In March 2017 80 young riders from across the Western Cape took part in the HotChillee Cape Rouleur Young Rider Prologue. Based on aged related performances 16 young riders were selected to join the 2018 Team Bäckstedt HotChillee SA programme run by UK events company HotChillee and former Swedish pro-cyclist Magnus Bäckstedt.
As part of the 2018 programme Team Bäckstedt HotChillee SA riders have undergone UCI Wattbike performance testing at Velokhaya, ridden with the Dimension Data World Tour Team, meet the team management who are already watching their progress closely, had the opportunity to join coaching sessions and training rides with Magnus Bäckstedt, compete in South African and European races including the Coronation Double Century, and will take part in the HotChillee Cape Rouleur and HotChillee London-Paris in 2018.
As part of their cycling development programme in South Africa HotChillee hosted the second annual Young Rider Summit at the Cullinan Tsogo Sun Hotel in Cape Town. It was attended by Team Bäckstedt HotChillee riders, young riders from across the Western Cape, members of CSA, PPA, Dimension Data, Ministers from the Western Cape Government, new sponsors Rainmaker, Wattbike, Velokhaya, Cape Town Giants, Alpha Bodyworks as well as national and international business leaders and industry professionals.
The summit was in its second year where young riders were able to share experiences and hear motivational stories from industry professionals, Government Ministers and pro riders, including Team Dimension Data’s Nic Dlamini, and Magnus Bäckstedt himself.
Aged between 16-23 and want to join the programme in 2018? Young riders from across the Western Cape will be selected for next year’s Team Bäckstedt HotChillee Programme at the Cape Rouleur 2018 Prologue on 4 March 2018 in Franschhoek.
“Since signing my first professional contract here in SA and the Western Cape, it feels like my career has now come full circle. Being able to guide the new generation of SA riders towards their dreams and putting something back in to the sport that has given me so much, gives me great pleasure. Youth development has been a big focus for me during the past few years in the UK,” says Paris-Roubaix winner, Magnus Bäckstedt.
“Combining the experience of the two programmes massively leverages the established resources and provides a greater platform and more predictable path for the young riders,” says HotChillee Founder, Sven Thiele.
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