Unifying African countries through the sport of cycling

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.

—POSTPONED for now—

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GOOD DIRT Day of Giving

We can’t ride together on April 25th but we can still do good together as we have for the past 13 years supporting the work of Team Africa Rising. Join us for the GOOD DIRT Day of Giving on April 25th (donations accepted between now and May 6). Many of our cyclists and bicycle recipients are in dire need. They are pushed to the edge and we are there to keep them safe. Please learn more about the GOOD DIRT Day of Giving HERE.

Same Ride – Bigger Vision

We started out as a 50 Mile Ride – but now we have 10, 25, and 75 mile routes.  We originally provided cargo bikes to coffee growers in Rwanda – but now we’re providing bikes to other African countries like South Africa and Eritrea.  We helped develop Team Rwanda Cycling – but now we’re supporting continental teams in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Nigeria, and Algeria.

So we’re not just 50 Miles.  And we’re not just Rwanda.  But we ARE about dirt. GOOD dirt.  And we are about DOING good.  As we look to the future, we want to expand beyond Orange County CA.  We want to add other rides in other locations.  We want to add some gravel bike events too.  All under the umbrella of a new name:  the Good Dirt Ride.

One thing won’t change.  Whether you call us the 50 Mile Ride, or the Rwanda Ride, or the Good Dirt Ride – we just want you to join us again.  We promise to bring you the same fun, the same epic trails, the same huge raffle, and the same legendary post-ride party.

Join us – and let’s do Good Dirt together!

REGISTRATION On hold until new date selected. Stay tuned!

Looking for a Group Ride?

Weather not cooperating?

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday on ZWIFT beginning February 11th for a group ride hosted by Team Africa Rising’s Nicole Leimbach and Kimberly Coats. Just click on the links and join us in Watopia for a 18.5 miles on Tuesday & 24.8 miles on Thursday!

Need a Training Plan?

We’ve got you!

Take advantage of a 10 week training program built by former Team Rwanda Cycling Coach, Dave McIntosh from Durata Training. Sign up for a FREE Training Peaks account and use this workout either outdoors or indoors on Zwift by linking your accounts. Questions? We’re here to help just shoot us an email at africarisingcycling@gmail.com

UCI Continental Team Development

Our goal is to assist African cycling clubs and private and business parties interested in forming African UCI Continental teams. Our goal is to help in launching 10 UCI Continental Teams between 2018 and 2023. TAR provides access to sponsors, business planning, UCI registration assistance, coaching and mechanic support as well as additional training for all necessary team support staff. TAR also works with individual cyclists to give them the essential tools and knowledge to develop and grow in the sport of cycling from the grassroots level to the international stage.  

Women’s Cycling

The world of professional women’s cycling is just beginning to advance worldwide. However, on the African continent, the women still face insurmountable odds due to culture, lack of access to bikes, training, and coaching, and an unquestionably poor racing schedule.

Team Africa Rising is working towards launching the first Pan African women’s professional cycling team. Until that team becomes a reality we will advocate for equality in opportunities for women and access to all the same opportunities afforded the men. TAR will also support individual women selected for European or American teams via stipends, flights and access to sponsored gear.

How Do I Get Involved?

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” —African Proverb.

“Cycling for everyone has more defeat than victory, even for the great Eddy Merckx who won over 400 races, more pain than wellness, more effort than glory, but all of that combined makes cycling so fascinating. The public wants to see the hell before heaven: the suffering before the win. You need to stay dedicated to your dream. The real cyclist is a person who after a bad race on Sunday wakes up on Monday and is ready to go out on the bike to train to get better.”

– Rubens Bertogliati, former pro cyclist



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