About Us

Team Africa Rising Foundation & Expansion

In 2007, We launched ‘Team Rwanda,' which 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.

In 2014, Team Africa Rising began the build-out of the Africa Rising Cycling Center (ARCC) in Musanze, Rwanda. This training facility included a state-of-the-art mechanic area, training rooms, an education center, a clean water system, and housing for up to 30 athletes.

The history of Team Rwanda and its most famous cyclist, Adrien Niyonshuti, was immortalized in the 2012 movie, Rising From Ashes. You can see the trailer HERE.

Our Expansion & Programs

Team Africa Rising is currently developing virtual talent detection, training, and racing in Benin, Sierra Leone, and Togo. This West African expansion is opening doors to cyclists who have been riding and racing in obscurity. These incredibly talented cyclists are showing their prowess on the road and track. In 2022, Benin hosted its first UCI 2.2 Tour du Benin. On the track, Benin secured its first medal with Charlotte Metoevi placing third in a junior track event at the African Continental Track Championships in Nigeria.

TAR works with committed on-the-ground partners in these various countries.

Benin Cycling Team at Tour du Benin

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Board of Directors

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Dr. Greg Mills

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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She Moves the Game

Kimberly Coats


Adrien Niyonshuti

Coaching & Virtual Training
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Jamie Bissell

Mechanic Program Lead
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Jeremy Ford