The Breitling Triathlon Squad
The three members of the Breitling Triathlon Squad know exactly what endurance races are all about. Jan Frodeno was the first triathlete to win both the Olympic triathlon gold medal and the Ironman World Championship title, Chris “Macca” McCormack has claimed two Ironman World Championships, and Swiss star Daniela Ryf has won the Ironman World Championship and the Ironman 70.3 World Championship four times, most recently in 2018.
The mission was all in support of a good cause.
The Squad were riding for Qhubeka, a South African charity that moves people forward with bicycles – improving their access to schools, health-care centers, and places of work.
The name Qhubeka means “to move forward.”
Bicycles are remarkable agents of change – they allow their riders to get to the places they need to go and do things that are difficult without transportation, such as fetching supplies, traveling to school or work, or providing emergency relief after a disaster. Qhubeka’s programs include learn-to-earn programs for schoolchildren and work-to-earn programs for adults.
The funds raised through this partnership will allow Qhubeka to distribute 500 bicycles to communities that are in desperate need of them.
When he finished the Coronation Double Century, Georges Kern said: “I think that all of us are exhausted after the race, but all of us on the Breitling team are also excited to be able to provide this much support to Qhubeka and the amazing work they do. We had said that we would be racing for change, and it really was the case. People’s lives will be improved because of what we did. I’m incredibly proud to be a part of this team.”
The athletes were touched by the people they met.
Daniela Ryf said: “In a sport like ours, we tend to be quite isolated and focused on our own accomplishments. It was great to see the kind of difference we could make, and I know that all of us were truly happy to be a part of it.”
Jan Frodeno also enjoyed sharing the adventure with the Breitling team, saying: “This was an excellent first mission for the Triathlon Squad. We had a chance not only to participate in an amazing race but also to support Qhubeka and its excellent work.”
There is still an opportunity for people who would like to help Breitling support Qhubeka and their work.
Anyone wishing to purchase one of 77 limited—edition Breitling Colnago C64 bicycles can e-mail cycling[AT]breitling[DOT]com for additional information.
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