“I have been following the story of this team from the beginning. There is no way you cannot be moved by the determination of these cyclists. So when the phone one day rang and it was Jonathan saying they need some help for the Colorado Classic, of course I said hell yes! I mean, this is what sponsorship is all about. That is the real thing.” – Tony Karklins, Founder and Managing Director, Allied Cycle Works
“I am delighted about our new relationship between Allied Cycles and Team Rwanda Cycling. As a growing carbon fiber bike frame manufacturer and a growing cycling force in Africa it makes this relationship unique, powerful and inspiring. We both face juggernauts within the cycling world but our passions for excellence will demonstrate both our abilities and qualities.” – Jonathan “Jock” Boyer
The Allied bikes will receive a special custom color scheme to match the Team Rwanda Cycling jerseys. After finishing the Colorado Classic, the bikes will then be auctioned off at an event in Aspen, with all the proceeds going towards supporting Team Rwanda Cycling.
“Riding a bike painted especially for us, for Rwanda is a big honor. I am happy to be a part of this team and want to thank Allied for their support.” – Jean Claude Uwizeye
Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, Allied Cycles was founded in 2016 by industry veterans who have a passion for building the best bikes possible. Committed to designing and manufacturing their bikes entirely in house, the team at Allied determined to bring the manufacturing of carbon bicycles back to the US in order to improve the quality control while mitigating the environmental impact having different aspects of the manufacturing process spread around the globe entails. The dedication to creating a product MADE HERE and BUILT HERE forms the focal point of the Allied team’s passion since they believe that having total control over the entire build process, from inception through to testing and manufacturing, using the best materials and latest technologies will inevitably translate into an amazing ride experience for the customers.
About Team Rwanda Cycling/Team Africa Rising
Founded in 2006 by Tom Ritchey and Jonathan “Jock” Boyer (first American to race the Tour de France), it became the national team of Rwanda in 2007. Intended to help develop the talented athletes in Rwanda, the team has successfully provided a structure for African athletes to excel. In 2012, Adrien Niyonshuti became the first Rwandan to qualify for the Olympics in cycling. In 2012, Team Rwanda Cycling changed the name of its nonprofit to Team Africa Rising to reflect more accurately their work throughout the continent. With a mission to “unify African countries through the sport of cycling,” the team founded the Africa Rising Cycling Center with the Rwandan Cycling Federation and the Ministry of Sport in 2014. And the UCI has announced it will make it an official UCI training center for Africa in 2019. With 5 riders racing on Continental and Pro Continental teams in Europe, invitations to the 2018 Tour de l’Avenir and Colorado Classic, and the Tour of Rwanda going strong in its 10th year, the continued development of cycling in Africa has a firm foundation from which to grow.