6,000km away from the UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland lie the red roads of Rwanda.
If it’s been a heavy week of revelations, rules and more that takes us too far from what cycling should be about, the film trailer above is a reminder that there so much more. It feels a million miles away from the troubles of pro cycling.
Rising From Ashes tells the tale of Team Rwanda, a project set up in the country to help develop cycling. You might not think it at first but cycling is very big in this small African country but largely because the bicycle is cheap, a means to get people and goods from village to village.
The country became infamous for the genocide in the 1990s but has since become enjoyed rising prosperity, albeit from the lowest of bases. Life is still simple and perhaps over a century ago in Europe, cycling is an emerging sport and a chance for some to escape poverty even if it is via hardship on the bike.
The film tells the personal tales of those who have joined the country’s de facto national team and is miles away from the Euro racing scene… until one of their riders qualifies for the Olympics.
It will be screened in several film festivals so keep a look out for something near you.