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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

Yohana Dawit Finishes 9th at Green Mountain Stage Race TT

Eritrea’s first female Professional rider, Yohana Dawit, gets 9th place at the Green Mountain Stage Race TT, her first pro race in the US.

By CapEri,

Eritrean cyclist Yohana Dawit finished ninth place at the first stage of the Green Mountain Race in Vermont, USA. Her remarkable race today marks a significant milestone in her career – as the first Eritrean female cyclist competing for an American cycling team (Amy D. Foundation race team). Continue reading Yohana Dawit Finishes 9th at Green Mountain Stage Race TT

Yohana Dawit to Race as First Eritrean Female Professional Cyclist

Eritrean National Champion, Yohana Dawit, to ride for the U.S Amy D. Foundation race team as a professional guest rider at the Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont from September 2nd – 5th, 2016.

By Kim Coats for Team Africa Rising,

We are pleased to announce a guest rider appearance at the Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont September 2nd – 5th, thanks to the Amy D. Foundation race team.

A key element of the Team Africa Rising program is the identification, development and promotion of women’s cycling in Africa. For the past month, the coaches at our HQ, the Africa Rising Cycling Center (ARCC), home to the national cycling team of Rwanda, have been working with female cyclists from across East Africa for a month-long, high-altitude training camp. Continue reading Yohana Dawit to Race as First Eritrean Female Professional Cyclist

The Next Wave of Eritrean Riders is Even Better

How Eritrean cycling is preparing to peak. After success in Tour de France, plans for a high-altitude training centre and regional team raise expectations in the country where cycling is like a religion. (Photograph: Vincent Jannink/EPA)

By David Smith | The Guardian,

It was a heroes’ welcome you may have missed. Cheering crowds lined the streets, children on bikes wore polka dot jerseys and two sporting idols waved from the open roof of a polka dot Toyota headed straight to meet the president.

Not footballers, nor runners, but cyclists. Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudus were returning to their home country after making history by becoming the first black Africans to compete in the Tour de France, with the former spending several days in the polka dot King of the Mountains jersey. Enough to earn instant immortality in cycling-mad Eritrea. Continue reading The Next Wave of Eritrean Riders is Even Better

Boyer Rates Eritrea The Strongest Cycling Nation in Africa

Team Africa Rising director and Rwandan National Cycling Team Coach Jock Boyer rates Eritrea as the strongest cycling nation in Africa. Team Africa Rising has formed a partnership with Eritrea, Rwanda and Ethiopia (Photo credit: MTN Qhubeka)

By RFI,

NO black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future.

Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France.  Continue reading Boyer Rates Eritrea The Strongest Cycling Nation in Africa