For those who joined the BDOVELO webinar last year with Harry Tanfield, you may recall that on that dark, grim November evening, Harry announced that having ridden for Team Katusha Alpecin and more recently Team AG2R Mondiale, he would be plying his trade in 2021 with Team Qhubeka Assos (formerly Team NTT Pro). He also promised to share some insights of his season as it unfolded…..
Who, or what, are Qhubeka Assos?
In short, Qhubeka is a South African based charity which donates bicycles to people to help improve their access to schools, jobs, and opportunities. Assos is the “Gucci” of cycling apparel - a brand to which many of us aspire. The Qhubeka Assos team’s principal is Doug Ryder, the former South African professional cyclist.
The video link will provide some background but an update on Harry’s progress, now the season has started will add colour….
In fact, I caught up with Harry as he waited to transfer through Paris on to the UAE where he has a series of races before returning to Belgium at the end of the month. It was good timing - Team Qhubeka Assos had just claimed their first season win, with Giacomo Nizzolo winning the Classico d’Almeira in Spain.
How are you settling into the new team? It’s good fun, 27 riders from 16 nationalities. We’ve been away on a training camp in Alicante, which has been hard but really enjoyable. It was a new area for me to train in: great roads and good weather, …. most of the time.
How have you found the new kit, new bike and support? We are riding BMC bikes, with Hunt wheels and kitted out by Assos - so no complaints there. We aren’t a wealthy team and probably one of those team with a smaller budget; we may even be the smallest but everything’s great and we are all getting along and looking forward to racing. We are also a bit different given the social purpose of Qhubeka, so that’s all new.
Are you ready for the UAE Tour? I’ve never ridden in the UAE before so expecting it to be hot but I’m looking forward to it and then it’s on to Belgium for a couple of races (where it won’t be a s hot, for sure!).
Are we likely to see you on a BDOVELO ride this year? I hope so, let’s see how covid impacts on our travels and how the season is going but I’m keen to join you and do please share the QA team’s contact details if anyone wants to hear more about the team.
Thanks Harry, stay safe and we’ll chat again in March.
For those interested in hearing more about the team, contact details are below: