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→
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→
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→
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.