Adrien Niyonshuti
Academy

From Olympian to community Leader

“I think I am good at mentoring younger riders. I really enjoy teaching people what I’ve learnt so far.” – Adrien Niyonshuti

In 2012 Adrien Niyonshuti was the first Rwandan cyclist to compete for his country in the Olympic Games. Adrien’s story captured the hearts of Rwandans at home and abroad as a symbol of pride and hope for a new Rwanda. Immediately after the 2012 London Olympic Games Adrien felt that he wanted to offer the chance for young people in his country to experience the power of cycling, to install hope, and to pass on its positive values to future generations.

The Academy idea was born and the first location chosen was Adrien’s hometown of Rwamagana. Along with support from the Rwandan Cycling Federation, Team Rwanda and the Rising from Ashes Foundation, the academy was officially launched in the August 2013. 

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Adrien Niyonshuti Academy Facts

  • Promoting positive values at a young age, offering equal opportunities to both boys and girls.
  • Facilitating after school education to ensure all students are able to attend state education.
  • A place for exceptional cyclists to thrive in a team environment and offer a view into the world of professional cycling.
  • Career development with vocational learning builds confidence to creates young leader in new communities.
  • Healthcare & extracurricular education using cycling as a metaphor to teach practices transferable to all walks of life.
  • University collaborations allow students access to quality education so they can reinvest in their communities.
  • 17-22 riders ages 14-22 training 5 days a week with 5 hours per week Enlgish language instruction.

Academy Staff

Adrien Niyonshuti

Adrien was one of the original five members of Team Rwanda. The most professionally successful cyclist to emerge from Team Rwanda, Adrien has been riding for MTN Qhubeka, a pro team based in South Africa since 2009. Adrien also became the first Black African to complete a mountain bike race at the 2012 London Olympics. In 2013, Adrien started his own junior cycling academy, Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling Academy (ANCA) with a focus on mentoring young cyclists both in the sport and in their academics.

Tom King

Tom has been raised in a family passionate about cycling. He was chairman and rider for his university cycling team, before working full-time as a cycle challenges organizer. His people skills, organization and knowledge are the reasons why he co-ordinates operations between Rwanda and the UK.

Rob Lucas

Travelling and cycling have dominated Rob’s life over the past few years. His responsibilities involve overseeing the academy’s’ operations on the ground, and liaising with our partners on how best to implement our combined efforts.

Adrien Niyonshuti
Academy

From Olympian to community Leader

“I think I am good at mentoring younger riders. I really enjoy teaching people what I’ve learnt so far.” – Adrien Niyonshuti

In 2012 Adrien Niyonshuti was the first Rwandan cyclist to compete for his country in the Olympic Games. Adrien’s story captured the hearts of Rwandans at home and abroad as a symbol of pride and hope for a new Rwanda. Immediately after the 2012 London Olympic Games Adrien felt that he wanted to offer the chance for young people in his country to experience the power of cycling, to install hope, and to pass on its positive values to future generations.

The Academy idea was born and the first location chosen was Adrien’s hometown of Rwamagana. Along with support from the Rwandan Cycling Federation, Team Rwanda and the Rising from Ashes Foundation, the academy was officially launched in the August 2013. 

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