Tour du Rwanda 2016 Race Team Profiles: No2: Club Benediction

Tour du Rwanda 2016 Race Team Profiles: No2: Club Benediction

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 03 2016

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

Team: Club Benediction


Rider: Samuel Mugisha*
Age: 19
Nickname: Yet to be determined...
From: Mukamira
Tour History: 1st Tour of Rwanda
Family: 4 brothers and 5 sisters. Lives with mama and papa in Mukamira. Before Team Rwanda he was going to school
Favorite Food:  Chicken and Pasta
Favorite Country: Eritrea
Motivation: Racing well in the Tour du Rwanda will help me to make money to help my family
Goal: To win a stage and win KOM
 


Rider: Jean Ruberwa*
Age: 19
Nickname: "Kapione"....after Campagnolo!
From: Mukamira
Tour History: This will be his 1st Tour of Rwanda
Family: Was in school before joining the team. 1 sister and 6 brothers. Lives with his mama and papa in Mukamira, across from his teammate Samuel Mugisha!
Favorite Food: Salad & Pancakes....maybe not at the same time
Favorite Country: Rwanda
Motivation: Very happy to be doing Tour of Rwanda so he can meet European and other professional riders from all over the world
Goal: Win a stage  and/or the Youth Jersey
 


Rider: Patrick Byukusenge
Age: 25
Nickname: "Caboose". He got that name from the Coach during a race in Morocco because he hung out at the back
From: Mukamira
Tour History: This will be his 4th Tour of Rwanda, riding for Team Rwanda for 4 years
Family: Married, 1 sister and 2 brothers.He has a mother but his father died in the Genocide. He used to be a single speed taxi driver
Favorite Food:  Chapatti & Pancakes
Favorite Country: Rwanda
Motivation: Racing the Tour du Rwanda and doing well will help him win money for his new family
Goal: To win the GC!
 


Rider: Alex Nizeyimana*
Age: 22
Nickname: "Ahoruzaziro" meaning he waits to die...apparently he attacks a lot and feels like he's dying
From: Nyabihu
Tour History: 1st Tour of Rwanda
Family: 2 sisters and 3 brothers and lives with his mama and papa. Going to school before riding for Team Rwanda
Favorite Food:  Salad, rice, spaghetti
Favorite Country: Rwanda
Motivation: He is very happy to have been selected to race and he says he's ready to win
Goal: To win a stage and help his teammates take the GC
 


Rider: Jeremie Karegeya
Age: 23
Nickname: "Bushera" ...it's a drink in Rwanda he's crazy about!
From: Gitarama
Tour History: This will be his 4th Tour of Rwanda. He is the ultimate domestique
Family: 2 brothers (Olympian Nathan Byukusenge is his brother!) and 1 sister. Lives near his mama in Gitarama
Favorite Food: Eggs & Guacamole
Favorite Country: Cameroon
Motivation: Tour of Rwanda will help him have money to finish building his house
Goal: Win the Prologue

* Debut rider at Tour du Rwanda

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