AdrienPhoto by Jonathan Torgovnik

Home town:
East province, Ramagana, Rwanda
2 January, 1987

Adrien is our Team Rwanda’s first rider to qualify for the Olympics. Adrien is also the first Rwandan to qualify in mountain biking for the Olympics. He will be representing his country in 2012 in London.

During the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Adrien lost six of his brothers. His story was featured in a recent Sports Illustrated South Africa article.

Adrien is a strong rider with great endurance. He received his first bike from his Uncle Emmanuel. His first race was the Tour of Rwanda where he finished 6th. Adrien finished 2nd in the Tour of Rwanda in 2006 and 2007. In 2008, he was offered a pro contract to race with MTN Energade, now MTN Qhubeka and is still racing for MTN.

In February 2011, he placed 4th in the Mountain Bike Continental Championships in Stellenbosch, South Africa securing a spot in the 2012 Olympics and in March 2011 his partner and Adrien won Best African at the 2011 Cape Epic in South Africa.

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Adrien’s racing accomplishments include:

2011 Results
African Mountain Biking Championships Finished 4th and qualified for the 2012 Olympics
MTN Claren Ultra Marathon Finished 1st
Cape Epic • Best African
• Finished 9th in the General Classification
2010 Mountain Biking Results in South Africa with MTN
MTN Marathon Series (7 events) • Attakwas - 5th
• Barberton - 4th
• Sabie - 18th
• Clarens - 5th
• Cullinan - 5th
• 50 Miler - 2nd
• Overall in the Series - 4th
Nissan Series (5 events) • Hazeldean - 1st
• Fast and Furious - 2nd
• Down and Dirty - 1st
• Overall in the Series - 8th
ABSA CAPE EPIC Overall 21st (Jaco and Adrien)
Sani2C Overall 4th (Paul and Adrien)
World Cup #4 Champery DNF
World Cup #5 Val di Sole 175th
World Marathon Champs 61st
Team Rwanda Cycling Accomplishments
Tour of Rwanda 2010 • 8th Place Finish General Classification
• Best Rwandan Jersey
• Most Popular Jersey
African Continental Championships / November 2010 • Participated in Individual Time Trial and Road Race
• Finished 4th in ITT
• Finished 8th in Road Race
Tour of Kigali City / October 2010 Rwanda National Championship Finished 1st
Commonwealth Games / India / October 2010 Finished 18th in Individual Time Trial
Tour of Rwanda / November 2009 • 5th Place in General Classification
• Best Rwandan Jersey
Tour of Ireland / August 2009 First Black African to ride in a professional European Race
Cape Epic Results • 2007 – 23rd Category / 33rd GC racing partner, Jonathan Boyer (coach)
• 2008 – 22nd Category / 26th GC racing partner, Nathan Buykusenge (Team Rwanda)
• 2009 – 18th Category / 20th GC racing partner, Jupiter Nameembo (MTN)
• 2010 – 20th Category / 21st GC racing partner, Jaco Venter (MTN)