Tour du Rwanda 2016 Race Team Profiles: No1: Les Amis Sportif

Tour du Rwanda 2016 Race Team Profiles: No1: Les Amis Sportif

As the build-up to the 2016 Tour du Rwanda begins, we profile the Rwandan riders in the race.
Race & Rider News Kim Coats

written by Kim Coats on November 01 2016

As the build-up to the 2016 Tour du Rwanda begins, we profile the Rwandan riders in the race...

Team: Les Amis Sportif


Rider: Jean Claude Uwizeye
Age: 22
Nickname: "Mbeki"  ... he's the "smart one" says his team
From: Rwamagana
Tour History: 3rd Tour of Rwanda. Riding with the National Team for 3+ years
Family: 3 sisters 2 brothers lives with his mama and papa. Was going to school before joining Team Rwanda
Favorite Food: Chapatti
Favorite Country: UK
Motivation: Tour of Rwanda helps him build a better life with the money he earns from racing the biggest race in his country
Goal:  To win a stage


Rider: Joseph Areruya (or Alleluya depending on passport...)
Age: 20
Nickname: "Ikimasa" which means "bull" as he looks and charges like a bull
From: Rwamagana
Tour History: 2nd Tour of Rwanda
Family: 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Lives with his parents in Rwamagana. He was attending school before joining Team Rwanda
Favorite Food:  Salad, Pancakes AND goat eyeballs....seriously he fights for the goat eyeballs on goat night!  Perhaps his secret weapon!
Favorite Country:  UK
Motivation: To make enough money from cycling to support my family
Goal:  To win the GC!


Rider: Ephrem Tuyishimire
Age: 20
Nickname: "inka" meaning cow because when his teammates tell him what to do he does it.
From: Rwamagana
Tour History: This will be his 2nd Tour of Rwanda.  His 1st he suffered a head injury and had to pull out
Family: 2 brothers and 1 sister being raised by his grandmother as both his parents are dead
Favorite Food:  Rice and Fish
Favorite Country: Rwanda
Motivation: Tour of Rwanda will help him improve his future by providing much needed money
Goal: Finish the Tour and Win a Stage


Rider: Mathieu Twizerane*
Age: 25
Nickname: "Legs"....you'll understand when you see him!
From: Ruhango
Tour History: This will be his 1st Tour of Rwanda
Family: 1 sister and 3 brothers and lives with his mama and papa. Used to be a single speed taxi bike driver
Favorite Food:  Corn meal 
Favorite Country: Rwanda
Motivation: Tour of Rwanda will be a great place to meet riders from other countries that is what I am most excited about
Goal: Win a stage


Rider: Samuel Hakiruwizeye*
Age: 19
Nickname: "Malaria"...every time he gets tired on the bike he tells his teammates he thinks he has Malaria
From: Rwamagana
Tour History: This will be his 1st Tour of Rwanda
Family: 3 sisters 2 brothers and lives with his mama and papa. Was going to school before Team Rwanda
Favorite Food:  Pancake & Salad
Favorite Country: Rwanda
Motivation: He is very excited to be racing this year's Tour.  (We actually think he's in a bit of shock!)
Goal:  To win Best Young Jersey

* Debut rider at Tour du Rwanda

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