Louis Visser will be joining the South African based and registered TEG Procycling Continental Team for the 2019 season.
“I am very excited about joining TEG Procycling Team. I think it is a great opportunity that has come my way. I have raced mainly in Italy for the past two years being part of Team Dimension Data Continental. By joining TEG Procycling Team I have been granted the opportunity of racing in other parts of the world against many Pro Continental Teams,” says Louis.
Louis will be working with Hein Badenhorst, general manager and DS (directeur sportif) who was his coach at Team Dimension Data Continental in 2017, as well as Trevor Court, former Team Tour Dimension Data coach for the past 7 years.
After Louis matriculated in Oudtshoorn in 2016 he joined Team Dimension Data Continental and was based in Italy for 2 years. Louis gained valuable experience while based in Italy.
“The racing in Italy is very hard – the heart of U23 racing in the world. I learned a lot about racing, interacting and working with people from other cultures and making new friends,” says Louis.
Louis has proven himself as a team player during the 2018 season in fulfilling the role of a domestique in the team. In the UCI races Louis competed in during 2018, the team earned 9 top 10 finishes. On that high level of racing that achievement is significant. Louis admits that being a domistique can be frustrating, but it was a good learning curve for him.
Louis has been racing in Europe since 2015. He toured in Europe with Barry Austin’s LEADout squad in 2015 and raced in Spain in 2016. He was still a junior then, and that gave him the experience to be selected to ride for Team Dimension Data Continental in 2017 and 2018.
Being part of TEG Procycling Team based in Pretoria will have many advantages for the riders that have joined the Team. The University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre which will serve as the base of the team with world class facilities providing the infrastructure for the team with a support structure of physiotherapists, sport scientists and medical staff. The medical- and sport science departments will continuously monitor the riders and use their performance data for cycling specific research at the University. The team will have accommodation on the University Campus and riders will also be enrolled for higher certificates at the University of Pretoria, furthering their education while they pursue their cycling careers.
The riders confirmed as part of the TEG outfit for 2019 to date are: Ryan Harris, Gustav Basson, Brandon Downes, Louis Visser, Jason Oosthuizen and Eddie van Heerden.
Team TEG will commence their 2019 season with the Tour of Indonesia (2.1) from 21-24 January, the International Rhodes Grand Prix (1.2) and International Tour of Rhodes (2.2) in Greece during March and the Baltyk – Karkonosze Tour (UCI 2.2) during May 2019.
“We wish Louis Visser and the TEG Procycling Team the best for the 2019 season.”