Rwanda cycling: The unlikely bike boom

  • 23 August 2012
  • From the section Magazine

Best known in the history books for a bloody ethnic genocide in 1994, Rwanda is a nation in need of heroes. The lycra-clad athletes in the country's leading cycling team may have the answer. Team Rwanda are now a familiar sight around Ruhengeri in the country's north-west.

For the BBC World Service, reporter Tim Mansel spent a week with the team as it prepares for its latest international competition. Here, he talks to their American coach, Jock Boyer - and cyclist, Rafiki Uwimana.

Photography and audio by Tim Mansel. Black and white archive images from Getty Images.

Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 24 August 2012.


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