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  • Girona Gala for Qhubeka: Kittel, Hesjedal, Dennis and friends

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    Marcel Kittel, Ryder Hesjedal, Rohan Dennis, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio and many more join Nathan Haas for the charity ball

    Photographs: Ben Broomfield
    Girona Gala

    For the third year, the Girona Gala proved to be a star-studded occasion and a terrific night for a great cause, raising over £10,000 for Qhubeka, helping to change lives in Africa via the wonderful medium of the bicycle.


    Marcel Kittel, Rohan Dennis, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Ryder Hesjedal and a host of pro riders joined the guests and our host Nathan Haas in the rather swish Girona Casino for an evening of eating, drinking, dancing and – of course – bidding on the amazing auction items, including a Katusha team-issue Canyon.

    Marcel Kittel


    Marcel Kittel and Tess looking suitably glam



    Girona Gala 2018

    MC Matt Stephens gets the ball rolling



    Girona Gala 2018

    “What am I bid for this fine polka dot jersey signed by Toms Skujins himself?” Nathan presents a fine piece of kit



    Girona Gala 2018

    Author Max Leonard considers splashing some cash



    Girona Gala 2018

    Rohan Dennis relinquished his Tour de France lion, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio’s dad pounced and captured it. Wild



    Girona Gala 2018

    A day in a Team Katusha team car? Marcel fancies that one… (he didn’t win it)


    Girona Gala 2018

    OK, clear the tables. Let’s zumba!



    Girona Gala 2018

    Yes, there was some (responsible) drinking involved… Hannes Obreno, Lauren Rowney and Molly Weaver lead the line



    Girona Gala 2018

    Organiser and all-round good egg Laura Fletcher takes a well-earned sip at the end of the evening. Ryder approves. Nathan is, er, happy.


    For more on the work of Qhubeka in Africa, see here. All photos: Ben Broomfield