Board of Directors
Board President -- South Africa
Board Member -- USA
Board Secretary | Treasurer -- USA
Dr. Steven Phillips
Board Member -- USA
Dr. Greg Mills
Board Member -- South Africa
Board Member -- Israel
Board Member -- Switzerland
Board Member -- USA/South Africa
Jonathan "Jock" Boyer
Director of Marketing
Coach -- Angola
Marketing/Fundraising UK & Europe
Team Rwanda Cycling began in 2007 and exponentially grew the sport of cycling in Rwanda, a country torn apart in genocide in 1994. Through the work of Team Rwanda Cycling, we assembled a team of professional cyclists who now race competitively on the international stage and in so doing, are exceptional ambassadors for Rwanda. They give others, both nations and people in conflict, hope.
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.
Since 2006, Team Rwanda Cycling grew to be a powerhouse on the African Continent and Rwanda has developed into a competitive cycling country with a top-ranked UCI 2.1 race, Tour of Rwanda. There are hundreds of young men and women now hoping to use cycling as a vehicle to rise out of poverty.
In 2014, Team Africa Rising developed the Africa Rising Cycling Center in Musanze, Rwanda which now houses and trains the national team.
Our mission has been to not only recruit, train, and compete in cycling, but also to teach and train the next generation of coaches, mechanics, nutritionists, etc. for the program by modeling the necessary infrastructure of running a first-world cycling program. Ultimately, we worked to train Rwandans to run Team Rwanda Cycling while we expand our proven program into other countries and develop competitive cycling in Africa – for both men and women. To reflect this grand mission of broadening our holistic approach to cycling into other countries with histories of conflict, we changed our official name to Team Africa Rising (TAR) in 2015.
For 2019, our top elite rider Adrien Niyonshuti who raced for Team Dimension Data World Tour team his entire career is making one more run at the Olympics. He hopes to retire after the 2020 Tokyo race and continue his work as a coach to the next generation of Rwandan cyclists.
Alongside Adrien, 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. He was voted Best African Cyclist for 2018 — a first for Rwanda!
Most importantly, Team Africa Rising is now working to grow cycling throughout the continent helping other nations such as Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Algeria and continuing support to Ethiopia and Eritrea. Together we will develop the sport of cycling on the continent, and someday, we will have a black African rider win the prestigious Tour de France!