I am honored to be working with the Rwandan National Cycling team again, this time in Rwanda!  I met a handful of the riders this past summer when they traveled to the United States to participate in two stage-races.  It was there that I learned more about Team Africa Rising, a program dedicated to building men’s and women’s cycling in Africa.  The Rwandan team’s head-coach, Sterling Magnell, is an old friend back from my days as a bike racer.  I’m so impressed with the work he is doing and the impact the sport is having in the country.  I’m looking forward to sharing more from this trip, which will culminate with the 2018 African Continental Championships Feb 14-18.

Elite Men

Joseph Areruya

Patrick Byukusenge

Samuel Mugisha

Didier Munyaneza

Valens Ndayisenga

Adrien Niyonshuti

Jean Bosco Nsengimana

Jean Claude Uwizeye

Elite Women

Jeanne D’Arc Girubuntu

Beathe Ingabire

Magnifique Manizabayo

Jacqueline Tuyishime

Junior Men

Gahemba Barnabe

Jean Eric Habimana

Jean Claude Nzafashwanayo

Yves Nkurunziza

Junior Women

Violette Irakoze Neza

Jeanette Manishimwe

Samantha Mushimiyimana

Valentine Nzayisenga

Coaching Staff

Sterling Magnell – Head Coach

Felix Sempoma

Abraham Ruhumuriza

Nathan Byukusenge


Sean Belfast – Head Mechanic

Sandrine Uwayezu – Mechanic

Eric Maniriho – Mechanic

Obed Ruvogera – Head Soigneur

Patrick Kayinamura – Soigneur

Catherine Uwineza – Soigneur

Benoit Munyankindi – Logistics