Team Dimension Data will be taking on the Qhubeka 5000 challenge during stage 13 and 14 of the Tour de France. The racers will be just some of the cyclists looking to fund 5,000 bicycles for people in Africa through undertaking rides on July 15 and 16.
The Qhubeka 5000 challenge has a choice of four distances that participants can commit to riding: Lebo’s 6km route to school, Duncan’s 13km route to work, the 37km covered in the stage 13 time trial of the Tour de France or the 208km distance of the following stage.
Entry costs $10 and all funds raised will go towards providing bikes which will provide greater access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity.
Those taking part will also be entered into a prize draw for the chance to spend some time at Team Dimension Data’s team training camp in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2016.
Mark Cavendish, who will ride the Tour for Team Dimension Data, said: “The Qhubeka 5000 challenge is an incredible campaign to encourage any cycling fans to get involved and help make a difference by raising money for a brilliant cause. Bicycles are changing lives for people in Africa. Help us to empower them.”
Daniel Teklehaimanot, the first African to wear the King of the Mountains jersey at the Tour de France last year, said: “The Tour the France is certainly one of the most challenging races in the world, but it’s worth putting in all the effort, knowing that we not only ride for ourselves, but also for the people in Africa who receive help through the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign. The Qhubeka 5000 is a great way to get involved and to make an impact.”
Team Principal, Doug Ryder, commented: “We get asked all the time by fans, friends and partners how they can get closer to the team and be a part of making an impact that matters. The Qhubeka 5000 is that opportunity. Whether you are in the best shape of your life or hardly work out, you can experience what Lebo and Duncan need to go through to just get to school or work, and what Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka go through on two stages of the Tour de France.”