Africa’s Number 1

crank-chaos-3The official UCI world rankings, published on 1st November 2016, placed us at our highest ever world ranking – 34th.

This places us in the company of some of the world’s most recognisable teams.  We are just 4 places behind team Topeak Ergon, 1 place behind Tanja Zakelj’s Unior Tools team and 4 places ahead of the mighty Team Bulls.

Most exciting of all, is that this makes us – officially – the highest ranked team in Africa!

So the question on some readers’ lips will probably be – “How do you do it?”

The secret is in having strength in depth in the team and targeting the events that we can win some valuable UCI ranking points.  We fight very hard for every single point, because at the end of the day – that’s what makes the difference.

Strength in depth is important because the rankings are based on the top 3 men and women in the team.  Many of our competitor teams have one or two superstar riders out on top of the rankings, but the rest of the team do not contribute many points.  With us, our top rider is Phetetso Monese (currently ranked 103), but we have 4-5 riders in the top 200 of the rankings.  It also means that we are less affected by one of our stars getting injured or missing out on points due to mechanical problems in big races.

At the end of the day, the UCI World Rankings are only one way to measure our success, but our ongoing progress is also being confirmed by much improved results and more podiums.  becoming a more competitive cycling team is a gradual process, but we are reassured by the advancements we are making.

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