Team Africa Rising supports cycling touring company entrepreneurs especially those run by world-class cyclists for the benefit of the next generation of cyclists in their countries. Adrien Niyonshuti in Rwanda and Tsgabu Grmay in Ethiopia are giving back to the sport by sharing the love of cycling and the love for their countries. Ready to ride in Rwanda and Ethiopia? Here are the companies you need!
Cycling in Rwanda
Rwanda is known as the Land of a Thousand Hills. In 2006, Adrien Niyonshuti met Jonathan “Jock” Boyer at the Wooden Bike Classic race held in a small town in Rwanda. Jock later returned to Rwanda in 2007 to scout talent for a potential team and Adrien was one of those original five members of Team Rwanda Cycling.
Adrien later went on to become the first Rwandan to qualify for an Olympic cycling event. In the 2012 London Olympics, Adrien also became the first black African rider in history to complete an XCO MTB Olympic event.
After spending his entire professional career with Team Dimension Data, he retired in 2017 to focus on his Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling Academy to help young cyclists achieve their goals in the sport. In 2018, he started his cycling touring company, The Global Riders, with former teammate, Nathan Byukusenge.
Today, The Global Riders help fund the Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling Academy and are the best cycling touring company to ride with in Rwanda!
Check out their website and book a trip today and help the next generation of Rwandan cyclists!
Cycling in Ethiopia
Our team grew up in this culture. We are cyclists, and many of us also come from cycling families.
Our guides and drivers will take care of you, whatever your level and no matter how fast or slow you want to ride. If it takes your fancy, you can ride with former Olympic stars, but if you’re going to enjoy things at a more leisurely pace, we have the local knowledge and contacts to help you get alongside local people and explore the local culture.
Above all, in bringing you to Ethiopia, we want to introduce you to Ethiopia’s culture of road cycling and to show you some of the amazing landscapes and famous historical sights of our region.
In traveling with us, you will also be supporting local cyclists, since part of what you pay goes to supporting a local cycling team who are continuing the tradition of road cycling in Ethiopia.
In creating this team, our goal is to provide more opportunities for young riders to compete in national races and to open up chances to become professional cyclists representing Ethiopia in international competitions.
30% of the profits of Ethio Cycling Holidays will go to supporting this team.