Team Rwanda Wins Tour du Rwanda
Team Rwanda wins the Tour du Rwanda for the second year in a row!
(Excerpts from the New Times Rwanda publication):
After Valens Ndayisenga’s historic win last year in the UCI Africa 2.2 Tour du Rwanda cycling race, Rwandans have found a new champion in Jean-Bosco Nsengimana. The young rider from Rubavu on shores of Lake Kivu, stood out throughout the week by winning three stages and wearing the yellow jersey from first to the last day. Like Ndayisenga, Nsengimana, 22, recorded the first major victory of his young career after clocking 23:54:50 in the seven-stage race that covered a total distance of 928.4 kilometers.
Rwandans dominated the entire race since the first day, leaving no chance to their opponents from Eritrea, Morocco, France, South Africa and elsewhere.
1. Jean-Bosco Nsengimana (Team Karisimbi) 23:54:50
2. Joseph Areruya (Team Akagera) 23h56:35
3. Camera Hakuzimana (Team Muhabura) 2’45”
4. Eyob Metkel (Eritrea) 3’02”
5. Patrick Byukusenge (Team Karisimbi) 3’04”
grand Prize winner gets tall boy
Congratulations once again to Kimberlee Staff, the happy and proud winner of our 2015 Grand Prize Santa Cruz bike. Not only is Kimberlee happy and proud, she is also GENEROUS – as she gave this new bike to her husband John. (Kim had recently purchased a Santa Cruz 5010 for herself, so she generously shared her Grand Prize with her hubby.) John, Kimberlee and family recently picked up their new Tallboy at the awesome new Shimano hospitality center in Irvine. A big thank you to Derek Melberg from Ride Rep Group, who completed the bike build and coordinated all the bike components (Shimano), frame (Santa Cruz), and fork (Fox).
You can have a chance to win an awesome new bike too! All you have to do is participate in our 2016 event (last Saturday in April 2016), purchase some Grand Prize raffle tickets – then sit back and wait for your number to be called!
bike distribution in musanze
Thank you to all who participate in our 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda. You are creating a future and a hope for a new generation in Rwanda. In May 2015, 80 bicycles were distributed to school children in the Musanze District near the Africa Rising Cycling Center. Message from Kim Coats, Director of Marketing for the Team: “We gave 40 bikes to Kabara School and 40 bikes to Kagano School children to help with their daily commute. Thanks CHT, Musanze District and FERWACY for your support…AND the 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda which raised the money for these bikes!”
These Musanze bikes were made possible by a portion of the proceeds of our 2013 8th annual Rwanda Ride. In 2014, proceeds of our 9th annual Rwanda Ride enabled 220 bikes to be distributed to schoolchildren in South Africa. And this year, our 9th annual event will result in 220 bikes heading to Eritrea, where rural children who live too far to walk to school will now be able to get there by bike. And these kids will have the opportunity to receive an education that would otherwise have been impossible.
Once again, our 50 Mile Ride Team says “THANK YOU” to all participants, supporters, and volunteers. Way to go!
Record crowd, record fundraising, record rain!
Our 9th Annual 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda is now “in the record books”. Thanks to the support of our riders, sponsors, volunteers, and vendors – we achieved new records in every category. Our goal was 1000 riders this year, and we had 1292 registered fun-loving riders. Our “stretch goal” was to raise $150,000 for our Rwanda non-profits, and we raised over $161,000 (including our generous 15% match from Allstate Insurance). Our goal was “no rain”, and we exceeded that goal by one perfectly imperfect-timed rain storm right in the middle of our prize raffle. Oh well. At least the weather and the trails were perfect during the ride itself. Congratulations to Kimberlee Staff, the super-excited winner of our Grand Prize Santa Cruz bike. She couldn’t stop smiling or shaking, and it wasn’t from the cold! THANK YOU ALL, for sharing in an epic day for an epic cause that will have a life-changing impact for students, care-givers and athletes in Africa. Well done.