26th January, 2015
At FLS cycling tours, cycling is our passion. As some of you may know FLS is a keen supporter of the Qhubeka foundation, donating one bicycle to the charity for every cycling tour that we host. We are very excited to announce that after our amazing Tour of Burgundy last year we have successfully donated a Qhubeka Buffalo bicycle to a school child in need. A big thank you and congratulations to all those who have taken the leap with us this year! For further information visit http://qhubeka.org/2013/
#GiveHope – Donate to Qhubeka
28th April, 2014
FLS Takes the leap…
To the Vuelta Tour 2015!
Since 2012 FLS Cycling Tours has been involved with the Qhubeka foundation through a shared passion for cycling. In 2014 FLS proudly presents a once in a life time opportunity to experience history in the making in conjunction with Africa’s first pro-continental cycling team, MTN Qhukeba. In August of this year MTN Qhubeka will officially be the first African team to take the leap and compete in one of the three Grand Tours. FLS would like to offer you a place among 16 guests to be a part of this unique and unforgettable tour. Below is just a taste of what we have in store for those brave enough to…
Take the Leap
13th January, 2014
Qhubeka is the Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa) word that means ‘to carry on’, ‘to progress’ or ‘to move forward’. The various projects established by the Qhubeka Foundation aim to achieve just that: to help rural communities move forward. In 2013 Faire Le Saut Cycling Tours, became involved in the Qhubeka projects as a result of a shared passion for cycling and the belief that the bicycles earned will drastically improve the lives of individuals across South Africa. Our involvement in the Qhubeka project is simple, for every cycling tour hosted by our FLS team we will donate at least one bicycle. In July 2013 Faire Le Saut Cycling Tours ventured into the stunning Languedoc and Provence regions for a CUSTOM designed Mother-Daughter Tour. To commemorate this tour we have decided that our SECOND Qhubeka donation would be given to Lungile Masikani and her 4 daughters who had earned the bikes through their community services. Having earned a total of 5 bicycles for their efforts Lungile and her girls are planning to sell 4 of the bicycles in order to buy clothes and blankets for their home. In 2014 we hope to continue our involvement with the Qhubeka foundation and its valuable work throughout South Africa.
Fantastic victory for Gerald Ciolek, and the MTN Qhubeka team, despite grueling conditions in the 2013 Milan-San Remo.
21st March, 2013
Get behind MTN Qhubeka, the team with a cause.
19th March, 2013
It’s the story of a bike that brought African people together, and which won Milan-Sanremo in Europe. Twenty-two kilos of strength, all-road tyres, and a jumbo luggage rack – the Qhubeka bikes have brought joy to more than 40,000 children on the African continent. One of these bikes has been on display since Monday in the collection of the International Cycling Union (UCI), at their headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland. The non-governmental organisation Qhubeka has been promoting the bicycle in Africa. It distributes bicycles to children to help them get to school or to health centres. To get a bike, you have to, for example, plant a given number of trees or recycle bicycle components. In this way, the project has social, ecological, health-related and sporting aspects. If using one of these models helps a young cyclist to discover his or her athletic qualities, he or she can then try competing in events. Qhubeka is actually the sponsor of the Team MTN-Qhubeka presented by Samsung, the team that won Milan-Sanremo on Sunday through Gerald Ciolek, and the first in Africa to move into the UCI Professional Continental (second division) category. Since January, they have a feeder team of riders trained at the World Cycling Centre in Africa. Pat McQuaid, UCI President, was delighted on Monday when he received a Qhubeka bike. “This bike means a lot to Africa, and it is playing an important role in the development of cycling on the continent,” he declared. “This magnificent symbol will have pride of place at the UCI headquarters, and remind us of the benefits of cycling.” Frédéric Magné, Director of the World Cycling Centre, commented: “Qhubeka is supporting African schoolchildren today, and probably the African champions of tomorrow. The WCC will continue to engage in this global project by training and educating in Switzerland or in South Africa, athletes, coaches, mechanics and soigneurs…” Jean-Pierre Van Zyl, Director of the World Cycling Centre in Africa, had brought the bike back to the UCI from the race service area of the Team MTN-Qhubeka presented by Samsung in Lucca, Italy. On Friday, two days before the participation of the team in the Milan-Sanremo event, the former champion Felice Gimondi rode on the same model. “It’s a robust and performant bike, like the ones they used to make in my day,” he said. The UCI Road World Champion of 1973, winner of the Tour de France in 1965, and of three Giro d’Italia et and one Vuelta a Espana, continued in a playful tone: “My dream is now that a rider wins the Tour de France on a bike like this.”
19th March, 2013 by Edmond Hood PEZ Talk: MTN-Qhubeka’s Boss, Douglas Ryder
Douglas Ryder is the man behind luring Gerald Ciolek away from arguably the best one day team in the world to a small up and coming African outfit. He’s a man with a mission, clear goals and a strong work ethic, for both he and his troops. Ed Hood caught up with Ryder just before their huge success in La Primavera to talk about his hopes and dreams for the team that has got the cycling world talking. We tipped him for a podium in Mialn-Sanremo; but when we saw the composition of the lead group of six ripping in to Sanremo on Sunday we knew there was only going to be one winner. Ciolek is one of the very fastest and neither Sagan nor Cancellara could best him.It seemed a strange move for Gerald Ciolek to move from arguably the world’s best ‘one day’ team – the mighty QuickStep – and the World Tour with a guaranteed start in every one of the world’s major races, to the new comers to the Pro Continental ranks, MTN-Qhubeka. But the German’s decision has paid off handsomely; he was top five in Laigueglia, won the bunch sprint for 11th in Gent-Gent and then there was a stage win in the Three days of West Flanders. If you knew what you were looking at it was obvious this was a highly motivated man with a point to prove.
The man behind this coup is a small dapper South African called Douglas Ryder; we spoke to him not long before the Primavera to her what he had to say about his ‘team with a dream.’ Just to remind you who’s behind the team, here’s what Douglas explained to us back at the Worlds, last September;
“MTN is Africa’s Movistar, if you like; they’re a telecoms company who operate in 21 African countries.
Qhubeka is part of World Bike Relief; it’s a Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa) word that means “to carry on”, “to progress”, “to move forward”. Qhubeka projects aim to help rural communities move forward and progress by giving bicycles to children in return for work done to improve their environment and their community.
Samsung have just come aboard as a new partner, it all fits – they’re about mobility; MTN provide the mobile networks and we want to mobilize the kids. To that end, more than 100,000 bikes have been distributed since 2004″