right across the country, so offers a great way for riders to explore some new regions with the knowledge you’ll be riding routes designed to take in the best cycling those areas have to offer. There are some real bucket list riding spots on the schedule that every cyclist should experience at least once; Such as the Yorkshire Moors, Brecon Beacons, Peak District, North Wales and South Downs to name a few.
2. Ride with others
Sometimes things are better together and that’s definitely true for cycling, whether it’s the friendly encouragement to get over that hill, the thrill of riding in a group or the wheel that brings you to the finish when your legs are tired, you’ll usually find some new RIDE IT friends along the way.
3. Try another cycling discipline
RIDE IT events feature a choice of road sportives, off road MTB rides and increasingly popular mixed terrain Sportive Cross rides aimed at those with cyclocross or adventure road bikes. If you only ever ride on the road or you’re a die-hard mountain biker that never ventures on to the tarmac you could be missing out on some of the fun so why not set yourself a goal to try something different in 2017?

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4. A day out with the family
At all the RIDE IT events kids under 16 can ride for free when accompanied by an adult so they’re a great way to get the family out on their bikes and enjoying a ride together. At many of the events there are fun route distances of around 15 miles that are ideal for novice and younger riders.
5. Set yourself a challenge
One question the RIDE IT team often get asked is “Am I good enough to take part”? With this in mind the event series is designed to cater for riders of all abilities. The events feature a range of route options which make it easy to find a challenge that’s suited to your ability whether you’re a novice or experienced rider. There’s everything from 15 mile fun rides and local rides from Evans Cycles stores rides right up to 100 mile plus epic challenges such as the King of The Downs.
6. Ride with an Olympic legend
Riders taking part in the HOY 100 sportive could find themselves riding alongside Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy. The ride is based in Cheshire and features a choice of 100km or 100 mile routes that offer a great mix of flat and fast lanes across the Cheshire Plains as well as some challenging climbs on the edge of the Peak District.
7. Be king for a day
For those looking for a real challenge then the King of The Downs is the flagship event of the RIDE IT series. It’s harder, longer and hillier than the rest, offering cyclists a chance to test their legs against some of the toughest hills in the South East. The 115 mile route has over 9,000 feet of ascent and takes in 10 iconic climbs that will be familiar to many cyclists with them having featured in events such as the 2012 Olympic road race route and the RideLondon-Surrey Classic.
8. Well stocked feed stations
Every cyclist knows a decent bit of cake can make a ride. The cherry loaf and lemon drizzle at the RIDE IT feed stops gets regular compliments from participants. As well as the cake the feed stops are supported by HIGH5 so there’s a selection of their sports nutrition products alongside a range of regular food on offer to fuel you to the end of your ride.
9. Mechanical back up should things go wrong
Hopefully your ride goes smoothly and you never need the services of the support van but it’s great to know that should you have a mechanical or your legs just decide they’ve really had enough then there’s someone to call on to come your aid. Often they’ll be able to fix mechanical issues at the road side so you can continue your ride but if not they’ll bring you and your bike back to the event centre.
10. Enter early for some HIGH5 freebies
The RIDE IT series is supported by HIGH5, not only are the feed stops well stocked with HIGH5 sports nutrition products, all riders who enter an event more than 8 weeks in advance can claim a free HIGH5 Bottle pack at the event.

For more information on any of the RIDE IT events visit – http://www.evanscycles.com/ride-it

To find out how you and a friend can win one of five pairs of free entries to an Evans RIDE IT of your choice, simply click here.

 

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How to survive the winter running

Keeping yourself motivated when the weather turns cold and dark is the hardest part about being a runner. Running can start to feel like a chore. A mental barrier appears with numerous excuses stopping you from lacing up and getting out the front door. If this is you, then you aren’t the only one! We all have these mental battles, however it’s how you deal with them that matters. Plan your day accordingly: plan what time you are going to run and stick to it! Write it down, meet a friend, tell your partner when you’re heading out. Being this disciplined will keep you training and motivated.

2Staying warm is key! Make sure you don’t have the “it’s too cold to run” excuse lined up. Base layers, thermal tights and a jacket will keep you warm and dry. Make sure you are seen when out running in the dark, so a head torch is a must as well as highly visible kit. Not only does it keep you safe but also saves you from unseen potholes and puddles of water that you’re likely to run through.

Having enough energy to run can be the difference between a ‘good run’ and a ‘bad run’. You don’t want to come home from work, having to then force yourself to get out of the door lacking energy, feeling hungry and tired. Snacking between main meals is crucial to maintaining blood sugar levels throughout the day. A HIGH5 Protein Hit (Peanut & Caramel, Cacao & Orange, Coconut, Lemon & Raspberry) mid-afternoon is a perfect pre-training snack. It provides a good balance of carbs to protein to ensure you have enough energy for your evening run. The flavours are delicious, removes the ‘hangry’ [hungry & angry!] feeling on your commute home and fills you up without feeling full.

Keeping yourself hydrated in the winter is just as important as it is in the summer. Dehydration can increase your risk of getting ill, catching colds and resulting in time off training. HIGH5 ZERO tablets are a great source of electrolytes. One tablet added to 500 or 750ml of water (try warm or boiling water in the winter!) reduces tiredness and fatigue allowing you to train better for longer.

Get a race in the diary! This will give you a purpose to your training during the winter. Have a countdown, choose one of our online training plans and set yourself a goal. Planning, preparation, keeping warm and energised are the main factors to surviving training throughout the winter. Running is hobby, make time for it and remember to enjoy it!

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  • Stay warm and dryn’t ofrlet people know about your running plans, they will help to motivate you
  • Keep your energy levels up
  • Stay hydrated

Don’t forget to enter our latest competition for your chance to win a pair of Saucony Guide 10’s and a HIGH5 nutrition pack. Click Here to enter.

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