By Stradalli Cycle,
After two years of hard work, the most successful rider of the Continental team will, the Eritrean Mekseb Debesay, now be riding side by side with Mark Cavendish in team Dimension Data, formerly known as MTN-Qhubeka, for the 2016 racing season.
Eric Haus, President of Bike Aid, said that this proves the teams goals are being accomplished exactly as they hoped for.
“This is truly a success story that has turned out just as we have hoped it would. Mekseb is well respected and one of the most popular cyclists on the African continent. He has won many victories for our team.”
“We used our media work and our racing calendar as a platform for our successes. The leap from our team to the highest class of cycling is exactly what we want to achieve in our project for African riders,” Haus said.
Bike Aid has had similar success last year with Dan Craven, who successfully completed the Vuelta a Espana in 2014 with Team Europcar.
Timo Schafer, Team Coordinator for Bike Aid, is looking forward to working with the new riders for 2016.
“Mekseb leaving does create a big gap for the team, but this also creates an oppurtunity for the young racers looking to have a shot next year. We have a number of new African talents for 2016 and we are excited to see how it will evolve in the team, and hopefully we will see more success stories.” Shafer said.
The Stradalli-Bike Aid Continental Cycling Team is the first professional cycling team in Saarland, Germany. Stradalli Bike-Aid promotes and stands for fresh, honest cycling with a socially sustainable background. The team competes annually in more than 100 races on all continents and has already achieved considerable international success with multiple podium appearances.
The Stradalli-Bike Aid Continental Team promotes talented athletes from Africa by helping them to fulfill their lifelong dreams of racing in Europe. They assist with sports training, education and internship offers as a cultural exchange program. Stradalli-Bike Aid plans to make cycling a fascinating experience for as many individuals as possible, regardless of their social and cultural backgrounds.