South Africa continues to hold on to the Top UCI AFRICA TOUR Cycling Nation for 31 weeks, followed closely by Eritrea only 807 points behind and then Algeria.
In the Top African UCI Teams ranking, ProTouch South Africa maintains the Number One Team in Africa position, 146 points ahead of the Rwandan Benediction Excel Energy Team, with TEG ProCycling Team, hot on their heels 213 Points behind. All three of these Continental Teams are in their maiden years as UCI-registered Continental Teams.
ProTouch, who is also ranked in the Top 100 (93/207) World Ranking [including World Tour, Pro Continental and Continental Teams] has had busy schedule since the start of the season undertaking fifteen UCI events in ten countries, across four continents. They have just completed a 7-week Europe Tour in order to expose their riders to this higher level of racing, as preparation for 2020.
Three of its riders [Jayde Julius, Kent Main and Clint Hendricks] were also selected to participate in the Africa Games that starts next week in Morocco, alongside World Tour riders [Ryan Gibbons and Stefan de Bod, from Team Dimension Data] and TEG Pro Cycling’s Jason Oosthuizen. The balance of the year will contain tours in Indonesia, China, Iran and Senegal as well as some local racing back home. “It is great that locally-based riders are having the opportunity to race alongside World Tour Riders, this further enables their ability to prepare better and perform on the international stage”, commented Rebecca Eliot, Founder of the Support SA Talent Project. “All four of these locally registered riders are placed in the Top 10 UCI South Africa rankings, alongside Ryan and Stefan as well as our SA Champion, Daryl Impey, Reinhardt Janse Van Rensburg, Louis Meintjes and other local rider, Gustav Basson.”
In the Ladies Olympic Qualification Rankings, World Tour rider and SA Champion Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, dominates the rankings followed by locally based Maroesjka Matthee, Joanna Van de Winkel, Liezel Jordaan and Zanri Rossouw. Maroesjka, Joanna, Zanri and upcoming U23 rider Tiffany Keep will also be joining Ashleigh at Africa Games next week. Good luck and safe riding to our TeamSA Ladies and Mens riders.
Four Junior riders [Tiano da Silva – ProTouch’s current SA Track, Road and ITT Champion – Office Guru’s Dillon Geary, Aidan Geary and Keagan Van Wyk} were all selected to participate in the Junior World Track Championships and eagerly awaiting final Road World Championship selections.
The Support SA Talent Road Cycling Series Leaderboards this week remain unchanged, ahead of upcoming races during the latter part of August and September. Marc Pritzen [Office Guru Racing U23], Jason Oosthuizen [TEG ProCycling] and Kent Main [ProTouch Continental] occupy the first three places in the overall series, only 16 and 25 points behind the leader. They are followed closely by Office Guru’s Dylan Girdlestone and ProTouch’s Clint Hendricks.
In the Ladies Overall Series Category, the three leaders are Tiffany Keep [Valley Electrical – Titan racing], Liezel Jordaan [Team Customised] and Carla Oberholzer [Demacon-Max Wax].
In the Best Local Team Category, Office Guru Racing is in the top position, followed closely [30 points] by the remaining ProTouch Continental Team, not currently racing abroad. The following upcoming events, should make for some exciting racing in the lead up to the final events of the season:
- EVENT 25 – 25 AUG – Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship
- EVENT 26 – 15 SEPT – MTN Khemani Road Classic (Swaziland)
- EVENT 27- 15 SEPT – Rand Water Race for Victory
- EVENT 28 – 21 SEPT – Loskop Road Race
- EVENT 30 – 29 SEPT – Medihelp Trapnet Cycle Challenge
- EVENT 31 – 4 OCT – The Classic by D’S Damat (Botswana)
- EVENT 32-12 OCT – Takealot Satellite Classic
- EVENT 34 – 20 OCT – Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic
- EVENT 35- 27 OCT – Carnival City Macsteel National Classic
- EVENT 36 – 3 NOV – Tshwane Capital Classic
- EVENT 37 – 17 NOV – Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge
THE SUPPORT SA TALENT PROJECT was initially created to assist in recognising our locally-based athletes and a platform to rank riders and teams. It recognises that one of the toughest challenges that faces our athletes, is that of funding – there is simply not enough sponsorship money available to enable athletes onto the World Stage.
“By assembling an ecosystem [of existing components] and creating a platform to recognise and celebrate South African talent; build fan engagement [by leveraging technology and media]; and, accessing international opportunities, we believe that we can build a sustainable funding model for road cyclists, with a financial return for investors”, added Rebecca Eliot.
A new partnership – that will be announced next week – will also provide SA Road Cyclists with access to a host of athlete services including contract negotiations, international team placement, visa, travel and logistical support, financial services as well as brand endorsement opportunities for athletes.
The full bouquet of offerings that makes up the Project includes commercial properties, that create impact while delivering investor returns:
- MEDIA, DATA AND BROADCAST PLATFORM – delivering digital content, performance data and engagement for fans and followers.
- CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM – to enable donations and contributions for athletes, teams and events and innovative options including donation of expiring or unused airline miles, to cover travel costs associated with participating in international events.
- SERVICES BUSINESS – delivering logistics [visas, travel etc.] and brand endorsement/ agent services (excluding training and coaching- type services).
- ATHLETE AFFINITY CARD – which provides contributions as a % spend from everyday household retailers, from a fan base.
- IMPACT INVESTOR PROGRAMME – where individuals, businesses and sports alumni, can INVEST FOR IMPACT in South African athletes.
While the project has been incubated in the Road Cycling vertical, it is believed that it can unleash the passion South Africans have for sport and provide a platform to INVEST IN THE DREAM of the World Stage for multiple disciplines in the future.
It is approaching investors – PASSIONATE ABOUT SPORT – to invest in this Impact Investment Project. They have been careful to structure the support as an Investment and not, the traditional sponsorship format. SUPPORT SA TALENT has the ability to disrupt the Sports Tech sector – building a media and broadcasting property, data and analytics and athlete representation business, as well as a sustainable revenue generating business.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Rebecca Eliot – founder of the Support SA Talent Project on +27 83 656 4632 or az.oc1566767013.tnel1566767013atast1566767013roppu1566767013s@ofn1566767013i1566767013.