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EUROTRASH News Round Up Thursday!

A mixed bag of EUROTRASH to sift through this Thursday morning. Another disk brake injury – Top Story. Report, result and video from the cobbles of the Koppenbergcross, another exciting win for Mathieu van der Poel. In other news: New sponsor for Fortuneo, another year for Heinrich Haussler, Cycling Academy, Aevolo and Bahrain-Merida 2018 rosters, contract news, Rally Cycling’s year, Zwift training camp and schools out for the WorldTour. Coffee time!

TOP STORY: Cutting Discs Again
The dangers of disk brakes has come to light again. In Saturday’s Grote Prijs van Brabant; race winner Maud Kaptheijns cut her knee on one of her own brake disks and needed to go to the hospital for stitches after the podium presentation.

Kaptheijns injury is the latest addition to the list of disk brake injuries after Francisco Ventoso in Paris-Roubaix and Owain Doull in Abu Dhabi. Disk brakes are to continue their ‘trial’ period on the road in 2018 for the fourth year. Surely after all this time someone at the UCI can make a decision on them being a good or bad thing… or could there be the possibility of money being involved?

Kaptheijns hospital bound:

DVV verzekeringen trofee – Koppenbergcross 2017
Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) is still in his winning from as he took Wednesday’s Koppenbergcross in Oudenaarde ahead of European champion Toon Aerts (Telenet-Fidea). World champion, Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles) could ‘only’ manage fourth behind Lars van der Haar (Telenet-Fidea). Van Aert must have been hoping to take his fourth Koppenbergcross win, but it wasn’t his day.

The course was a little different from last year, but the main obstacle was the famous cobbled climb used in the Ronde Van Vlaanderen, the Koppenberg, with the finish at the summit.

Van der Poel didn’t start well as he messed up clicking into his pedal, but it didn’t take long for him recover and he was soon in the lead ahead of Lars van der Haar on the first climb. On the descent he attacked and at the end of the first lap he had a six second gap.

Aerts chased Van der Poel and brought the others up to the Dutchman and then went into the lead himself. At the halfway point; Van der Poel took the time bonus sprint, but Aerts was not letting Van der Poel get any advantage and moved to the front splitting the race, making a lead group of: Aerts, Van der Poel, Van Aert and Van der Haar.

At the end of the 4th lap Van der Haar attacked and built up a lead of 11 seconds by the end of the lap. Van der Poel chased him down and dropped Van Aert, although he fought his way back, eventually. With one lap to go Van der Poel, Aerts and Van der Haar were together and the battle for victory would be on the final cobbled climb.

Halfway into the last lap, Van der Poel came through to the front and then put in his big attack leaving Aerts and Van der Haar to fight it out for second. Van der Poel sprinted up the cobbles of the Koppenberg for the last time and collapsed over the finish line. Aerts pulled away from Van der Haar for a fine second place and the World champion, Van Aert was fourth. Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games) was best of the chasers in fifth.

DVV verzekeringen trofee – Koppenbergcross Result:
1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Beobank-Corendon in 1:07:49
2. Toon Aerts (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 0:12
3. Lars van der Haar (Ned) Telenet-Fidea at 0:24
4. Wout Van Aert (Bel) Crelan-Charles at 1:14
5. Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:29
6. Jens Adams (Bel) Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice at 1:30
7. Corne Van Kessel (Bel) Telenet-Fidea at 1:36
8. Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:42
9. Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Marlux-Napoleon Games at 1:49
10. Laurens Sweeck (Bel) ERA-Circus at 1:50.


New Co-Sponsor for Fortuneo
With Warren Barguil joining the French Fortuneo team for 2018, the team has attracted a new sponsor. According to the Breton newspaper, Ouest France, Samsic will be the second names sponsor on the Fortuneo jersey. The Rennes based company, Samsic, is a business services company with 70,000 employees and a yearly turn over of two billion Euros.

The Fortuneo-Samsic line-up for 2018: Brice Feillu, Florian Vachon, Romain Hardy, Benoît Jarrier, Elie Gesbert, Armindo Fonseca, Arnaud Gérard. They will be joined by: Warren Barguil and Sindre Lunke (both Sunweb) Amaël Moinard (BMC), Jeremy Maison (FDJ), Bram Welten (BMC Development), Michael Carbel Svendgaard (Virtu) and new pros Clément Russo and Thibault Guernalec.

Stage wins and the KOM again for Barguil in the 2018 Tour:
Foix - France - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Warren BARGUIL (France / Team Sunweb) pictured during the 104th Tour de France 2017 - stage 13 from Saint-Girons to Foix, 101.00 km - foto NV/PN/Cor Vos © 2017

Another Year for Heinrich Haussler
Australian rider, Heinrich Haussler has signed a one year contract extension with the Bahrain-Merida team. After a bad early season in 2017 that saw Haussler race only on a handful of occasions, his end of year form has saved the career of the 33 year-old.

Matej Mohoric, Kristijan Koren, Gorka Izagirre, Hermann Pernsteiner and Domenico Pozzovivo are joining Bahrain-Merida for 2018. Janez Brajkovic, Ondrej Cinq and Tsgabu Grmay have left.

Heinrich Haussler:

Israel Cycling Academy Closes 2018 Roster
In the year that the Giro d’Italia will start in Israel, the home Israel Cycling Academy has filled its twenty-four man roster for 2018. Most notable new team signings are Belgian Ben Hermans from BMC and Spaniard Ruben Plaza from Orica-Scott.

Cycling Academy 2018 Roster: Edwin Avila (Col), Guillaume Boivin (Can), Zakkari Dempster (Aus), José Manuel Díaz (Spa), Nathan Earle (Aus), Sondre Holst Enger (Nor), Omer Goldstein (Isr), Roy Goldstein (Isr), Ben Herman (Bel), August Jensen (Nor), Luis Lemus (Mex), Krists Neilands (Lat), Guy Niv (Isr), Ben Perry (Can), Rubén Plaza (Spa), Mihkel Raim (Est), Guy Sagiv (Isr), Kristian Sbaragli (Ita), Hamish Schreurs (NZ), Daniel Turek (Cze), Dennis Van Winden (Ned), Tyler Williams (USA), Aviv Yechezkel (Isr), Ahmet Örken (Tur).

Mihkel Raim in Quebec:

Aevolo Unveils 2018 Team Lineup
Coming off a highly successful inaugural year, Aevolo has boosted the size of its roster to 12 riders for the 2018 season. Seven riders have re-signed, while five riders will don the green and gold Aevolo colors for the first time.

“With Jack (Burke), Jokin (Extabe) and Zeke (Mostov) moving on, we had to bring in five new riders,” Aevolo Team Director Mike Creed said. “Alex Hoehn and Fernando Islas will bolster our time trial strength, something we lacked a little of in 2017. Denzel Stephenson is going to add to our bread and butter strength as a team he’s strong, quick and aggressive. Kenny Boots is still a junior, so he won’t be on our UCI team. However, we can have him on the roster in races like Redlands where we hope to help build his fitness level, give him a chance to show off his time trial skills and build towards the junior worlds time trial in a stress-free environment. Last, but not least is Nick McKey. At junior nationals this year, I could see Nick was clearly the most relaxed, intuitive and well-rounded rider. I think other teams made a big mistake by not approaching Nick and their loss is our gain.”

The combined palmarés of the incoming riders include several national titles in an assortment of cycling disciplines. Islas is Mexican national junior champion in both the time trial and road race, Boots owns a national junior road title (15-16 category) and Stephenson is junior cyclocross national champion.

Among the returning riders is powerhouse Gage Hecht, who took a win at Redlands Classic and close second in the road race at this year’s U23 national championships. Hecht will be joined by Luis Villalobos, winner of the best young rider competition at Cascade Classic and Michael Hernandez, fourth on stage 2 of the 2017 Tour of Alberta. U23 cyclocross champion Lance Haidet, Jason Saltzman, Tyler Stites and Laurent Gervais have also signed with Aevolo for another year, rounding out a tough, cohesive young squad.

Hernandez said he’s looking forward to a second season racing with teammates that have a solid chemistry on and off the bike and is excited about the additional firepower.

“I think the edition of Alex and Kenny really improves our team,” Hernandez said. “Alex really showed his strength all last year in a variety of different races. Kenny will still be a junior next year so it will be interesting to see how he adapts to racing the Pro Road Tour races. Being junior national time trial champion shows he’s plenty strong. I’ve never met the three other signings personally, but by reputation I have no doubt they will bring the right attitude to mesh and enhance with our program.”

Aevolo 2018 roster:
Kenny Boots (USA), Denzel Stephenson (USA), Fernando Islas (MEX), Nick McKey (USA), Alex Hoehn (USA), Luis Villalobos (MEX), Jason Saltzman (USA), Michael Hernandez (USA), Laurent Gervais (CAN), Lance Haidet (USA), Tyler Stites (USA), Gage Hecht (USA).

The Aevolo team on an early season training ride:

A New Season Begins
Our back tyre is still on the roads of the 2017 season, while our front one is sprinting straight towards 2018.
A video shows the best moments from the UAE Team Emirates’ team meeting in Lugano, where they laid the groundwork for next year and addressed all the basic details that go into a cycling team.

There are 25 athletes on the 2018 roster: Anass Ait el Abdia, Fabio Aru, Darwin Atapuma, Matteo Bono, Sven Erik Bystrøm, Simone Consonni, Valerio Conti, Rui Costa, Kristijan Durasek, Roberto Ferrari, Filippo Ganna, Alexander Kristoff, Vegard Stake Laengen, Marco Marcato, Daniel Martin, Yousif Mirza, Manuele Mori, Simone Petilli, Jan Polanc, Edward Ravasi, Aleksandr Riabushenko, Rory Sutherland, Ben Swift, Oliviero Troia and Diego Ulissi.

During the reunion, decisions were made regarding the technical staff, which will call on members from 4 different countries to lead the UAE Team: Marco Marzano (Italy), Joxean Matxin (Spain), Philippe Mauduit (France), Simone Pedrazzini (Switzerland), Daniele Righi (Italy), Mario Scirea (Italy), Bruno Vicino (Italy), and Paolo Tiralongo (Italy) on board as assistant sports director.

Slipstream Sports Signs Swedish Road Champion Kim Magnusson
Slipstream Sports is proud to announce the signing of Swedish national road champion Kim Magnusson. The 25-year-old joins the WorldTour on a two-year deal from Team Tre Breg – Postnord.

“Stepping up to the WorldTour with Slipstream Sports is the most important step in my career so far,” said Magnusson. “For the past several years, I’ve worked very hard in training with the help of Thomas Löfvist, and I feel like now is the right time to step up. To be able to sign with Slipstream Sports, which from 2018 has the Swedish company EF Education First as the main sponsor is highly motivating and fun.”

“Kim will obviously meet for the very first time a professional set-up at the highest level of road cycling,” said sports director Andreas Klier. “I am sure that this will help him to develop his strength, and I’m looking forward to seeing until which stage of a race he is able to support our leaders.

“As the current Swedish champion, he obviously knows what is needed to win a race, and maybe if the team strategy allows him to be in one of the races in a similar situation, he can take an opportunity for himself,” Klier added. “He is an interesting rider, and I am looking forward to working with him.”

Magnusson will make his debut in argyle on Friday 3 November at the Rouleur Classic. He takes the stage at the Rouleur Theatre in London at 3:40 GMT to launch the POC Cycling kit that Team EF Education First – Drapac p/b Cannondale will wear in 2018.

“We have built an international reputation around safety and innovation and a big part of that is our Swedish heritage,” said POC CEO Jonas Sjögren. “Naturally we are avid supporters of Swedish cycling and have also partnered with the Swedish Cycling Federation until 2020. To see Kim, the current Swedish road champion, join Slipstream and be a part of a broader Swedish connection on the WorldTour is truly inspiring and motivating.”

Magnusson joins a crop of neo-pros in a new-look Slipstream Sports in 2018. He’ll learn the WorldTour ropes alongside Dan MacLay and Logan Owen from the likes of Rigoberto Uran, Sep Vanmarcke, Pierre Rolland and Simon Clarke.

“For the next season, I’m looking forward to a lot of things,” said Magnusson. “I’m excited to meet my new teammates and the staff, get new influences regarding my training, line up for new races, and, most importantly, to compete on the highest level.

“I’m eager to start the new season and to work to help our team leaders achieve great results,” Magnusson added. “I see myself best-suited to stage races and hilly one-day races, but I’m ready to explore it all.”

While Magnusson will play a key role in Friday’s kit launch, fans will need to wait until January to see him in his Swedish champion jersey. Magnusson is eager for this reveal.

“I want to show myself and the Swedish champion jersey to the cycling world in the best possible way,” said Magnusson. “I’m eager to gain important experiences with a great team in a key year in my career.”

Fun Fact: Kim’s father, Glenn Magnusson, and Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters were teammates in 1999.

Kim Magnusson:

BAHRAIN MERIDA Team Signs Trainee Mark Padun
BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team signs the neo-pro Mark Padun, who has been a trainee in our team since August.

The 21-year-old Ukrainian cyclist was one of the most promising U23 riders from Team Colpack, that is BAHRAIN MERIDA’s development team. Padun did the first race in our jersey in the challenging Coppa Agostoni, where he was in the break for almost 160 km.

“Mark is a very talented young rider. We were aware that he’s got talent and he confirmed his true value at the Agostoni” says Brent Copeland, General Manager of the BAHRAIN MERIDA Team. “We’re very happy now to sign his first professional contract and we are very pleased to have such a talented neo-pro riding for us. We believe that in the professional category he will definitely show his true value. We have been following Mark closely in the past and he has proved what he is worth as a cyclist, a stage win and a 5th overall at the Giro as well as victories and good podium places in other international races show that he has what it takes to think about his move to the professional category.”

“It was a very big pleasure to ride with a big Team like BAHRAIN MERIDA as a trainee and an even bigger pleasure to sign an agreement as a pro rider,” comments Mark Padun. “The debut at the Coppa Agostoni was something special and to be with the team at October Training Camp was very exciting too. There I could experience how precious is for a rider to be supported by such a great staff.”

This year Mark Padun won the Trofeo Piva, the GP Capodarco and one stage of Giro d’Italia Under 23, where he also took 5th place in the overall classification. Moreover, he took other important results, as the second place at the Flecha du Sud in Luxembourg, Last year he won a stage on Giro Valle Aosta, wore pink jersey for 2 days and was 2nd in the overall classification. He also won TT national championship.

“If I think back a year ago, I believed that sooner or later I would succeed in becoming a pro rider,” adds the young Ukrainian cyclist, “but if I go back two years, it was like something impossible. It was my big dream and I went to Italy to make it come true.”

“It is a big surprise for me and my parents too that I joined this team. My family is very proud of me and satisfied with this new great step in my career. I’m a GC rider. Races with a lot of climbs, like Ardennes Classics or Il Lombardia, suit me. I like hors catégorie climbs. Now I’m looking forward to start training with the Team for next year.”

Padun is one of the best riders in U23 in the world, specialized in climbing and everybody in the team is excited to have this young talented rider in our jersey.

Mark Padun:

Rally Cycling: 2017 Year in review
Riders share their favorite moments from an incredible year.

It’s hard to overstate just how incredible the 2017 season was for Rally Cycling. We made history at the Tour of California, won nine national championships in Canada and the US, and took overall victory at five of North America’s biggest stage races. Simply put, the team dominated racing in North America. We asked a few members of Rally Cycling to share what it was about the team this year that led to such amazing results – so read on, laugh, cry and celebrate an all-time banner year with one of America’s oldest cycling team’s. Thank you to our partners and fans for all of your support!

Rob Britton
“There were honestly too many high points to count from this year. Starting with Evan Huffman winning Tour of the Gila and TWO stages of the Tour of California. For me, winning stage five of the Tour de Beauce and then winning the overall at the Tour of Utah were huge. Utah was the biggest result of my professional career, and I will never forget that. Then we capped off the North American season by winning the Tour of Alberta – it was a fairytale season.”

Erica Allar
“The 2017 season was one for the books! Winning North Star in both individual and team general classification was huge for us. Our Canadians tore it up at road nationals, and from a personal standpoint winning the US Criterium Championship was the highlight for me. Not only did the team mesh on the bike, but we had a unique bond off the bike. Sara Bergen started a “photo project” where we would stage an epic photo with props. The one that stands out the most for me is from Joe Martin, one of the first races we did together as a team. Our host had this beautiful, antiquated home with priceless pieces of art, fine cutlery and dinnerware. The girls got together and set the dinner table with our hosts’ dinnerware, and Bergen set the mood with some candles. The photos turned out awesome, and there was a lot of laughing in the process. It pretty much set the tone for the season. That picture, as well as additional photo projects, are on our social media sites!”

Evan Huffman
“The highlight for me was Tour of California. Winning two stages was a career-defining result in itself, but it was extra special for me being my home race and coming back after a bittersweet second place stage result the year before. It was also significant having my fiancé Heather there every day. Getting married to her in October will certainly be a highlight of my year, if not my entire life.”

Emma White
“My 2017 road season with Rally Cycling has truly been one of my favorites since I started racing bikes ten years ago. On and off the bike, I experienced a new level of passion for what I do that I have never really felt to this extent. The team’s improvement throughout the season was undeniable and being a part of it was special. Personally, it was a breakout season with getting my first UCI stage win at Gila, first stage race win at the North Star Grand Prix, and a couple of U23 National titles. Even more than that, the planning and tactics the team displayed all year is what made the season unforgettable. Whether or not we got the results, I’ve never raced with such a cohesive group. We have our staff to thank for that!”

Brad Huff
“I came into 2017 more trained than I have ever been but it was my connection with my teammates that carried me the farthest. One key moment was when Pierrick Naud and I were fly fishing in Bend, Oregon, after one of the stages of the Cascade Classic. We rode a 150cc scooter down to the river in the middle of town. He ties a fly, and we reflect on our season together. Quickly he has a fish. We are smiling with excitement at the prospect of a keeper. That day was symbolic for me of how our team would pull together and help each other land a “big fish” – a.k.a. win. 2017 was by far the most memorable year for myself and all of Rally Cycling. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.”

Matteo Dal-Cin
“It was a treat to be part of Rally Cycling in 2017. We came out swinging for the fences at every race we did. For me, the highlight had to be winning Nationals at home and getting some redemption for last year where I crashed out in the last corner and didn’t get a chance to go for the win. It was super exhilarating to win at home and I’m excited to fly the Canadian flag going into next year with Rally Cycling.”

Allison Beveridge
“Going into the 2017 season I didn’t know what to expect. I was coming off an injury that forced me off of my bike for a large part of the offseason. It was a big change from my usual winters of being a part of the Canadian track team that trains and races throughout the winter. I knew it would be a slow start to the season coming off my surgery, which contained a lot of ups and downs. This slow start to the season all paid off throughout TTT camp, Nature Valley Grand Prix, Canadian Road Nationals, and American TTT Nationals. This stretch was by far my favorite with the team, with a lot of fun and success on and off the bike. In particular, road nationals was unique for me and the rest of the Canadians on the team. The race was ours to lose. We were able to force and stack a break and then finish it off with a seamless lead-out going 1-2-4. It was one of the most selfless and strongest rides that I have ever witnessed. To pull on the national champion’s jersey is something I’ll always remember.”

Emerson Oronte
“Despite all the outstanding individual performances, victories were always shared. Sacrifices reciprocated. I attribute this to the personalities on the team and the humble confidence we share as a group. Yes, we beat ourselves up at training camp, racing up each climb and half wheeling one another on the front, but it was never personal. It was never one rider saying to another rider “I’m better than you, I’m stronger.” Instead, we collectively viewed these small challenges the same way; as motivation to show up and do the work day-in, day-out.”

Colin Joyce
“I loved my time with the team this year. I felt like we were all able to mesh well on and off the bike. There were different opportunities for all of us to shine and it was nice having a team backing each other throughout the year. It is a pretty laid back team and that is nice. No stress really, we just keep it light and fun. One of the best memories was my time with the team on the Alberta podium at the end of the year for the team classification win. Spraying each other with champagne, laughing and having fun. It was a symbol of the whole year for us – work hard together, perform well as a team and we all get something out of it. Then we can celebrate and have fun as well. I love this team and am excited for my future with Rally Cycling.”

Sepp Kuss
“For me, the highlight of the season was the unique mentality and ‘personality’ of the team. During races, we hold ourselves and our teammates accountable for performing well, all while maintaining a cheerful, family atmosphere. I think the environment of the team speaks to the incredible performances we’ve had as a group this year. Every team member is excited to take part in the group’s success knowing they can return to the RV or the dinner table after the race and celebrate or speak honestly as friends rather than simply colleagues.”

Jonas Carney
“There were so many great performances in 2017. It would be hard to pick just one. Ultimately, the thing I will remember most is the atmosphere inside the team. No matter what happened in the race or how much pressure the riders were under, they were always having fun. This was an important factor that contributed to many of the team’s successes. I’ll always remember how the culture of the team and the camaraderie among teammates helped us to reach another level.”

Zach Bell
“In 2017 I think you saw a lot of the women coming of age in the sport. They are getting to a point where they believe in each other and it creates great opportunities for success. It’s easier to take the risk, put in that big dig, if you know you have a group that can cover your back. The riders have been doing the right work to become better individuals, teammates and ambassadors for the sport. It’s an exciting time to be involved in women’s cycling and even more exciting to be a part of the special culture growing within the Rally Cycling women’s program.”

Pat McCarty
“Its hard to pick one or even a few moments from this 2017 season. From start to finish, it was a standout year for this program. One theme that persisted which was very memorable for me, was the laughter in the RV before the start of each race. Sometimes we would be only moments away from tackling the next big stage, looking to win, or defending the overall lead, and there would be a roar coming from within the bus. No matter the plan for the day, how serious the team meeting was, how much pressure we put on the guys to perform, they absorbed everything and always made time to bond and have fun with each other. It’s not easy to break the ice before an important competition, but with this group it was a constant. And for them I think it was essential. It was their time to relax before they would get down to business and work to accomplish our goals. In my opinion, they mastered their time on and off the bike this year.”

Eric Wohlberg
“For myself, the most memorable parts of 2017 were what this team has done above and beyond the scope of bike racing. While almost everyone can track the significant performances the teams had, not too many know of our efforts to positively impact people’s lives. Our involvement with the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is a huge source of pride for me. While grappling with a very heavy race calendar, we created the time to staff and support several UHCCF events and charity rides. It was never an issue to find people willing to represent Rally Cycling because everyone believes in this organization. It should also be noted that our very generous sponsors gladly signed up to support these UHCCF events, so it was indeed a whole team event.

While we enjoyed record performances at the 2017 Tour Of California, we helped raise over $30K for the foundation through the auction of custom painted Diamondback bicycles. Each bike represented a passion or hope of a child who is less fortunate. Through this connection we had families visit us at several events over the course of the season. In each case, the entire team was under huge pressure to perform on that day. Everyone onsite welcomed some of smallest and most exuberant fans and their families. A tour of the RV, gift bags from the soigneurs, signed hats, t-shirts and of course plenty of photo opportunities were the standard on each visit. There was never a need to explain the importance of this activity to everyone onsite as we all want to make a difference to these families in need. I am proud of the whole team for understanding the importance of all our sponsor activities and especially their genuine passion with regard to anything UHCCF.”

Team Dimension Data & Zwift to host world’s largest training camp
Qhubeka to benefit from world’s largest virtual training camp, taking place from 13 – 19 November.

Zwift, the global online fitness platform for cyclists, is to host what is set to be the world’s largest training camp in partnership with Team Dimension Data. The training camp will feature a mix of group rides and Group Workouts. Group Workouts are a new addition to Zwift and make structured training sessions more social – keeping riders of different abilities banded together, regardless of their exact power output. This could be the only chance to complete a sprints workout shoulder-to-shoulder with Mark Cavendish!

The rides, open to Zwifters globally, can be found listed on the Zwift Events Pages and will be led by riders from World Tour outfit, Team Dimension Data from the team’s end-of-season camp in Cape Town, South Africa. Zwifters are encouraged to donate to Qhubeka to raise money for Qhubeka Bicycles. These are distributed into Qhubeka’s various work-to-earn, learn-to-earn and disaster relief programmes. The Qhubeka Bicycle ($150) and Team DiData kit ($25) will be available to unlock in-game via a charitable donation to Qhubeka.

“Zwift is an amazing platform that connects people around the globe,” says Doug Ryder, Team Principal for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka. “Their virtual world allows us to engage with our fans in a truly unique way, and brings people closer to our charitable cause, Qhubeka. We are delighted that through Zwift, we can offer fans the opportunity to join the world’s largest training camp, which in turn will put more children in Africa on bicycles.”

“We are proud to once again be in a position to support Qhubeka and the work they do to get more people moving forward with bicycles,” says Steve Beckett, VP Marketing, Zwift. “This is a truly unique experience to ride with the world’s best professional riders. Something that wouldn’t be possible on such a scale outside the virtual environment of Zwift. The series is intended to be an enjoyable, social experience for our community that will get them to #RidewithReason this November.”

Full information will be available at zwift.com/teamdd

Schools Out!
There was a definite feeling of the last day of school at the Tour de France Shanghai Criterium last week. Singing and arm-wrestling from Alberto Contador, Marcel Kittel and Chris Froome. Roll on 2018.

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