Programs

Africa Women's Cycling

At Team Africa Rising, we believe in giving women equal opportunities in the sport of cycling. We push for equal pay for races on the African continent and a commitment of all African Federations to invest in women’s cycling.

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Women’s Passion for Cycling

We witness a great passion for cycling amongst young women in Africa. They face many challenges such as a lack of access, cultural expectations on marriage and children, education, and the lack of training and racing possibilities. None of these obstacles discourage the women of Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Botswana, South Africa, Algeria, or Egypt. They will go to great lengths to rewrite the rules of cycling for women in their communities.

“Women: When we team up, we are incredibly powerful. Find someone to team up with….our voices collectively really do make a difference, and change and perspective is worth fighting for.”

—Donna Orender

“We need to have women in more powerful positions that are making decisions, so when that 10-year-old girl is looking up and wondering, ‘What can I do and What do I want to be when I get older?’ She has the opportunity to do and be whatever she wants.”

—Abby Wambach

What We Do

Team Africa Rising works with the UCI and professional teams to empower these women to reach the highest levels of the sport.

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Meet the Women of African Cycling Team

We aim to not only train female cyclists but support staff positions within the sport to include women.

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Selam Amha – (Professional Cyclist Recently assigned to a development team)  Ethiopia

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Sandrine Uwineza (Mechanic) — Rwanda

Sandrine Uwineza was a cyclist in Rwanda. She understood early on that she would never be a top-level professional rider, so she focused her efforts on mechanics. Sandrine is the only black African woman to wrench for a UCI Continental Team, Team Illuminate, at the 2018 Tour of Rwanda.

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Valentine Nzayisenga – (Professional Cyclist Recently assigned to a development team) Rwanda

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Bisrat Ghebremeskel — Eritrea

Bisrat, who is only 20 years old, is one of the continent's most promising young riders. She is the current African Continental Road Champion and a talented time trialist. This young lady competed in the 2019 African Continental Road Cycling Championships in Bahar Dar, Ethiopia, from March 14 to March 19.

How to Support African Women Cycling Team

In Africa, women's cycling is fighting an uphill battle. They require equipment, training, coaching, and racing opportunities. South Africa currently has the only consistent racing with UCI points. We need to bring these women to South Africa, Europe, or the United States to assess their potential and get much-needed experience. Now, with the virtual platform we can develop these women more quickly to be recognized by professional teams.

We help identify teams outside of Africa. In addition, we secure guest ride slots for major events. The majority of the funds are used to pay for flights and equipment so that these women may get the necessary skills.

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Start Your Fundraiser

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