About Us

Team Africa Rising Foundation & Expansion

In 2007, We launched ‘Team Rwanda’, focused on exponentially growing the sport of cycling in Rwanda. We identified, established, and developed a group of professional cyclists, and the infrastructure needed, to allow them to compete for many years on the international stage. They also served as ambassadors for Rwanda - a country torn apart by a genocide - giving individuals and nations hope.

Africa Rising Cycling Center

Team Africa Rising built the Africa Rising Cycling Center in Musanze, Rwanda with a state of the art mechanic area, training rooms, education center, clean water system and housing for up to 30 athletes.


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We aim to recruit, train, compete the next generation of coaches, mechanics, and nutritionists to run a first-world cycling program. We have taken what we’ve done in Rwanda and expanded that experience to other countries on the continent.” 

To reflect this grand expansion mission in other countries, we changed our official name to Team Africa Rising (TAR) in 2015.

Our Elite Riders

Adrien Niyonshuti, the most successful Rwandan cyclist and the only Rwandan rider to race at the World Tour level also competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Since retiring in 2018, he founded the Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling Academy in Rwanda training the next generation of cyclists for the nation.

Our Expansion & Programs

Team Africa Rising is currently developing virtual talent detection, training, and racing in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Benin, Sierra Leone, Togo, and Algeria. TAR works with committed on the ground partners in these various countries.

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The Global Voice of African Cycling

Team Africa Rising is recognized globally as the leading independent voice for cycling in Africa. Our team is passionate advocates of the sport, producing regular commentary on key developments we share with over 50,000 followers across our social media channels.

We also work with the world's leading journalists at both cycling and mainstream news media. Recent media coverage of TAR's work can be seen in the New York Times, CyclingTips, the Wall Street Journal, Bicycling Magazine, Cycling Weekly, The Guardian, L'Equipe, Rouleur, BBC Africa, Cyclists, Al Jazeera, ProCyclingStats, National Geographic, AfricaNews, Sky Sports and many more.

We also regularly report from major global cycling races such as the Tour de France, the Cycling World Championships, the Cape Epic, and many more, as well as attend key industry events such as InterBike, EuroBike, the London Bike Show, and Rouleur Live.

Board of Directors

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Dr. Greg Mills

Acting Board President -- South Africa
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Kim Raymond

Board Secretary | Treasurer -- USA
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Owen Leimbach

Board Member -- USA
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Thomas Frischknecht

Board Member -- Switzerland
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Lawrence Swantner

Board Member -- USA/South Africa
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Dr. Steven Phillips

Board Member -- USA
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Shaul Hatzir

Board Member -- Israel

Executive Team

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Jonathan "Jock" Boyer

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Kimberly Coats

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Jamie Bissell

Mechanic Program Lead

Adrien Niyonshuti

Coaching & Virtual Training Specialist
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Jeremy Ford

Marketing/Fundraising UK & Europe