29 Sep, 2015

Mark Cavendish signs with Africa's Team


Ryder Cycling also announces Mark Renshaw and Bernhard Eisel as new arrivals for the team which will become known as Team Dimension Data from the beginning of next year.

Ryder Cycling, the owner of MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, today (Tuesday 29 September) announced the signing of pro tour riders Mark Cavendish, Mark Renshaw and Bernhard Eisel.

“I’m super excited about becoming a part of the Team for 2016,” commented Mark. “It is a team that I have watched closely as it has grown, especially over this season and been really impressed with the spirit, strength and dynamics of the group. It’s fair to say that most of the peloton has seen how incredible the Team raced this year.”

The addition of the three new members further strengthens and adds depth to the team – the first African team to ride in the Tour de France – not only at races, but also as global ambassadors for Qhubeka.

“To join it with the target of helping to win even more races with other strong, experienced household cycling names like Mark Renshaw, Edvald Boasson-Hagen, Tyler Farrar, Daniel Teklehaimanot, Steve Cummings and of course Bernie Eisel is going to be real special, as well as assisting the talent of the young, African riders to top level success,” commented Mark. “Also, for me personally, one of the biggest incentives is riding for a greater cause in the Qhubeka charity. I’m really looking forward to having a successful year on the road alongside the other guys and helping directly to get more bikes in the hands of people who need them.”

Mark Cavendish has raced for teams including HTC Highroad, Sky, and Etixx-QuickStep and has built a stunning palmarès. Some of his major achievements include becoming World Champion in 2011, and notching up 26 Tour de France and 15 Giro d’Italia stage wins on his account. Not only has Cavendish gained credibility as a sporting icon, he also shines off the bike.

Douglas Ryder, the team owner, explained the rationale behind the signings:

“Mark Cavendish joining our Team is a huge step forward for the team as we strive to get to the next level in world cycling. To also integrate Mark Renshaw and Bernie Eisel is a game changer in terms of performance and experience, which, added to the incredible talent we already have in the team opens up many possibilities for us. We have seen how success has brought fantastic new partners to our team in Dimension Data and Deloitte and the impact that it has had on our current bike partners like Cervelo”.

Doug also stressed that the signings will also mean that Qhubeka, the charity that the team rides for, will also benefit.

“Qhubeka provides bicycles for African schoolchildren, enabling them to conquer distance every day to get to and from school. As the team’s visibility and success has increased, we are grateful for sponsors and individuals coming alongside to support our goal to provide 5000 bicycles for African schoolchildren via the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign. We look forward to working closely with Mark and the other riders to accelerate the growth of the team’s contributions on and off the bike in 2016 and beyond.”