Tour du Rwanda 2016 Race Team Profiles: No3: Team Rwanda (National Team)

Tour du Rwanda 2016 Race Team Profiles: No3: Team Rwanda (National Team)

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 05 2016

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

Team: Team Rwanda (National Team)


Rider: Abraham Ruhumuriza
Age: 37 (One of the original 5 members of Team Rwanda!)
Nickname: "Punda" Donkey, as he is stubborn as a jackass
From: Butare
Tour History: Racing his 7th of Tour of Rwanda, taking part in all all except the 2010 edition
Family: Married with four children Mucyo (17), Eric (15), Dennis (10) and Trust (7). Before Team Rwanda he was a taxi bike driver
Favorite Food: Soup, spaghetti and rice
Favorite Country: USA
Motivation: Riding well in the Tour du Rwanda helps him earn money for his family
Goal: To win a stage
 


Rider: Nathan Byukusenge**
Age: 36 (One of the original 5 members of Team Rwanda)
Nickname: "Icyugu" which means lizard as he's small and climbs fast!
From: Gitarama
Tour History: Racing his 8th of Tour of Rwanda. Raced also raced the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2015 UCI World Championships in XCO MTB
Family: Married with children, Alex (2.5). Brother is Jeremie Karegeya riding for Benediction. He survived the 1994 Genocide
Favorite Food: Salad, Chicken with cous cous
Favorite Country: USA
Motivation: I love to represent my country and earn money to take care of my family. 2016 will be his last Tour of Rwanda
Goal: To win a stage and also help my teammates
 


Rider: Eric Nduwayo*
Age: 23
Nickname: "Magufa" means "bones"
From: Gisenyi
Tour History: 1st Tour of Rwanda
Family: 1 sister and 3 brothers. Lives with mama and papa. Going to school before Team Rwanda
Favorite Food: Cassava bread and sugar cane
Favorite Country: Ivory Coast
Motivation: I feel very happy to be selected to race for Team Rwanda!
Goal: I want to win a stage
 


Rider: Gasore Hategeka**
Age: 29
Nickname: "Douglas" because he told a kid in the forest during the MTB Continental Championships that his name was Douglas and throughout the entire race they called him Douglas!
From: Sashwara
Tour History: Raced Gasore all 8 Tour of Rwanda since becoming a UCI sanctioned race
Family: Married with two children, Alex (4) and Intwari (1). Worked in the market and was a taxi bike driver before Team Rwanda
Favorite Food: Chicken
Favorite Country: Switzerland
Motivation: To race well and earn money to help my family
Goal: To win the GC
 


Rider: Joseph Biziyaremye
Age: 30
Nickname: "Grumpy" because he's direct and to the point and doesn't put up with any BS...EVER
From: Gitarama
Tour History: This is his 6th Tour of Rwanda 
Family: Two children, not married. Little boy is named Alberto Contador (3) and Samson (1)
Favorite Food: Potatoes
Favorite Country: South Africa
Motivation: To show my racing skills and earn some money for my family
Goal: Win the GC

* Debut rider at Tour du Rwanda
** Have done ALL ToR since 2009 when it became a UCI sanctioned race

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