Samuel Mugisha has emerged winner of the “final race” of the Rwanda Cycling Cup 2017, organised by the Rwanda Cycling Federation (FERWACY).
Rwanda Cycling Cup is the national championship of the Rwanda’s cycling game. It brings in local cycling teams to compete and Rwanda’s players who ride for foreign teams also can feature in the tournament.
This year’s edition started in April and ended on Saturday December 30, 2017 after 11 stages that saw Rwandan professional cyclists ride 11 stages in different parts of the country.
In the final stage named “Final Race”, riders rode from Gatuna boarder to Kigali.
Samuel Mugisha who was awarded the best climber in the Tour du Rwanda 2016 before he was signed by South Africa’s cycling Team Dimension For Qhubeka won the “final race” after he used two hours, 38 minutes and 57 seconds.
The “King of the mountains” Mugisha finished the race with his bicycle in his hands as he arrived at the finish line with no rival to be seen behind him. He said he was imitating the other cyclists of the “highest level”. He was awarded a cheque worth Rwf100,000.
Samuel Mugisha was followed by Bonaventure Uwizeyimana of Benediction Club who used two hours, 39 minutes and 28 seconds.
Patrick Byukusenge emerged as the main winner of the Rwanda Cycling Cup 2017 while Beata Ingabire won the “final race” in women category as Xaverine Nirere was awarded the best woman cyclist in Rwanda Cycling Cup 2017.
Eric Nkurunziza was the junior men best cyclist of year in Rwanda Cycling Cup as he was also the winner of the “final race” in juniors.
Rubavu based Benediction Club was awarded as the best club in Rwanda Cycling Cup 2017.
The Top 5 in the final race (Teams represented) and times used
- Samuel Mugisha (Dimension Data) 2h38’57”
2. Bonaventure Uwizeyimana (Benediction Club) 2h39’28”
3. Dukuzumuremyi (Fly CC) 2h39’28”
4. Rene Jean Paul Ukiniwabo (Les Amis Sportifs) 2h39’28”
5. Janvier Rugamba (Les Amis Sportifs) 2h39’28”