Team Rwanda riders sign for Bike Aid
The duo, who will join the professional German cycling team for next season, are looking forward to competing in the international peloton regularly alongside some of the best riders in the world.
“Joining Bike Aid is a dream come true and a very big achievement in my cycling career. Every rider wants to go professional. It is also an inspiration to other riders to work harder and become professional,” said the excited Nsengimana who turned 22 last month.
Hadi, who spent several months over a two-year period with the UCI South African Feeder team then named MTN Qhubeka and also guest raced for Garneau-Quebecor in August 2014 for a month, will also be fulfilling a childhood dream next month.
The 24-year old renowned sprinter is keen on joining Adrien Niyonshuti on the professional ranks. The latter became Rwanda’s first professional cyclist in 2009 when he signed for UCI pro continental team MTN Qhubeka.
Hadi said, “This is a big step in my career. Competing at that level means a lot to any cyclist and for me, this is huge.”
Both riders are delighted that this opportunity means so much for Rwanda as an upcoming cycling nation that has risen from ashes to defy fortunes.
“We have seen that whenever we compete abroad, we learn something new all the time. For instance, when we went to Belgium this summer, we learnt how to compete on the cobbles and indeed this was very key in my performance at the World Cycling Championships and in winning the Tour of Rwanda this year,” explained Nsengimana.
The riders will join Bike Aid at the start of the year. They join a club which has seen the rise of several African riders like 2014 African Cyclist of the Year Mekseb Debesay from Eritrea and Amanuel Mengstab Meron.