Video: Team MTN-Qhubeka - the first African team to ride a WorldTour event

Behind the scenes with Africa's first Pro-Continental team and an outfit whose mission goes beyond winning bike races

by Tony Farrelly   March 7, 2013  

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Although it's barely started this year's Tirreno Adriatico has already seen one significant landmark passed, no not Cav pulling the race leader's jersey on after a time trial, but the inclusion of Team MTN-Qhubeka the first African cycling team ever to start a WorldTour event. This short film takes a behind the scenes look at the team at Tirreno Adriatico and explains more about social mission which also sets them apart from the run-of-the-mill pro sports team.

That mission is to help alleviate poverty in rural African communities by giving children bikes in return for working on green projects such as planting trees. Giving access to transport helps to unlock a whole raft of opportunities for rural Africans. You can find out more about the foundation's work on its website and in the second video about the team below. The MTN in the team's name is their other major sponsor a leading South African telecoms company. 

The team, which was founded in 2007, gained Pro-Continental status in November last year - the first African team to do so also has a wild card entry in to Milan San Remo. They've already made their mark in some of the early season races too with Gerald Ciolek - the team's best known rider taking the final stage of the Three Days of West Flanders.

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They need some black riders. That would be good for them.

posted by pmr [193 posts]
8th March 2013 - 10:08


they have got black riders on the team

posted by dbb [34 posts]
17th March 2013 - 23:37


So, if they have black riders on the team, why didn't they appear in this video? It's an African team!!!

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posted by LondonCalling [146 posts]
18th March 2013 - 0:30

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Coming from south africa, its filled me with pride to see these guys come so far. It will only get bigger from here on in.
More races will be won by the boys in yellow.
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posted by koosiegreen [48 posts]
18th March 2013 - 0:58


dbb wrote:
they have got black riders on the team

They've got the excellently named Songezo Jim for a start

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7857 posts]
18th March 2013 - 9:08


LondonCalling wrote:
So, if they have black riders on the team, why didn't they appear in this video? It's an African team!!!

This is one of many videos on YouTube in which many of the team's riders, both foreign and African, are interviewed... and a number of them are black, but as I am sure you know, not all Africans are black either...

posted by maldin [59 posts]
18th March 2013 - 10:55

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