The UCI World Road Championships will take place in Richmond, USA from 20-27 September. Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung will have 8 riders at the championships, representing their respective nations.
In the u23 category, Merhawi Kudus will be competing in both the time trial and road race events for Eritrea. Our trainee, Jayde Julius will represent South Africa during the u23 road race.
In the Elite events, Edvald Boasson Hagen will concentrate on the road race for Norway while Tyler Farrar does the same for the home nation, the United States of America. Youcef Reguigui will represent Algeria during the road race with Jaco Venter and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg both lining up for the South African team. It will only be our Brit, Steve Cummings who takes part in the time trial as well as the road race.
The schedule of events is as follows:
u23 Time Trial – Monday 21 September (30km)
Elite Time Trial – Wednesday 23 September (53km)
u23 Road Race – Friday 25 September (162km)
Elite Road Race – Sunday 27 September (259km)
Tyler Farrar – Rider
It is a huge honour to line up for the U.S. at a World Championship in America. That’s really a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am so happy to have made the team and we will be looking to put on a good show for the home fans.
Merhawi Kudus – Rider
I am really happy and excited to be racing world champs for my country Eritrea. We have always received a lot of support from our fans while racing during the year. Now we get to race for our country which makes me motivated and also very proud.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg – Rider
The World Championships is always a fantastic spectacle and a highlight of the season. I am looking forward to worlds in Richmond and I think the course suits our South African team well. We will be looking to a top result and I think we have a great chance of doing something special.
Edvald Boasson Hagen – Rider
It’s a pretty hard course but you can’t count out the sprinters. In Kristoff we have a really good contender for the win. I will look to do a good job for him but the possibility could arise where I get to take my own chance.
About MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung
Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung was founded in 2007, steadily working its way up from a regional team to now being a Continental Pro team with bases in South Africa and Italy. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung’s goal is to give talented African riders a path into the pro peloton while raising funds for Qhubeka. In 2015, MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung are inviting you to help them mobilise 5,000 kids on bicycles. To contribute to the #BicyclesChangeLives Campaign, click here.
Qhubeka is an Nguni word that means “to progress”, “to move forward”. Qhubeka (qhubeka.org) is World Bicycle Relief’s program in South Africa. World Bicycle Relief (worldbicyclerelief.org) is a global non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation. Since World Bicycle Relief’s founding in 2005, it has delivered more than 220,000 specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to people in need. To contribute to the #BicyclesChangeLives Campaign, click here.
MTN (mtn.co.za) is a long-time supporter of Qhubeka and the team. Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator, connecting 219.2 million subscribers in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.