Team Rwanda Cycling wraps up a successful two-week international junior camp
From December 4 – 18th, Team Rwanda hosted a two-week junior camp at the Africa Rising Cycling Center in Musanze. The camp consisted of 10 Rwandan juniors, two Kenyan juniors, a Congolese junior and a Ugandan junior. The Rwandan Cycling Federation and the Ministry of Sport and Culture were sponsors of this camp.
At the camp, Coach Simon Hupperetz, also continued coaches training for Straton Nzabazumutima, a coach from Rwanda and worked with another coach, Spraya Mwana-Bwato from DRC. Jamie Bissell, Team Rwanda mechanic, trained a mechanic from Kenya, Nixon Sewe, even having Nixon learn how to build one of the Presidential Pinarello Bolide time trial bicycles equipped with a Campagnolo Super Record EPS grouppo.
Coach Simon Hupperetz was thrilled with the progress made during the two weeks with the young cyclists.
“The juniors were all very motivated. We not only did training on the road, but also spent many hours learning basic bike handling skills. We taught the riders how to feed during a race and also discussed race tactics, which will be very helpful in their next race. I tested all 13 cyclists and 5 of them tested well with a high potential for a future at the higher levels of cycling.”
Along with the junior riders, Team Rwanda also had many of the elite team riders at camp during the two weeks, including, Adrien Niyonshuti, who gave a motivational talk to the young men and women encouraging them to give 100% to the program and their future in the sport.
FERWACY President, Aimable Bayingana, when asked about the international make up of the camp had this to say,
“Rwanda, in only eight short years, has developed a strong cycling program at all levels from junior to elite. We have done this with a commitment to transparency and accountability. We hope Rwanda can be the model for other nations to develop similar programs to help raise the level of African cycling across East Africa. With stronger
Federations and cyclists throughout the region, we can host more races and develop more cyclists, thereby securing our goal to have Rwandans and other East Africans represented in the European peloton.”
MINISPOC and FERWACY have notified Team Rwanda Cycling they will send two juniors to the 2016 Continental Championships in Morocco. During the camp, 3-4 juniors were identified as potential candidates for these two slots. This will be the first time Rwanda has sent two juniors to the Continental Championships.