Kimberly Coats

Barriers to Entry — Equipment

January 18, 2022

Our previous post outlined the barriers to entry in cycling on the African continent for cyclists like Henok Mulubrhan and thousands of others. Based on the years spent living in Rwanda and working throughout the continent, it is our opinion…

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Henok Mulubrhan

Why are there not more Africans, or POC in the professional cycling ranks?

January 10, 2022

It all started at the end of last week with a tweet about Henok Mulubrahan and why he didn’t have a team for the 2022 season. Henok is a promising Eritrean cyclist who spent the last two seasons racing for…

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Debby Sierra Leone

Fatima Deborah Conteh – A Sierra Leonean Cyclist aiming for the top…

December 16, 2021

Her friends in the cycling community know Fatima Deborah Conteh as Debby. She is from Makeni, about 190kms east of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Looking at her social media, you know she loves selfies and cycling. She is strong, self-confident, and…

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Biniam Girmay Best African Cyclist 2021

December 14, 2021

Every year during La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, the Best African Cyclist of the year is named. Although the 2022 La Tropicale is on hiatus due to COVID-19, the naming of the Best African Cyclist of the year continues! This year’s…

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Let’s Celebrate World Bicycle Day — Thursday, 3 June!

June 3, 2021

How a Bicycle, an American Cyclist and a Rwandan Olympian Changed the Sport of Cycling in Rwanda Since 2006, Team Africa Rising has seen the power of the bicycle in Rwanda and throughout the African continent. For our cyclists it…

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Isata — Update and Info on Women’s Mechanic Training!

March 7, 2021

UPDATE on Isata and Women’s Cycling & Mechanic Training in Sierra Leone Isata got married! She’s still running her shop and riding her bike showing all women you can do it all! Isata’s video riding to her wedding reception with…

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Women of African Cycling — Jennifer Kanini Salome (Kenya & Dadarides)

March 2, 2021

JENIFFER KANINI SALOME (SALLY)  How did you start cycling and why?  I learned how to ride a bicycle at age of 12- 13 years. Like any other girl, I would ride to the posho mill, fetch water, it’s something I liked doing. When I joined…

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Is There Diversity in the Sport of Cycling?

February 15, 2021

Written by our Team Africa Rising Correspondent at the 2020 Tour de France — Graphic courtesy of ProCyclingStats 6,5,4,3,2… It’s time for Le Tour de France 2020! This year presents maybe the most challenging environment for the race’s organisers, the teams, their…

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Eyeru Tesfoam — Ethiopia’s Top Female Cyclist

September 27, 2020

by Kimberly Coats | Sep 27, 2020 We caught up Eyeru before her appearance this week at the 2020 UCI World Championships in Imola, Italy. We asked her a few questions….thanks Eyeru! It’s good to see you representing your country at the World…

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La Course by Tour de France 2020, Rider Profile: Fatima Zahra El Hayani (Arkea Pro Cycling Team)

August 2, 2020

As part of our focus on diversity in the pro peloton, we talked with Fatima Zahra El Hayani Reza (24) of the Arkea Pro Cycling Team. Fatima has been racing bikes for over four years, with her first major race…

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