Kenyans are globally renowned for their dominance in long-distance marathons but did you know that a group of young Kenyans are working towards getting a spot in the pro-cycling arena? Meet the Kenyan Riders, the first professional cycling team based in Kenya and founded by Singaporean Nicholas Leong in 2006. There are certainly grand plans in the radar as the team set their sights on 2019 Tour de France.
In 2009, Nicholas joined forces with Matthieu and Marie-Anne Vermersch and together, they incorporated the Kenyan Riders Pte Ltd, in Singapore. The team has grown from strength to strength ever since. There are currently 26 members in the entire team that include trainers, support staff and professional riders in training.
To date, some of the notable achievements by the Kenyan Riders include 2nd overall team classification at the La Haute Route 2012, dubbed as one of the highest and toughest cyclosportives in the world. The team also finished 4th place overall at their home tour, the Tour of Rwanda last year with one of their riders, John Njoroge, who finished 3rd place overall.