Team Rwanda is a beacon of hope. The riders are an inspiration to those who learn their stories. When I met the team this past Saturday morning, they were rolling out for a 5 hour training ride in preparation for this week’s Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Oregon.
For most of the riders, their arrival here just the day before marked their first trip to the United States. The team is coached by my long-time friend, former professional cyclist Sterling Magnell, who graciously invited me to photograph the team during their stay here in Oregon.
The six riders here are representing the Rwandan National Team, and are a contingent of a larger team back home. The six young men are: