Q&A: Doug Ryder on his dream to bring Africa to the Tour

More than a decade ago, South African Douglas Ryder forged an ambitious dream: take an African team to the Tour de France, create a system for developing Africans into professional cyclists, and get Africa to embrace the bicycle. More than a decade later, Ryder has achieved much of that dream. His Dimension Data team earned a berth to the 2015 Tour de France and has competed in cycling’s biggest race every year since. And the team-funded charity, the not-for-profit outfit Qhubeka, has donated more than 75,000 bicycles to kids across Africa.

One part of Ryder’s dream has proven more challenging to achieve. Dimension Data has advanced multiple African riders to the WorldTour, however, a black African has yet to claim a WorldTour race.

The team has also seen various African riders come and…

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