The Rwanda Cycling Federation (Ferwacy) in collaboration with the National Heroes, Medals and Rings of Commendation (CHENO) is organizing a race to celebrate Heroes Day 2022.
The race is scheduled for January 30 at Amahoro Stadium.
Dubbed Heroes’ Day Cycling Youth Races, the annual competition aims to educate young people in the culture of heroism ahead of Heroes’ Day, which will be celebrated on February 1 under the theme “Our Heroes, Our Dignity”.
This year’s edition also intends to look for young talents in the run-up to the 2025 Road World Championships in Rwanda.
Riders will bring their own bikes and helmets, and will need to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
Unlike last year’s race which attracted runners in the junior and elite categories, only youngsters – under two age groups – will participate this year. There will be one race for riders aged 12-14 and another for junior riders aged 15-16.
According to Ferwacy’s technical director, Emmanuel Murenzi, the elite category has been dropped from this year’s edition due to financial constraints.
“Elite runners are not concerned this year because there is no budget for all categories to participate. We have decided to keep the juniors for the race as it is part of our new plan to prepare young riders for the 2025 UCI Road World Championships to be held in Kigali,” said Murenzi. Sports of the weekend in an interview Thursday.
“It is also part of the competition’s desire to inspire and encourage heroism among Rwandans and we believe this should start with the younger generations,” he added.
The winners will be rewarded with various kits to use during training such as helmets, gloves and jerseys.
The organizers added that they are doing their best to ensure that at least every participant goes home with a prize, no matter how small.
Registration for the 2022 Heroes’ Cycling Cup is open until January 29 through Ferwacy’s online registration portal and at the cycling body’s headquarters at Amahoro Stadium.
The last race was in 2020 when Jean Eric Habimana and Diane Ingabire won the men’s and women’s elite race, while Eric Muhoza emerged victorious in the junior race.