Team Rwanda Cycling Head Mechanic Jamie Bissell puts the next gen through their paces!
Over the last week or so, our head mechanic Jamie Bissell has been training a large group of trainee mechanics to help them achieve their Level One Mechanic Qualification.
The group ranges from young hopefuls to original founder members of Team Rwanda, including the recently retired Rio 2016 Olympian Nathan Byukusenge, who is retraining for a new career helping the younger riders from 'the toolbox' rather than alongside them in the races.
“I have always wanted to be a role model for cyclists in Rwanda, which means that even when I am retired; I need stay involved in the sport I love, and to encourage the kids to take up cycling as a professional sport that can change their lives forever. I think I have done a lot for the sport, I believe no one can blame me (for the decision to retire) so I have to give a chance to the young kids. I will continue to held the riders and give everything I can to motivate them,” the veteran Byukusenge promised recently.
Nathan can be seen above (right) with Team Rwanda's head mechanic Jamie Bissell and new graduate Yannick Godwin.
These mechanic training courses are a fundamental part of Team Rwanda Cycling's mission statement to help Rwandans take over the long-term management of the team in the future. All our mechanic courses are funded by donors and sponsors for which we give huge thanks. If you are interested in making a donation to support these courses, please visit out donation site and choose the 'Mechanic Training Program' option and donate whatever you are able. Click HERE to donate.
Murakoze! Many thanks!