Hi South Africa
I was back in your beautiful country for the annual Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka training camp recently. It was my fourth time with the team in Cape Town. You could not wish for a more lovely place to prepare for the year ahead.
It’s a time of the year that I always really look forward to. You get to spend time with the guys who have been partof the furniture at Team Dimension Data for years, and to meet your new teammates. I might not get to see some of these guys for most of 2019 because our race programmes will be very different and our paths might not cross toooften during the year.
The camp is an intense yet fun week. We fit and try our new bicycles, as well as our kit, meet up with sponsors, plan our race calendar and aims for 2019 and of course, ride on the stunning roads of the Western Cape. South Africa really does have some spectacular riding routes.
Some of you may not know this, but I have had a South African connection of sorts for large parts of my career. GaryBlem, who is from Pretoria, was my mechanic in my early days at High Road and then Team Sky. He is a great mechanic but more importantly, an incredible person. You should be proud of him. He is a legend on the World Tour.
It’s an honour to ride for Team Dimension Data for the fourth year in 2019. It’s more than a team. It’s about ourmission, our cause to get as many children on bicycles as we can through the Qhubeka charity. It’s one of the most special things I have been involved with in my career. To see how bikes change lives, making it easier for children toget to school. That’s why we ride.Cav
Mark Cavendish will be targeting more stage wins at the Tour de France in 2019 with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. Picture credit: Stiehl Photography
Mark Cavendish rides for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka on the World Tour. He is a legend at the Tour de France, with 30 stage victories to his name, including winning the iconic final day on the Champs Elysees four times in a row. He was the 2011 road race World Champion and at the 2016 Olympics won silver on the track. He is regarded as the best sprinter ever to take part in the Tour de France by L’Equipe newspaper.