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Rwanda’s Junior Cyclists Successfully Climb Kemmelberg Hill

Rwandan Juniors currently in Belgium for a one-month specialized cycling training have completed climbing the Kemmelberg hill.

This hill with significant reputation in cycling history is located less than a kilometer from the village of Kemmel, part of the municipality of Heuvelland in West Flanders.

Kemmelberg hill could be compared to the “Mur De Kigali” two times (1st time at 36.3km and 2nd time at 54.9km) and after 98.9km they did 4 laps of 8km each.

The riders who participated in the race on Wednesday include; Jean Eric, Yves, Jean Claude, Jean Baptiste and Felicien. This was their second race which was a UCI – MEN JUNIORS 1.1 race of 131.7km in total.

According to organisers, a total of 158 riders registered for this race but only 148 did the race from 32 teams and 5 Countries. Only Rwanda was represented by a national team.

Coach Ronny Vanmarcke and Coach Jordan Mathes are satisfied with the quick improvement the riders are showing after the modest start in their 1st race of 8th July and two days of technical and tactical training.

Three of the riders finished the race;

  1. Jean Eric HABIMANA came on the 50th place with 3h9’17s (0’14s after 1st rider)
  2. Jean Claude NZAFASHWANAYO on the 74th place with 3h18’3s (9’0s after 1st rider)
  3. Yves NKURUNZIZA on the 87th place with 3h18’3s (9’0s after 1st rider)

Felicien HAKIZIMANA fell in a crash and had an issue with his bike so he couldn’t finish the race and Jean Baptiste NSABIMANA also had a mechanical issue towards the end of the race.

The top 3 riders in this race were:

  1. Pluimers RICK (Netherlands): 3h9’3s
  2. Lechantre BASTIEN (France): 3h9’3s
  3. Hoeks DAAN (Netherlands): 3h9’3s

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