What's coming up for Team Rwanda Cycling...
On 26 September in Daoukro, Ivory Coast, veteran Team Rwanda member, Gasore Hategeka won Stage 3 of the Tour of Ivory Coast! For the past month, Gasore had been working with the Rwandan women coaching and training with them. Gasore has matured in his roll as a team mentor with the women and juniors, yet he still showed he has the power and fight to win races. What an inspiration to the younger racers!
With a few more stages left of this race and with three Rwandan riders in the Top 10, we are hopeful for another stage win and a podium placement in the General Classification. What makes the Tour of Ivory Coast so special to Team Rwanda is in 2007, the Tour of Ivory Coast was one of the first international races the team was invited to race. At that time the race was sponsored by the UN due to an ongoing civil conflict in the country. At the start of one of the stages, a military commander approached Jock Boyer and the team and said, "You can't imagine what it means to us to have Team Rwanda racing here. Rwanda has lived through conflict and has emerged with a cycling team. We are now in conflict. Rwanda being here gives us hope." From that point Coach Jock Boyer knew the real power of hope Team Rwanda offered the world.
The next two months will see Team Rwanda finish the Tour of Ivory Coast, attend their third UCI World Championships and participate in the Grand Prix Chantal Biya. Nationally, the team will race two more days in the Rwanda Cycling Cup October 22-23rd before the start of the 8th Annual Tour of Rwanda, November 13-20th.