We want to thank all of our fans for their incredible and unwavering support and for placing their trust in us for being at the forefront of changing our sport.
We are deeply saddened to confirm that our hopes of competing as a UCI WorldTour team in 2022 have come to an end. This follows an extensive global quest, during this unprecedented time, to secure the long-term future of the team.
In recent days, our last possibility to continue at that level could not be specified, so the decision has been made that the WorldTour operation cease on December 31, 2021.
This is an extremely disappointing time for our organization. As a team that has strived from the beginning to take a hugely progressive step in cycling through our partnership with Qhubeka Charity, highlighted by our unique purpose-based approach, not being able to continue to do so in 2022 is a significant loss. to the world of cycling.
Our hit list on the bike has taken us through incredible ups and downs. Many will remember the amazing achievements of Gerald Ciolek, Steve Cummings, Mark Cavendish, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Ben King, Omar Fraile, Kristian Sbaragli, Ben O’Connor, Giacomo Nizzolo, Victor Campenaerts and Mauro Schmid raising their hands in delight as they crossed the finish line. line – in celebration of our purpose.
Just as important are the moments when Nic Dlamini and Daniel Teklehaimanot made Tour de France history for us, highlighting the challenges African riders face just to get a chance to compete in Europe as in the case of Negasi Haylu Aabreha, the inspiring group of young cyclists from Khayelitsha who traveled with us to the Grand Depart in Brussels and of course the amazing Qhubeka Charity, to name just a few. Our team has been a home for all and has carried the hopes and dreams of a continent and far beyond.
A Qhubeka bike distribution ceremony is still one of the most incredible events to attend. One that in a single moment fully illustrates the true value of a bicycle and the role it plays in changing lives.
We want to thank all of our fans for their incredible and unwavering support and for placing their trust in us for being at the forefront of changing our sport. For that we will always be grateful and for that we hope that you will continue to support us in the future as we take the next step in our journey.
Make no mistake, this announcement weighs heavily, but now more than ever it has invigorated and motivated us to rebuild and bet once again on the claim to be competing on the biggest stage in sport, and all while ensuring that we continue to offer a platform. . for Africa’s talent to progress to the highest level.
To that end, the Qhubeka team will continue to operate as a UCI continental team in 2022, which is based in Italy, with our aim to return to the top tier in the near future. Our support for the Qhubeka charity is unwavering for those of us who have raised significant funds and awareness to date.
More details will be communicated in due course.
Douglas Ryder – Team Principal
On Thursday I sent an internal message to our staff and riders to break the news. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life. The responses have been very emotional and supportive.
It gave me such faith and conviction that what we have done here is truly unique; When you work in an environment that has a higher purpose and positively impacts others, then it no longer feels like work.
We’ve seen that spirit, Ubuntu, take hold firmly this year and spread beyond our team to our fanbase and the media; so brilliantly documented in Rouleur magazine after Victor Campenaerts’ stage win at the Giro d’Italia.
We rose as the Africa team from South Africa, to include all of Africa; from road biking to mountain biking to women’s cycling and finally focusing on bringing an African-registered road team to the Tour de France.
We went from a continental team to a professional team that won Milan Sanremo, a monument, in our first season to become a WorldTour team for the last six years. We have advanced Africa in cycling, we have moved people through Qhubeka and we will continue our movement for bicycles to change people’s lives. The fact that the world championships are held in Rwanda in 2025 is a testament that many work together and believe in the potential of Africa.
Not having an African team in the first two tiers of men’s cycling is a significant moment and something we all need to reflect on, particularly in light of where the world and the sport are at right now. We had some amazing interactions during our search for a senior partner to secure our future, but unfortunately we were unable to reach an agreement in time.
But the Qhubeka team keeps moving forward, our continental team will compete and we have other exciting projects and ideas that will keep us using our platform to change lives with bicycles. Our work with Qhubeka Charity has truly inspired us and will continue to do so. It should be a story that inspires all of cycling and beyond, and we want you to be part of our journey.
To all of our past, current and future partners, I want to thank you for your faith and your belief in what we want to achieve. One thing I can absolutely guarantee is that we have always done our best and you are committed to doing so in the future.
To all of our staff and riders past and present, thank you for your dedication and support, see you soon.