Welcome to the homepage of the Team Rwanda-Dassi debut UK Tour 2016!
In July 2016, we will make our UK racing debut, taking part in 11 elite races over four weeks against the best riders in UK cycling as Team Rwanda-Dassi.
We are partnering with Dassi Bikes for our UK Tour and they are kindly supplying five of their exclusive carbon race bikes, custom-sprayed in the Rwandan national colours. Dassi Bikes' CEO Stuart Abbott explains his desire to be involved,“We are proud to support such an inspirational team who echo the values of our very British brand: Passion, performance and excellence. I am excited to see how the team perform against the best riders in the UK.”
Each custom Dassi carbon bike and rider are also equipped with top of the range components from long-term Team Rwanda Cycling sponsors Campagnolo, Selle Italia, Look, Vittoria, SIDI, Sabotage, Jagwire, Garneau and CLIF. We are also happy to announce that for the UK tour we also have world-class componentry from 3T Road and the team will also be training in the latest performance clothing technology from X-Bionic. Our race bikes will be secured to the team car by the amazing SeaSucker vacuum bike mounts.
British Cycling president Bob Howden is also excited to support our Tour: “While it is always great to see international teams competing in British races, I am particularly thrilled to see a team from Africa on our roads. Team Rwanda deserve great support – not only for the endeavours of their riders but also because of their mission to develop cycling in their own country – and I trust British cycling fans will give them a royal welcome!”
Team Rwanda’s Head Coach Sterling Magnell views this tour as a vital element in the continued development of these young cyclists, “We are heading to the UK to face the challenge of turning our best young Rwandan talent who possess world class pedal power into cornering and close quarters racing masters. This is the biggest gap in our riders’ cycling education and I hope that the skills gained in the UK will translate into their power being better utilized in the high level international events where they can prove their panache to the world and get on the radar of professional teams.”
The Team Rwanda-Dassi riders for the tour are Jean Bosco Nsengimana (winner of 2015 Tour of Rwanda), Joseph Areruya, Jean Claude Uwizeye and Samuel Mugisha. Our Team Director and Head Coach is Sterling Magnell, whilst our drivers include Jeremy Ford (UK Ambassador for Team Rwanda) and Abdul Kanyezi (supplied the UK's Rwandan Community Association).
Our Race Schedule
10 July: The Ryedale Grand Prix (Ampleforth, Yorkshire)
13 July: The Chepstow Grand Prix (Abergavenny Festival of Cycling, Wales)
15 July: Wales Open Criterium (Abergavenny Festival of Cycling, Wales)
17 July: The Grand Prix of Wales (Abergavenny Festival of Cycling, Wales)
20 July: The Sheffield Hallam University Grand Prix (Sheffield)
24 July: London Dynamo Summer Race (Sussex)
26 July: Dulwich Paragon CC Criterium Series (Crystal Palace, London)
27 July: Lee Valley Summer Circuit League (Lee Valley VeloPark, Stratford)
02 Aug: Dulwich Paragon CC Criterium Series (Crystal Palace, London)
03 Aug: Lee Valley Summer Circuit League (Lee Valley VeloPark, Stratford)
How You Can Help!
As a Non-Profit, we rely heavily on donations from our supporters to maintain our training programme at the Africa Rising Cycling Center in Rwanda. Support the team by making a donation through buying an exclusive Milltag-designed Team Rwanda UK tour race cap now! CLICK HERE TO BUY!
We would also love to see as many Team Rwanda-Dassi supporters on this tour as possible and are encouraging fans to come along to meet the team at one of our races and cheer the riders! We will also be sharing all race news and developments on our website's newsfeed and via our social media platforms, see below and please follow us!
For any further details about the tour, media enquiries or any other questions, please contact us on [email protected]
Team Rwanda-Dassi UK Tour 2016 Sponsors
Click HERE to see the full roster of the main Team Rwanda Cycling sponsors