Riding to forget.

The best part of the Olympics for me are the stories of diversity and hearing what people overcome to get to, in this case, the London games. Adrien Niyonshuti of Rwanda is a great example of an amazing but tragic story. He was just 7 years old when the Rwanda Genocide happened, he lost many of his family including six brothers.

I had the privilege of attending a private screening of “Rising From Ashes” in Ladera Ranch a few months back. This movie tells the story of how Adrien went from surviving the genocide to participating as a mountain bike rider in the 2012 London games.

Their is a great mountain bike event each year here in Orange County called 50 Mile Ride which raises money for Project Rwanda (some of which benefits the Rwanda Cycling team).

Now I know this is a Mountain Bike story but Adrien, like many of us also rides road. Below are some links if you want to read his full story. Amazing.

A Long, Amazing Ride to the Olympics – WSJ

FROM RWANDA TO LONDON, WITH A BICYCLE – The New Yorker

(Photo from Getty Images)

One thought on “Riding to forget.

  1. Adrien is inspiring an entire generation of future cyclists in Rwanda. Thanks for spreading the word about Adrien and Team Rwanda Cycling (and of course, our 50 Mile Ride event).

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