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International Pro cycling Team Qhubeka NextHash chooses Biodx for Covid protection


In an effort to make sure leading South African registered international cycling Team Qhubeka NextHash are protected during the Tour de France and beyond, Biodx has signed a partnership agreement to supply the team with disinfectants for hands, surfaces and spaces (vehicles, hotel rooms…) based on Biodx’s active ingredient b bioactive™.

As one of the world’s top 20 ranked pro cycling teams the demand to meet their fans as well as the media and guests on the Tour de France means a lot of personal interaction. With proven 99.987% efficacy against SARS-CoV-2*, b bioactive™ is a South African biotechnology developed in the new millennium and now being taken up by the market to guarantee performance against current viral and bacterial challenges. This will give the team peace of mind during these days of Covid to concentrate on their most important aim – to win races and build the Qhubeka brand.

According to Doug Ryder, Team Principal of Qhubeka NextHash, “To remain healthy through the travel and logistics of a cycling team that moves almost every day from bikes in the outdoors to trains, planes, busses, in and out of hotels, press interviews, media briefings, partner events and engagements is a continuous stress. Partnering with Biodx as our official disinfectant provider helps us create as much as possible a sterile environment with a product that can also be used across all industries and is safe for the planet.

After the intense preparation and build-up world tour pro cyclists endure to compete at this level they can’t afford to get sick or damage their hands, needing the assurance that any disinfectant they use is safe. What’s really important is that these disinfectants can’t have adverse effects on their respiratory tract or on skin contact. Biodx have spent the last 16 years developing b bioactive™ from a natural citrus extract (lemon) and is one of very few disinfecting active ingredients that contain no harmful chemicals that could damage people or the environment.

According to Burt Rodrigues, CEO of Biodx, “It’s a privilege to have an active ingredient – b bioactive™ capable of protecting athletes at the highest level of the sporting code with certainty.

Biodx is committed to making sure the team and their extended ecosystem are able to keep their Covid bubble intact and safe, leaving nothing to chance.

When we experienced the Team Qhubeka NextHash ubuntu in action – “I am because we are”, we felt a great business alignment as Biodx believes in individual performance with team outcomes.

We’re thrilled to be able to partner with the Team, and to be seen with them on the biggest annual sporting stage in the world.”




About b bioactive™

Created with the power of biotechnology, Biodx’s b bioactive™ is an active ingredient that uses citrus extract to bring you the most powerful, safe, anti-microbial, anti-viral, properties/capabilities available anywhere.

Any product displaying the b bioactive™ mark is a promise that the product will deliver the highest protection without harming you or the planet.

  • 99.987% SARS-CoV-2 (covid-19) efficacy*
  • 99.999% bacterial kill rate
  • alcohol free – gentler on your hands
  • up to 4 times more effective than conventional disinfecting chemical active ingredients
  • residual efficacy – up to 7 hours
  • biodegrades to harmless CO2, N2 & H2O
  • SABS, NRCS (SA) and NEN (EU) approved
  • safer for you and your family
  • better for the planet

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About Biodx

Biodx is on a journey to reduce society’s dependence on synthetic chemicals. Harnessing the power of biotechnology, we’re breaking boundaries, crossing new frontiers, and helping to evolve the future of disinfection. All towards enabling a better world.

With technical support from the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) as well as financial support from TIA (Technology Innovation Agency) and IDC (Industrial Development Corporation), we’ve spent the last 16 years researching and developing cutting edge antimicrobial and antiviral technologies, proven in field trials to be between 8% and 52% more effective than conventional disinfecting chemicals.

Using a natural citrus extract stabilised with an organic biodegradable compound, which contains no chlorine, ethanol or aldehydes. Non-corrosive and earth-friendly, the formulation, rapidly kills 99.999% of many bacteria species has been proven 99.987% effective against SARS-CoV-2 virus (*Tested to EU NEN-EN 14476:2013 +A2:2019).

Substantiated by the South African NRCS and SABS SANS (636, 1853) certified, Biodx offers a revolutionary active ingredient for formulators of sanitisers and disinfectants supplying contract cleaning, healthcare/medical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, retail, manufacturing and agricultural industries.

Biodx products have been tested and verified to stringent EU NEN standards in the Netherlands and is the first South African biotech company to receive EU BPR registration.

For more information visit:  

Burt Rodrigues (CEO)
Mobile: +27 76 212 1693

South Africa (head office)
E  T +27 (0)11 608 0732
Building S3, block D, Pinelands Business Park, Maxwell Drive, Modderfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa

 Netherlands (EU)
E  T +31 (0)6 46 84 72 12
c/o Triskelion, Reactorweg 47-A, 3542 AD Utrecht, The Netherlands



About Team Qhubeka NextHash

Team Qhubeka NextHash (formerly NTT Pro Cycling) is a movement for social mobility; a purpose-led, high-performance cycling team, fighting to win on the world’s biggest stage, to inspire hope and create opportunity. We race to help people to move forward sustainably across Africa with bicycles through our relationship with the Qhubeka Charity leveraging our global presence to make a lasting impact on gender equality, racial equality, access to education, humanity and entrepreneurialism.

Founded in 2007, Team Qhubeka NextHash became the first-ever African cycling team to gain a UCI WorldTour license, in 2016.

We achieved our first major win in 2013 when Gerald Ciolek won Milan-San Remo, one of the five Monuments of cycling. We have competed in six Tour de France’s and notched up seven stage wins, with Mark Cavendish wearing the coveted Yellow Jersey at the 2016 Tour de France.

We are a multicultural, diverse team with bases in South Africa, the Netherlands and Italy. There are 19 nationalities represented across our WorldTour and Continental feeder team rosters. Our focus on developing African cycling has resulted in more than 55 riders from the African continent being given the opportunity to race on the world stage, since the team’s inception.

For more information visit:


Douglas Ryder – OLY
Team Principal – Team Qhubeka
Mobile: +31 6 25739000



About Qhubeka

Qhubeka is a charity that moves people forward with bicycles.  People earn bicycles through our programmes, improving their access to schools, clinics and jobs.

A bicycle is a tool that helps people to travel faster and further, and to carry more. In the face of extreme and persistent poverty, bicycles can change lives by helping to address socioeconomic challenges at the most basic level – helping people to get where they need to go.

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