The HotChillee Development Rider Programme (formerly Team Bäckstedt HotChillee) started in 2011 and focused on providing a platform and ecosystem for young talented riders in the Western Cape to make the difficult transition to the pro peloton in Europe. Working in partnership with local cycling organisations including Cycling South Africa, the Pedal Power Association, Velokhaya and the Cape Town Giants we enjoyed enormous success with two riders signing professional contracts, including Nicholas Dlamini who now rides for the Dimension Data World Tour Team.
Many other young riders have also been exposed to what it takes to make the transition with support from of Magnus Bäckstedt, Ben Swift, UAE Abu Dhabi (formerly Team Sky) and guidance from Team Dimension Data and Cervelo Bigla rider Ashleigh Moolman.
“Having been involved in this programme since the beginning and realising how much effort goes in to developing a young rider it’s great to see the programme scale and I’m really excited to continue to be part of this amazing development.”
Team GB rider, Ben Swift
“We’re in a sweet spot for African cycling and I have big expectations for our African riders. I’m looking forward to seeing what new talent Team HotChillee bring to the table.”
Dimension Data Team Principal, Doug Ryder
Young Riders from across the Western Cape are invited to ride the HotChillee Young Rider Prologue in March each year before the HotChillee Cape Rouleur, giving them a chance to race for the chance to join the HotChillee Development programme for the following season. You can see the full 2019 Young Rider Prologue results here.
HotChillee will select riders from the programme to represent the program in Europe, with support from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport at the London-Paris (2020) as well as the Cape Rouleur 2020.
The programme will be supported by the Rainmaker, PPA, CSA, the Western Cape Government and Velokhaya.