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Tour of Rwanda, Stage 8: A Pyrrhic Victory for African Cycling?

By Kimberly Coats | March 3, 2022

Rwanda needed a win. A Rwandan cyclist has not won a Stage in the Tour of Rwanda since becoming a 2.1 race in 2020. Samuel Mugisha last wore yellow for Rwanda in the Tour of Rwanda in 2019, the last 2.2 classification race. Even that victory was tainted by rumors of the Rwandan teams all working for Samuel – National and Club teams effectively giving Samuel the advantage with more teammates to keep him in yellow.

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Natnael Tesfatsion – Champion of Tour of Rwanda 2022!

By Jeremy Ford | February 27, 2022

We are so happy to celebrate with all of Eritrea and Africa to see Natnael on the top step of the podium, in the yellow jersey once more (following his win at this race in 2020 also). ‘Natu’ had a…

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What Drives a Champion…

By Kimberly Coats | February 21, 2022

“I am Reinardt Janse van Rensburg. I have been racing as a professional cyclist in Europe for the past nine years. I have travelled the world and done all the biggest races such as the Ronde van Vlaanderen seven times,…

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Cycling Infrastructure in Africa: Successes and Barriers

By Kimberly Coats | February 4, 2022

Benin, a West African country of about 12 million people, currently sits 18th in the UCI African Nations ranking in cycling, followed only by Sudan; nineteen nations with points out of 54 nations on the African continent. Those numbers taken at…

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Barriers to Entry — Equipment

By Kimberly Coats | 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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Why are there not more Africans, or POC in the professional cycling ranks?

By Kimberly Coats | 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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2021 Final UCI Africa Tour Rankings

By Jeremy Ford | January 7, 2022

Racing in 2021 was a tricky undertaking for those riders outside of the World Tour bubble and so the results and rankings of the growing number of professional African riders were a little fragmented, but with some real highlights and…

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

By Kimberly Coats | 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

By Kimberly Coats | 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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Team Africa Rising to host Zwift fundraiser ride with Nic Dlamini for GivingTuesday

By Jeremy Ford | November 16, 2021

Global GivingTuesday, often referred to as #GivingTuesday is the last Tuesday of November each year. It is widely recognised as a ‘global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world’. We here…

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