The national cycling team commonly known as Team Rwanda is set to embark on tough preparations for the upcoming Tour of Eritrea cycling championship scheduled for May 30 to June 6 this year.
The team which is currently undergoing a short break following their participation in La Tropicale Amissa Bongo tour will hold a residential training camp in Musanze, Northern Province in a fortnight.
Team Rwanda will use a local championship called Ascension de Mille Colline race set for May 20 to prepare effectively for the Tour of Eritrea.
The race is set to attract 60 riders who will ride 130km.
Rwanda finished overall in 7th position and 3rd in African teams out of the 14 teams that took that part in the La Tropicale Amissa Bongo cycling tour last month which is also dubbed one of the most competitive races on the continent and classified as a 2:1 race by International Cycling Union (UCI).
Veteran Abraham Ruhumuriza was the team’s best performer, coming in 12th place in the 579.4km six stage race that was won by Frenchman Anthony Charteau riding for Europcar cycling club.
Emmanuel Rudahunga, Nicodem Habiyambere and Nathan Byukusenge also came inside the top 30. Rookies Hadi Janvier and Joseph Biziyaremeye, who were racing in the competition for the first time finished in 42nd and 74th positions respectively.
Eritrea’s Rusom Meron and Morocco’s Jelloul Adil, who also won the 2009 Tour of Rwanda, came in 2nd and third positions.
Team Rwanda’s good performance means they finished the race as the 3rd best African team at the event behind Eritrea and Morocco.