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In 2012 Adrien Niyonshuti became the first Rwandan Cyclist to qualify and compete for his country in the Olympic Games. Adrien’s story captured the hearts of Rwandans at home and abroad as a symbol of pride and hope for a new Rwanda. 

His personal story was magnified because he had lost 60 of his family members, including six of his brothers, in the 1994 genocide. Rising From Ashes documented his journey, along with his teammates from Team Rwanda, into the world of professional cycling in the award-winning 2012 documentary Rising From Ashes.

Adrien retired in 2018 and now works with the next generation of Rwandan cyclists at his Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling Academy (ANCA). In 2020, due to COVID-19 and the loss of races throughout the world, Adrien and his partner at ANCA, Hubert, went virtual with the help of Wahoo and Zwift, and today not only race on the road but also on the virtual platform with the best in the world! 


Later in 2021, ANCA will host the Rwanda e-Championships and participate in the East African and African Continental e-Champs and get back on the road as more racing opportunities open post-COVID.

By supporting the cyclists at ANCA, you're supporting not only their hopes and dreams, but you also provide economic opportunities for bike mechanics, soigneurs, coaches, and administrative staff, all working together to grow this team.

$300 pays for a month of food for cyclists at the training camps

$100 pays for internet, so these cyclists can train and race on Zwift

$50 provides for clean drinking water for the team for a month

$15 a month pays for a Zwift membership

It all began with one rider....with Adrien, and today TAR's work has come full circle. 

Thank you for your support!









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Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling Academy

by Team Africa Rising 60 Lives Impacted Rwamagana, Eastern Province, Rwanda

In 2012 Adrien Niyonshuti became the first Rwandan Cyclist to qualify and compete for his country in the Olympic Games. Adrien’s story captured...

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