Rwanda, a landlocked, high altitude, nation of Africa. Rwanda, site of a devastating 1994 genocide. The racial divisions that brought the country to its knees, now gone, Rwanda has moved on and is now one of the safest countries in Africa.
But in Team Rwanda, nine cyclists brought together by Jonathan ‘Jock’ Boyer, you find young men trying to write a new history for a nation scarred by its past. Nathan Byukusenge and Nicodem Habiyembere are two brothers on Team Rwanda.
Like all their teammates, genocide has left an indelible mark on their lives – their father was just one of the many to have died. Estimates on the total number of dead range from between 500,000 to one million. 9,000 kilometers away from their home, Nathan and Nicodem recall seeing Brazil on a map, “maybe once”, the latter quietly told Cyclingnews.