Annecy - Team Dimension Data for
Qhubeka will wear a special edition orange Oakley helmet on Stage 11 of the
Tour de France on Wednesday, as part of the global Mandela Day centenary celebrations.
Orange is the official colour of
the Nelson Mandela Foundation and so our team will wear the same as a tribute
After the stage the helmets will
be signed by the riders and auctioned off at a later date; with the proceeds
all going to Qhubeka.
In addition, all of our riders
and staff will also be wearing a variety of t-shirts from the 46664 range, a
Nelson Mandela Foundation initiative.
The helmets were presented to our
eight riders at dinner on Tuesday night by team principal Douglas Ryder who
also shared a few thoughts on what Nelson Mandela’s legacy means.
"Mandela Day has a special place
in our hearts. As a South African registered team on the World Tour we are
incredibly proud to be able to play our part in continuing to shine the light
on the iconic former statesman.
"Mr Mandela would have been 100
years old in 2018 and so to have the chance to show our appreciation to him and
his family is a real privilege. The theme this year is ‘Be the Legacy’ and we
believe that resonates with what we are trying to achieve, both on and off the
bike, perfectly. Imagine the impact we could have if everyone followed his
example, and tried to make a difference in the lives of others, this is why we
“Our first stage win at the Tour
de France was on this day in 2015, which gives it an even greater special
meaning to our team.”
The team are also ambassadors for
Laureus South Africa for whom President Mandela played a crucial part in the
formation of the global Laureus Foundation.
In November 2017 we visited
Robben Island, where the chairperson of Laureus South Africa and academy member, Morne du Plessis, joined to explain the inspirational meaning President
Mandela held for him personally.
That video can be viewed HERE