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Why do Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka riders display the “five-finger salute” after UCI World Tour victories?

The gesture symbolizes the Qhubeka charity’s 2016 goal of putting 5,000 African children on bicycles through its #BicyclesChangeLives campaign, which exceeded that goal in 2015. Qhubeka, which means “to carry on,” “to progress” or “to move forward” in the Nguni language, is the South African branch of World Bicycle Relief, a global non-profit organization dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing simple, sustainable transportation. Since being founded in 2005, it has delivered more than 275,000 specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to people in need. A bicycle mechanic is also trained for every community that receives 500-plus bicycles, creating new employment opportunities.

Canadian bicycle manufacturer Cervelo is committed to supporting #BicyclesChangeLives as the bike brand sponsoring the first and only Africa-based team in the UCI World Tour. For instance, when it unveiled its 2015 Tour de France squad and equipment at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, a limited number of the customized Cervélo S5 racing bikes were made available to the public, with each sale triggering the donation of a sturdy “Buffalo Bike” to the #BicyclesChangeLives campaign.

Cycling has traditionally been out of reach for many schoolchildren in Team DiData’s home country. Three-quarters of the 16 million kids in South Africa walk to class, and in rural areas more than two million walk at least an hour each way. The time and effort involved is a big part of the reason why only 55 per cent of students who enroll in Grade 1 graduate from secondary school.

That’s where the Buffalo Bikes come in: They increase carrying capacity by five times and quadruple both speed and range. In other words, for every 16km travelled, a bicycle saves three hours of valuable time.

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