Thursday, 30 April 2015

Team Rwanda eye home advantage

Team Rwanda eye home advantageTeam Rwanda Cycling is seeking to benefit from home advantage during the upcoming African Mountain Bike Continental Championships slated for May 8-10 in Musanze.

The eight-riders elite squad, that comprise of Janvier Hadi, Nathan Byukusenge, Joseph Biziyaremye, Gasore Hategeka, Abraham Ruhumuriza, Jean Claude Uwizeye and Joseph Aleluya, will be vying for honours in a bid to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil in the cross country category – riding in a loop including climbs and descents on a variety of terrain.

“The riders have been practicing on the race course so definitely they will have an advantage. Secondly, we do not have to travel so that is very good because we would never really be able to travel with seven riders, seven bikes, a mechanic et al,” said Jonathan ‘Jock’ Boyer, the Team Rwanda Cycling head coach.

Youngster Aleluya, who won the Kivu road race, the first competition of the Rwanda Cycling Cup earlier this month, replaces Bonaventure Uwizeyimana who is recovering at King Faisal hospital from a head injury he attained a fortnight ago while in training.

Upcoming youngster Samuel Mugisha is the only representative in the junior category while Aleluya will be categorised in the U-23 grouping.

Boyer said, “Our target is to have as many riders as possible in the top 10 and we would really want to see Mugisha in the top five. It will be very difficult but it is not impossible.”

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