Teenager Jason Oosthuizen aims to grow and develop as a cyclist when he performs both internationally and locally for TEG Procycling next year.
The U23 national road champion said he saw himself as helping to establish a platform for young riders.
“It will almost be like a channel for international exposure,” he said.
The 19-year-old said he hoped to be in the best condition possible to play his part for the team in every role allocated to him.
“I’d like to form part of a team where we all work well and understand each other’s goals and help one another reach them.
“I also hope to be part of someone’s success or to be the success for the team, depending on my given role and surroundings,” said Oosthuizen.
He added that the structures behind TEG were superb and he felt confident in joining the Continental team that they “know how to run [it] and what to work towards”.
“Having that UCI logo on your kit just feels amazing and the number of different doors that open when you are part of a Conti team is amazing.
“The level of exposure is very high.”
“The group we have are of a very high level so any opportunity to learn from them will be taken with open arms,” said Oosthuizen.
He added that the selection was great both for developing talent and performing well next year.
“As a team we will grow and see where each and every rider goes.”
Oosthuizen’s highlights this year included being crowned a national champion and enjoying a three-month learning experience in Belgium.
“My ultimate career goal is to become a future world champion.”