Formed in the year 2006, Team Rwanda is a bunch of enthusiastic and hard-working Rwandan athletes who have been employing their raw talent for the betterment of their families and their country. The team was founded by a handful of friends after they spotted some raw and amazingly talented Rwandan athletes competing in the first edition of the Wooden Bike Classic. The formation of Team Rwanda also kick-started cycling as a looked-up to professional sport in Rwanda.
Team Rwanda, as a project brings plenty of coaching and organizational facilities to the team, who not just ride for their own personal goals, but also for creating global awareness about their country. It was Team Rwanda that gave Rwanda its first-ever national cycling team. At the time of writing this article, team Rwanda fields more than 25 cyclists in various disciplines and levels of the cycling sport. The young women and men constituting Team Rwanda have become ambassadors and role models for their nation. In a span of eight short years, Rwanda has turned into a cycling force to reckon with. Team Rwanda works in collaboration with FERWACY (Rwandan Cycling Federation) and MINISPOC (Ministry of Sport and Culture). Many well-known figures in Rwanda as well as other countries have termed Team Rwanda as an inspiring example for other sports. A lot of credit is given to the hard-working nature of every Team Rwanda member.
Not only does team Rwanda focuses on recruiting, training and launching competitive athletes in the field of cycling, but also on teaching and training the next generation of nutritionists, mechanics, coaches and more for the Team Rwanda program. This is achieved by modelling a state-of-the-art infrastructure that’s a must for running any first-rate cycling program. Eventually, the aim of Team Rwanda is to hand over the reins of the team to native Rwandans, who’ll then expand the proven system into other needy countries, and take the competitive sport of cycling to other parts of Africa. With the aim of reflecting this great mission of expanding the Team Rwanda’s holistic approach to other struggling African countries, the official name of Team Rwanda was changed to Team Africa Rising.
The manner in which Team Rwanda was formed and took Rwandan cycling to all parts of the world, inspired the making of popular documentary film ‘Rising from the Ashes’. The story of the documentary film is all about hope, redemption and second chances. It’s not so much about the cycling per se but how bicycle turned into a social tool, bringing great change to a nation. It tells how every member of Team Rwanda rose above his/her individual needs and started taking care of the greater needs of all the athletes.