Manizabayo, Habimana, Byukusenge off to SA for training

Up-coming cycling youth riders Manifique Manizabayo, Eric Jean Habimana and former cyclist Nathan Byukusenge on Monday left Kigali International Airport Kanombe for almost two-month training camp at World Cycling Centre in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

The three are expected to be back in Rwanda by November 30th, 2017.

Before departure, Nathan Byukusenge who is now working with national cycling federation FERWACY said that he is heading for SA to train as a coach.

“There is a lot I will gain from this training since my wish is to become a coach so that I can train others,” Byukusenge revealed

The two youth riders will be trained in certain skills necessary for future professional cyclists, that including nutrition, race preparation so that they can gain the exposure to compete at the international level.

Manizabayo exhibited her intent, in the Muhazi Challenge when she finished second last month.

In her view, Manizabayo explained “I am so excited; this is a chance that I always prayed for, to travel and learn from such renown cycling centers. I hope to gain and learn more skills that will help me to race during the up-coming African Cycling Championship next year.”

Muhazi Generation Club secretary general Rene Anthere Rwanyange who happy for her believes the training will give her an opportunity to learn more skills in cycling.

“She is a promising young rider; who hers proved that she has the potential so going to SA is a good opportunity to gain experience since they will be training alongside other cyclists from different countries on the continent besides not only for her club but the Rwanda,” Rwanyange added

Habimana finished second during the Muhazi Race Challenge besides he became victorious in the junior 81km Race during the Race for Culture in Nyanza in the Rwanda Cycling Cup.  This year he won three medals on his debut at African Continental Track Championship.

Racing on a velodrome for the first time, the teenager stepped onto the podium three times in three different categories clinching two silvers and one bronze in the junior section at the 2017 African Continental Track Championships in Durban, South Africa.

Inaugurated in 2005, the World Cycling Centre Africa (WCC Africa) in SA is the continental hub for cycling in Africa.

It works in collaboration with the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the African Cycling Confederation (ACCF) under the mission to develop and improve the level of cycle racing across the continent and to prepare African riders for international competition.

Jejje Muhinde

L-R: Magnifique Manizabayo (Muhazi Cycling Generation), Nathan Byukusenge (Coach) and Jean Eric Habimana (Fly).

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