“Our vision is to build a WINNING TEAM – around a core of South African riders – and to be the best [South African] Continental Team in Africa. We are focussed on our purpose of unlocking performance, by developing and enabling South African talent to achieve success”.
BUT, PROTOUCH IS NOT JUST A TEAM.
ProTouch Sports is an IMPACT INVESTMENT sports business [with road cycling as its focus] centred around the ownership of a Continental and U23 / Junior Franchise Team. The management [and athletes] are actively involved in building the ProTouch brand, developing and driving partnerships and creating return on investment for its stakeholders.
ProTouch creates its own marketing channels, manages brand activations, distribution of cycling-related products and services, develops new products and delivers value to audiences – using cycling as the platform.
ProTouch’s athletes and support staff gain hands-on experience of running the business and undertake various functions [marketing, partnership management, logistics, product development, sales management] beyond training and race days.
In 2017, ProTouch spearheaded the development of the SUPPORT SA TALENT PROJECT aimed at creating a sustainable road cycling ecosystem, that also recognises South African talent. The Project is focussed on developing innovative funding mechanisms and access to opportunities to gain international racing experience, while tracking and ranking over 500 riders [Junior, U23 and Elite racing categories – Men and Ladies] across 42 events annually.
ProTouch also manages and drives MAD RIDER, a fundraising initiative that involves extremely tough cycling challenges, where individuals, businesses and Teams can invest and risk everything, to raise awareness and funding for the development and enablement of South Africa’s top riders and Teams.
This initiative is done in partnership with Barak Fund Management and Riparian Advisory – a proud Partner of the ProTouch Team.
A TERRIFIC START TO ITS MAIDEN YEAR AS A CONTINENTAL TEAM.
ProTouch had a terrific start to its maiden year as a SA-based Continental Team, having won the Sprinters Jersey in its first two UCI 2.1 Tours – Tropicale Amissa Bongo (Gabon) and, Tour du Rwanda – as well as four Top 10 finishes and finishing 11th overall on GC in Gabon [38 seconds off the Yellow Jersey]. These results were achieved, alongside top teams such as Direct Energie [now Total Direct Energie] and Arkea Samsic. The TEAM took 5th Place on GC at UCI 2.2 Tour of Good Hope and, a Top 10 stage (8th Place) at the extremely tough 10-day UCI 2.2 Le Tour du Maroc, Morocco.
The TEAM had further success at its first UCI 2.HC – Le Tour de Langkawi – finishing in 13th place on GC and 12th Team [out of 21 participating teams] ahead of top Continental Teams Vino-Astana Motors, Giant Cycling and Mitchelton Bike Exchange.
“ProTouch always races as a TEAM and, we celebrate our victories collectively.
We never lose, we either WIN or we LEARN”
– Tony Harding, Team Principal
The TEAM concluded the 8-day tour with fourteen Top 20 stage positions, eleven of which were in the Top 15 and six Top 10 places. Having placed 2nd in the 2018 Cycle 100 Challenge [UCI 1.2] the TEAM seized the WIN this year together with riders in 4th, 6th and 8th Place in the one-day UCI Classic. With the UCI 2.2 Tour de Limpopo currently underway (15 – 18 May 2019), ProTouch won the Best Combative ‘Red’ Jersey on Stage 1 and 2nd and 6th in Stage 2. WATCH THIS SPACE.
Thereafter we will take a much-needed rest in June before heading to Europe and Asia to take on the UCI 2.2 – Course Cycliste de Solidarnosc, Poland, GP International Torres Vedras, Portugal and then, Tour of Slovakia; UCI 2.1 – Tour of Indonesia and Tour of Xingtai, Japan.
MEET THE TEAM
ProTouch continues to show its commitment to developing young South African talent, with the introduction in 2019 of its Junior/ U23 Development Team – presented by Spidertech. This young Team includes:
2019 THE FAST ONE
– 2nd Place (U23)
– 14 Top 20 stage positions – eleven of which were in the Top 15 and, six Top 10 places
– WINNER Most Combative ‘Red’ Jersey (Stage 1)
UPCOMING 2019 RACES :
- Tour de Limpopo – UCI 2.2 (IN PROGRESS) South Africa
- Tshwane Diamond Classic (26 May 2019) South Africa
- Kremetart Cycle Race (9 June 2019) South Africa
- Course Solidarnosc – UCI 2.2 (2 – 6 July 2019) Poland
- Volta A Portugal Santander – UCI 2.1 (31 July – 11 August 2019) Portugal
- Trapnet Cycle Challenge (21 July 2019) South Africa
- Tour of Indonesia – UCI 2.1 (19 – 24 August 2019) Indonesia
- Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship (25 August 2019) South Africa
- Africa Games – National Team
- Loskop Classic Road Race (1 September 2019) South Africa
- Tshwane Spring Classic (2 September 2019) South Africa
- Tour of Slovakia – UCI 2.2 (21 – 24 September 2019)
- Tour of Xingtai – UCI 2.1 (2 – 4 September 2019) Japan
- Rand Water Race for Victory (8 September 2019) South Africa
- Tour de Windhoek (21 – 23 September 2019) Namibia
- Takealot Satellite Road Championship (12 October 2019) South Africa
- Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic (20 October 2019) South Africa
- Carnival City Macsteel National Classic (27 October 2019) South Africa
- Tshwane Capital Classic (3 November 2019) South Africa
- Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge (17 November 2019) South Africa
ROAD CYCLING SERIES – Won OVERALL SERIES – 2018 Road Cycling Series (U23/Elite and Junior)
Winner Best Tour Rider (U23/Elite and Junior) Competition
2ND Place Best 1-day Classic Rider Competition
3RD Place Best Young Rider Competition
MPUMALANGA TOUR – 2nd place overall, 2nd GC, 2nd; 4th Best Young Rider (Elite/u23).
GAUTENG CHAMPIONSHIPS – 2nd place Road Race, 2nd place (Elite/u23) Individual Time Trial;2nd place (Junior).
MPUMALANGA CHAMPIONSHIPS – 2nd place Individual Time Trial and Road Race (Junior).
BERGE EN DALE CLASSIC – 1st and 2nd place (Elite/u23).
RIDE FOR SIGHT CLASSIC – 1st place (Elite/u23).
AFRICAN CONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – RWANDA – 5th place (Elite/u23).
TOUR OF SHARJA – NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION.
SA CHAMPIONSHIPS – Road Race – 1st and 2nd place (Junior); 4th place (Elite); 3rd place (u23).
TOUR OF GOOD HOPE – Elite/u23: 4th place Stage 1, 2 (TT), 3 and 5, 3rd and 5th place Stage 4, 3rd place Overall GC, Most Combative Rider, 3rd Best Young Rider (u23), 2nd Best Team. Juniors: 2nd and 4th place Stage 1, 1st and 2nd place Stage 2 (TT) and 4, 1st and 3rd place Stage 3 and 5, 1st and 2nd Overall GC.
CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR – 3rd place (Elite/u23); 1st and 7th place (Junior).
AFRICA CONTINENTAL ROAD RACE – 4th place (Elite/u23).
GAUTENG PROVINCIALS ROAD RACE – 1st place (Elite/u23).
EMPERORS CLASSIC – 1st place (Elite/u23).
WILRO LIONS CYCLE CHALLENGE – 1st, 2nd and 6th place (Elite/u23); 2nd place (Junior).
TOUR DE LIMPOPO – 1st and 4th place Stage 1 and Overall GC (Elite/u23); Best Young Rider (u23), 1st and 2nd Most Combative Rider, 1st Best Team.
TOUR DURBAN – 1st place (Elite/u23), Best Young Rider (u23).
100 CYCLE CHALLENGE – 2nd and 5th place (Elite/u23).
SWADINI JUNIOR & U23 TOUR – 1st place (Junior) all stages and Overall GC (Junior).
KNYSNA CYCLE TOUR – 5th place (Elite/u23).
JOCK CLASSIC – 3rd place Stage 1, 5th place Stage 2, 6th place Stage 3, 4th place Overall GC (Elite/u23).
TOUR DU RWANDA – 3rd place & 2nd Best Team Stage 1, 2nd place Stage 5, 3rd & 9th place Stage 6.
LOWVELD TOUR – 10th place (Elite/u23).
BESTMED LOST CITY CYCLE4CANSA – 1st and 4th place (Elite/u23), 1st place (junior).
TOUR DE MAURICE – Stage Win and winner of ITT, Yellow overall winner on GC, Best Young Rider, Points and Best International Rider Jerseys, Best Overall Team.
TOUR DE WINDHOEK – 2nd Best Team, 4th Place Overall, 2nd Place Best Young Rider and Won Green Jersey
BESTMED SATELLITE CLASSIC – 2nd Place
YARONA FM 106.6 – 1st and 3rd Place (U23 Men), 2nd and 3rd Place (Elite Men)
AMASHOVA CLASSIC – 6th Place (Elite/u23), 2nd Place (Junior)
MACSTEEL CARNIVAL CITY – 1st, 5th and 9th Place (Elite/u23) and 5th Place (Junior)
TSHWANE CLASSIC – 5th Place, 6th Place (U23/Elite), 3rd Place
94.7 CYCLE CHALLENGE – 6th Place, 8th Place (U23/Elite), 3rd
MPUMALANGA TOUR – Took all 5 Junior Category Jerseys, Second Stage Win, 3rd Place Overall in KOM, 5th Place Overall and 5th Place (U23).
GAUTENG CHAMPIONSHIPS – 1st Place – Junior Time Trial and 1st Place Junior Road Race.
THE FAST ONE – 4th Place (Elite) and 1st Place (Junior) .
SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – 1st Place and 4th Place (Junior) Individual Time Trial and Road Race.
TOUR OF GOOD HOPE – Yellow Jersey – Stage 3 and 2nd Place Overall (losing by 1.04 seconds) and 2nd Place – Best Young Rider category.
AFRICA CONTINENTAL TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS – 3 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze Medal and 2nd Overall in Team category.
SA TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS – 9 Gold Medals, 5 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals. Overall winners of Individual Pursuit, Individual Time Trial and Scratch events.
CLOVER TOUR – Best Young Rider Leaders Jersey – U23.
TOUR OF IRELAND – Winner Of the Green Jersey.
TOUR DE WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA – 2nd Overall Team, Best Young Rider, 3rdon GC.
TOUR OF MAURITIUS – 2nd Team, Best Young Rider, Green Jersey, 4th and 5th on GC.
JOCK TOUR – Best Overall Team, Best Young Rider White Jersey, 1st and 2ndPoints Competition, 1st & 3rd KOM Competition, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Overall on GC.
MEALS ON WHEELS ROAD CYCLE – 2nd Place Overall and 1st Junior.
TRACK GRAND PRIX – 1st Place Points, Scratch, 1500m, Madison and 3rdPlace Keirin.
MOZAMBIQUE MAPUTO CRITERIUM – 1st and 2nd Place.
MANKELE 3 TOWERS MTB – 2nd Place.
BESTMED SATELLITE CLASSIC – 2nd and 4th Overall Junior
BOTSWANA – YARONA 106.6KM CYCLE CHALLENGE – Best Overall Team, Best Young Rider, 2nd, 3rd Overall, 1st Overall Ladies.
SATELLITE CLASSIC – 2nd Place Best Young Rider.
AMESHOVA CLASSIC – 5th and 7th Overall, 2nd U23 and 1st Junior.
CARNIVAL CITY CLASSIC – 4th, 5th and 7th Overall. 1st and 2nd Junior.
TSHWANE CLASSIC RACE – 2nd Overall Elite U23, 3rd Overall Junior.
94.7 Cycle Challenge – 5th Place Overall.
ProTouch is proudly supported by a number of official partners: Presenting and Vehicle Partner – Jaguar Sandton; Financial Services Partner – Rockfin; Apparel Partner – Phezulu; Sports Nutrition Partner – Epieq Sports Nutrition; Eyewear Partner – D’Arcs; Helmet, Shoe & Gloves Partner – Giro; Bike Partner – Wilier; Wheel Partner – Meister Wheels; Performance Partners – Performance through Science, SpiderTech, Wanderers Sports Medicine Centre, Mediworxs -S, Sandton Sports Med, Constantia Kloof Sports & Exercise Medicine Centre; Dining Partner – Doppio Zero; and Founding Supporting Partner – Pretoria Box Manufacturers.
PROTOUCH WANDERERS CYCLING CLUB
The Wanderers Club has a proud history in South African Cycling dating back to 1893, when they funded a Wanderers Club member, Laurens Meintjes – the first South African to attend and win a World Championship event. ProTouch Sports has been contracted by The Wanderers Club to launch and operate a new Cycling Sub-Club launching in March 2019. The Cycling Club membership levy is R99 per month. Benefits will include:
- Exclusive discounted bike transport for out-of-town events, including pick up / drop off from the Club;
- Convenient race number pick up at the Club for members for select events (on request);
- Discounted MTB Multi-Park Entries for Bike Parks in Gauteng;
- Exclusive discounts at the Support SA Talent online shop – % of sales will also go to Support SA Talent: Helmets and eyewear, nutrition, shoes, various bicycles brands, bicycle bags and boxes, Bike set ups, by the professionals, bike services, wheels and tyres, electronic wearable devices, bike Insurance and personal accident cover, training and coaching programmes, custom cycling kit;
- Exclusive invitations to cycling-related events at The Wanderers Club
- Access to the ProTouch Continental and ProTouch Wanderers U23 / Elite Teams for corporate rides, bike set-ups, performance management and training programmes;