In 2012 Adrien Niyonshuti was the first Rwandan Cyclist to compete for his country in the Olympic Games. Adrien’s story captured the hearts of Rwandans at home and abroad as a symbol of pride and hope for a new Rwanda.
His personal story was magnified by the fact that he had lost 60 of his family members including six of his brothers in the 1994 genocide. His journey, along with his team mates from Team Rwanda, into the world of professional cycling was documented in the award winning documentary Rising From Ashes.
Soon after the 2012 London Olympic Games Adrien immediately felt he wanted to offer the chance for young people in his country to experience the power of cycling install hope and values to the next generations.
The Academy idea was born and the first location chosen was Adrien’s home town of Rwamagana. Along with support from the Rwandan Cycling Federation, Team Rwanda and the Rising from Ashes Foundation the academy was officially launched in the August 2013.