Leading events company HotChillee today named two young South African riders from their Bäckstedt HotChillee development programme to race the HotChillee LONDON-PARIS 2018 next week – Loyiso Fulu and Linwill Jansen.
Team Bäckstedt HotChillee was launched in 2017 as a merger of the HotChillee Development Rider Programme in South Africa and the Bäckstedt Cycling Academy in the United Kingdom.
The aim is to foster young cycling talent in Europe and South Africa and create a pathway into the pro peloton. The programme is headed up by Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Bäckstedt and supported by the Western Cape Government, Wattbike, Rainmaker Solutions, Lassen Sportswear and Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy.
The programme has had previous success, including Nicholas Dlamini who won the HotChillee LONDON-PARIS for Team Wattbike as part of the programme in 2013. Nicholas now rides for World Tour Team, Dimension Data.
This year the young riders will compete for the BikeRadar General Classification, Cycling Plus Climb and Procycling Sprint Jerseys at the 15th edition of the race which starts next Thursday. The riders will stay in Paris the following day and watch the Tour de France peloton arrive and race on iconic Champs-Élysées Stage.
Loyiso Fulu, 17 years old, is a member of the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy. He has been riding for 4 years and will be leaving South Africa for the first time to compete in the LONDON-PARIS. He lives in Khayelitsha, one of the largest townships in South Africa.
Linwill Jansen is 18 years old and rides for Rhadsport CC and Team EGK, he is the current Western Cape Province Junior Road Race Champion and younger brother of Clint Hendricks, the Cape Town Cycle Tour 2016 winner and Commonwealth Games 2018 podium placement. He has been riding for 7 years.
Loyiso Fulu “I have never left South Africa before and only flew on a plane for the first time this year. Now I will be racing in Europe and watching the Tour de France finish. I’m counting down the days.”
Linwill Jansen “Cycling means a lot to me, I love it. It’s my goal in life to ride in at a professional level for a team like Dimension Data. I am going to use this opportunity to improve my skills and fitness”.
Nic Dlamini, Team Dimension Data: “Congratulations on being selected for the HotChillee LONDON-PARIS. Winning the Yellow GC Jersey for Team Wattbike in 2013 was the start of my journey into pro-cycling. I hope you enjoy the race like I did and make the most of every opportunity it offers. Good luck!”
Sven Thiele, HotChillee Founder: “Since starting the programme it has been wonderful to witness the improvements in young rider development. Witnessing Linwill and Loyiso at the Cape Rouleur earlier this year I have no doubt that they will be jersey contenders at this year’s LONDON-PARIS and I wish them luck on their first European experience.”
Magnus Bäckstedt, Paris-Roubaix winner: “Since signing my first professional contract in SA and the Western Cape, it feels like my career has now come full circle. Being able to guide the new generation of SA riders towards their dreams and putting something back in to the sport that has given me so much, gives me great pleasure.”