Team RoadCover are planning to build on a strong 2015 next year after they announced a new title sponsor and their riders for 2016.
RoadCover have taken over the naming rights from Europcar SA, extending a solid partnership with the team. Nic White, the team manager, confirmed they had retained four riders from 2015 and had added two new names to create a six-man team. Bradley Potgieter, Willie Smit, Ken Main and Stuart Fitzpatrick will be joined by Clint Hendricks and Gustav Basson.
“RoadCover is a company that cares about safety and well being, with a solid passion for health and cycling,” said White. “Eugene Beck the CEO has been involved with cycling for many years and his drive and passion for the sport has motivated him to give back to the competitive aspects of the sport.
After a year in which the team has achieved numerous successes localy, Ryan Gibbons and Willie Smit attaining some serious wins in mayor one day races and dominating the tours in the latter half of the year. It is very exciting that the team can continue to move forward. Ryan Gibbons moves on to an international opportunity with the Dimension Data Conti team. Word has also arrived that Willie Smit will have an opportunity to spend part of the year with French Club UC Nantes Atlantique.
“RoadCover has supported the team as a co-sponsor and with the RoadCover Cycling academy in 2015. Now they are stepping up to back the elite team along with the RoadCover Cycling Club academy teams, each with a strong relationship within the group. The vision of the team has been to develop and assist riders to reach their goals and dreams. We want to create an environment that nurtures riders through healthy competition and the correct guidance, so that the future stars of South Africa can reach the heights we have seen their countrymen do in Europe this season.
RoadCover, who manage road accident fund claims from beginning to end on behalf of their members, is associated with Cycling South Africa, thus all CSA members are also RoadCover members and benefit from their services. “RoadCover supports the highest level of local racing with the vision of developing SA’s future stars and assisting in a healthy competitive environment,” said Beck. “Promoting safe cycling is aligned with the ethos of RoadCover as a company that ‘We Care’.”
"In conjunction to the RoadCover Cycling elite team, we have an under-23 squad supported by Hollard, which is a continuation of the work we have done with the juniors in the RoadCover Cycling Academy. This team will consist of under-23 riders namely: Mornay van Heerden, John Vlok, Jandre Storm, Flavio Venceslau and Du Toit Hanekom. Our RoadCover Cycling academy will continue under our club structure, while a separate junior team of six riders will be supported by theOfficeGuru.co.za infrastructure group. Our association with the VWE Track Academy will continues, with their junior track team focussing on the track discipline and accompanying track academy, through Martin Van Wyk and Jeremy Maartens,” said White.
“We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with Europcar, who will be our logistics partner for the teams and academy. We’d also have wonderful sponsors and relationships with our other partners: Biogen, POC sports, Colnago, Speedplay pedals, Prologo saddles, Matrix vehicle tracking, Continental tyres, Entelect, Muc-Off, Hollard, Sigma, Shimano and StagesPower, with exciting additons in Token and Sportful.”