The name Qhubeka first came to prominence for most people in 2013 through its association with the MTN-Qhubeka cycling team. The team comprised a rag-tag band of veterans alongside new and largely unknown African talent. The team was cycling’s first African team and was the sport’s version of The Expendables. They rode with a certain flair and freedom, even having the audacity to win Milano-San Remo that year. Since then they’ve gone on to win many high-profile races including grand tour stages. Their rosta has changed, as has their name to Dimension Data, and now includes superstars such as former World Champion Mark Cavendish and current British Road and Time-Trial Champion Steve Cummings. Despite the team’s evolution they still ride with that same MTN-Qhubeka flair.
Qhubeka is a South African charity that donates bicycles, known as Buffalo bikes, to communities across the country. Since 2005 Qhubeka has donated over 80,000 bikes, each one affecting an estimated 15 lives. That’s 1.2 MILLION lives!
All the Dimension Data riders are immensely proud to ride for and support Qhubeka, often taking part in fund-raising events around the world. Anyone can help by purchasing clothing, merchandise, bike parts and even complete bikes on the Qhubeka website www.qhubeka.org
We at Caffè Velo Verde are also proud to do our bit by selling Qhubeka beads. They’re a great way to show that you’re a cycling fan and you can pick one up next time you’re in for a coffee. All we ask for is a small donation, could we suggest £1 or a little more, and you can then show your support for this great charity. Just like Cav and Stevo.