Gasore Hategeka. Photo by Dominic Nahr/Magnum, for the New Yorker
It’s often said that cyclists are riding away from something. For members of the Rwandan national cycling team, it’s likely the memories of the terrible genocide in the mid ’90s and the crushing poverty the nation still endures.
In the July 11 issue of the New Yorker, Philip Gourevitch profiles the team and several of its young riders. Most have dug themselves out of poverty to try and make a better life for themselves, such as Gasore Hategeka, who worked half his life to be able to afford his first bike, which cost about $60.
The team has little experience compared to their Eurpean and American counterparts, but is slowly making its way in international racing. Team Rwanda is hoping to serve as a complement to Project Rwanda’s coffee-bike program and, more broadly, to boost Rwanda itself as a country with a future and not just a past.
Plus: See a photo gallery that accompanies the story, and listen to an interview with author Philip Gourevitch about his experience writing about the team. You can read the complete piece in the July 11 issue of the New Yorker.