At the Team Dimension Data training camp former professional cyclist Magnus Bäckstedt and global cycling events company HotChillee hosted a young rider summit to share details of their partnership for 2017 and beyond.
Team Bäckstedt HotChillee will merge the current Bäckstedt Cycling programme running in the UK with the HotChillee Development Rider Programme in SA with the aim of fostering young cycling talent in Europe and South Africa and creating a pathway into the pro peloton.
Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Bäckstedt set up Bäckstedt Cycling in 2015 to provide an avenue for young cyclists to reach their full potential on the track and road. In year one the programme has already seen impressive results with three British national titles, medals on the track and races being won on the road in Belgium and Sweden.
The HotChillee Development Rider Programme has been running for five years as a platform for young South African cyclists to make the difficult transition to the pro peloton with funding provided from international partners Wattbike and Oryx Stainless and the Western Cape Government. With mentoring from the Tour de France legend Stephen Roche and Team GB’s Ben Swift, the riders have achieved great success. Two young cyclists Nicholas Dlamini and Shameeg Salie have already joined the Dimension Data Continental Team.
Team Bäckstedt HotChillee will focus on identifying talent and providing opportunities for young riders through a combination of coaching, mentoring, performance testing and racing with the support of Velokhaya Cycling Academy, Cape Town Giants and others.