Qhubeka-NextHash boss provides update on team’s uncertain future


Qhubeka-NextHash boss Doug Ryder provided an update on his team’s future as the 2022 season approaches.

Ryder said the team was unable to submit their initial UCI WorldTour license application as their sponsorship situation continues.

The South African registered team have told their riders they should look for new teams for the 2022 season as it is not clear they will receive the funding to keep the team going, forcing Ryder to publicly apply for sponsorship .

In a team statement, Ryder said: “Today we are unable to submit our initial UCI WorldTour license application for next year to the sport governing body.

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“We are actively engaged with potential partners and our current partners as we work to secure our future for 2022.

“Since its inception, our team has given hope and opportunity to more than 50 African riders who have raced for us at the Continental, Pro Continental or World Team levels, and have thus had the opportunity to show their talent and to make their dreams come true. “

Ryder spoke of his joy that the 2025 UCI Road World Championships in Rwanda were a big moment for African cycling, as well as seeing rising Eritrean star Biniam Ghirmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) take silver in the U23 Worlds road race. Ghirmay was only 14 when Daniel Teklehaimanot wore the mountain jersey at the Tour de France. Earlier this year, the team’s rider Nic Dlamini became the first black South African rider to compete in the Tour de France.

“In our Continental and WorldTeam outfits, we have staff and cyclists championing our message – bikes change lives – and allowing us to be a platform to raise awareness and fundraise for the Qhubeka charity,” Ryder said.

“We are completely unique in the sports landscape as a goal-driven organization that, during our ten-year partnership with Qhubeka, has seen our team raise over $ 6 million for the charity and, this doing so has changed thousands of lives. “

Qhubeka-NextHash, then MTN-Qhubeka, made their Grand Tour debut on the Tour de France in 2015 as a wildcard team, but had already made an impact on the world stage by winning the Milan-San Remo Monument with the ‘German Gerald Ciolek in 2013.

Since then, the team has won top-level races with great riders, such as Mark Cavendish’s four stage victories in the Tour de France 2016 as well as at the Giro d’Italia with Mauro Schmid, Giacomo Nizzolo and Victor Campenaerts in 2021.

“We remain convinced that our story is not over, our journey will continue, to continue to change lives through cycling,” added Ryder.

“I have always said that our dream for this team would be to see a young man from Africa, who starts his journey on a Qhubeka bike, one day run on cycling’s most famous road – the Champs-Élysées. dream fully. realized. “

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