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The first African team to take component in the Trip de France, MTN Qhubeka, made past history yesterday evening when among their cyclists, Eritrea’s Daniel Teklehaimanot, ended up being the first African participant of colour to claim the “King of The Hill” jersey.

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He was the initial over one of the tops, gaining him an indicate cover the King of the Hills table and also the opportunity of wearing the polka-dot jacket. The “King of The Mountain” title is given to the very best climber in the biking roadway race.

Who is MTN Qhubeka?

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Africa’s involvement in the 3.344 km July race via the Netherlands, Belgium and France is the realisation of a long-held desire by South African biking hero, Douglas Ryder, who is the team principal.

The MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team is one of 5 wild-card groups worldwide’s biggest cycling race that features a total of 22 groups. Stood for by a variety of home-grown African bicyclists, in addition to a few advisors to increase their development, it is the initial African-registered team to participate in the race, now in its 102nd edition.

Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung was founded in 2007, continuously working its way up from a local group to now being a Continental Pro group with bases in South Africa and Italy. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s goal is to give talented African cyclists a path into the professional peloton while increasing funds for Qhubeka. In 2015, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are inviting you to assist them mobilise 5,000 kids on bikes. To add to the #BicyclesChangeLives Campaign, click here.

Qhubeka is an Nguni word that indicates “to progress”“to move forward”.

Qhubeka ( is Globe Bicycle Alleviation’s program in South Africa. Globe Bike Relief ( is an international charitable organization devoted to progressing education, health and also financial opportunities by offering straightforward, sustainable transportation. Because Globe Bicycle Alleviation’s starting in 2005, it has delivered greater than 220,000 particularly made, in your area put together bikes to people in demand. To add to the #BicyclesChangeLives Campaign, click here.

Introducing MTN Qhubeka’s Chef:

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Renowned chef David Higgs, of The Saxon Boutique Hotel Villas & Spas in Johannesburg, is accompanying the group and taking care of all their dishes on the trip.

Higgs is an important addition to the team, especially to the riders as well as team at the Excursion the France. Dr Carol Austin, Head of Performance Support and Clinical explains: “During the trip our bikers will certainly be under relentless, extreme athletic tons. To make sure that they do at the most effective and also remain healthy and balanced our group nutritionist, Dr Robert Youngster, has created individualised sports nutrition plans for each professional athlete. David will certainly preparing food which is nutritious, delicious as well as diverse for our athletes according to these strategies. We are thrilled to have David aboard, he is a highly regarded South African culinary specialist as well as enthusiastic group fan. As a two time finisher of the Cape-Epic hill bike race he has personal encounter of the extreme demands of our sporting activity, and also the importance of food as sustenance to an athlete’s body, mind and spirit!”

Claudia Colussi, international general supervisor for Nederburg, claimed: “It is an honour for Nederburg assistance this significant increase for the sporting activity on the continent. By buying skill as well as training, the effort is purchasing Africa’s future.’

Commenting on his part, Higgs stated: “I have done some unique occasions and cooked for incredible individuals in my profession. But caring for the dietary needs of the first African team at the world’s most significant bike race is an honour. I would like to give thanks to Douglas for delegating me with the job in advance and The Saxon Resort as well as Nederburg for the possibility and time. “