Background

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND


Team Rwanda was founded in 2006 by a group of cycling industry legends and friends after watching some fantastic raw talent compete at the first Wooden Bike Classic. That was the beginning of Team Rwanda Cycling.
Today we field over 25 cyclists in all levels and disciplines of cycling. These young men and women are role models and ambassadors for their country. Rwanda has become a cycling nation in just nine
short years. We work in collaboration with the Rwandan Cycling Federation (FERWACY) and the Ministry of Sport and Culture (MINISPOC). In December 2015, President Kagame hosted a reception for Team Rwanda where he stated “we have been an example to other sports and because we have worked hard we have earned Rwanda’s support. It is time for us to step up and give you what you need to continue your success.” He sponsored the purchase of 18 new Pinarello road racing bicycles and eight Pinarello Time Trial bikes.
Our athletes have hit the international mark, like Samuel Mugisha re-signed with Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka’s Continental Team for the second year, and Joseph Areruya is now racing for Delko Marseilles. Joseph has just made history as the first rider to currently hold the crown of the Tour of Rwanda (UCI 2.2), the Tour d’Amissa Bongo (UCI 2.1) and the Tour de l’Espoir at the same time. 2018 promises to be a good year for Joseph and Samuel!
Most importantly, Africa Rising Cycling is now working to grow cycling throughout the continent. On April 1, 2018, the Rwandan Cycling Federation, under it leadership took over the day to day operations and all financial responsibility for the national team. This new development has freed up Africa Rising Cycling to start helping other African nations .Together we will grow the sport of cycling on the continent and someday, we will have a black African rider win the prestigious Tour de France.