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How ‘Selfish’ Yohana Dawit Nearly Shuttered African Women’s Professional Cyclists Dream

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Stupid is as Stupid Does. One of the most promising Eritrean female riders and a national champion, Yohana Dawit, was not that smart after all. She was sent to the U.S. to make history – as the first Eritrean female professional rider and part of the first ever African Women’s Professional Cyclists team. By absconding in the U.S., not only she killed her cycling carrier for good, but literally shutters the future of her fellow Eritrean female riders too.

By VoxWomen.com,

Running an African team brings many challenges, something that Kimberly Coats, Team Africa Rising’s Director of Marketing and Logistics knows all too well.

In July and August, Team Africa Rising held a women’s cycling camp at the Africa Rising Cycling Centre in Rwanda. Kimberly invited women from Rwanda, Eritrea and Ethiopia all in hopes of launching the first ever all African women’s professional team. During the month of the camp, an invitation for a guest rider for the Green Mountain Stage Race came from the Amy D. Foundation racing team. Amy D. Foundation’s mission is to assist in the development of cycling for women. Inviting an African rider was a great opportunity for both organisations to be true to their missions. Continue reading How ‘Selfish’ Yohana Dawit Nearly Shuttered African Women’s Professional Cyclists Dream