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 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 want 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 expanding 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 2018, our top elite rider Adrien Niyonshuti left the Team Dimension Data World Tour team after racing for the South African headquartered Word Tour team for nine seasons as they progressed from the UCI Continental to Pro Continental and finally World Tour status. He has just signed a new deal with the Sampada Racing Team, a UCI Continental team based out of South Africa.
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. 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 President Aimable Bayingana, 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 nations such as Nigeria, Burkina Faso, and Algeria with our continued support to Ethiopia and Eritrea. 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!