Pro Cycling Stats joins the LowestRates.ca Cycling Team Family
Pro Cycling Stats will be a new partner of the LowestRates.ca Cycling Team for the 2017 season. PCS is the most comprehensive database of professional cycling results and statistics available, including individual riders, teams, and races. The LowestRates.ca Cycling Team will utilize data generated by Pro Cycling Stats to tabulate race results and rider performances throughout the season.
The LowestRates.ca Cycling Team is extremely pleased to welcome Pro Cycling Stats into its family. The partnership will focus on the promotion of cycling through social media platforms, as well as the shared interest of helping to develop the sport we all love.
“LowestRates.ca is a team who does more than just cycling. It is a team that cares about the world as well, just like PCS. Working on globalizing the sport in countries within Asia and Africa is a shared mission, and these races are searching for teams to come over to them so that they have international competition.” – Stephan van der Zwan, Business Director – Pro Cycling States
“ProCyclingStats.com are known around the World to be innovators and genuine fans of the sport. I had the chance to meet Stephan in Rwanda in November and he’s such a passionate ambassador for the sport. It’s important to build the team’s foundation with people and/or business who share similar values. I am super excited about our new partnership with PCS and I am looking forward to working with them for years to come”. – Frédérick Gates, Director – LowestRates.ca Cycling Team.
LowestRates.ca Cycling Team and Pro Cycling Stats will work together to promote cycling and races in fantastic locations around the world.
ABOUT PRO CYCLING STATS
Pro Cycling Stats is a Dutch based online cycling database co-founded by Stephan van der Zwan. PCS provides up-to-date and reliable results and statistics on professional cycling from all around the world. PCS also is a strong supporter of the globalization of cycling and works to promote developing races on continents such as Africa and Asia.
ABOUT LOWESTRATES.CA CYCLING TEAM
Founded by Frédérick Gates, a Gatineau cycling enthusiast and visionary, the team’s identity has been evolving over the past two seasons, while achieving impressive success both on and off the bike. The LowestRates.ca Cycling Team has distinguished itself in UCI sanctioned races in Europe, Africa, the United States, and in Canada over the last year. Aside from racing, the team has committed itself to raising awareness and contribute to the development of cycling in Rwanda.
Tour du Rwanda excites Rusizi residents
By: PETER KAMASA
PUBLISHED: November 18, 2016
Lowestrates.ca rider chats with young cycling fans in Rusizi on Wednesday. (Faustin Niyigena)
For the first time in the history of Tour du Rwanda, the race reached Rusizi District in the Southern Province causing excitement among the area residents.
On Wednesday the annual UCI Africa Tour category 2.2 road race reached the furthest part of the country following the addition of two new routes; Karongi-Rusizi (115.9km) and Rusizi-Huye (140.7km) through Rwanda’s vast tropical rainforest of Nyungwe.
The third stage on Wednesday was taken by prologue winner, Timothy Rugg, who rides for Canadian side Team Lowestrates.ca after clocking 3h18’16’’ and was followed by Les Amis Sportifs rider, Joseph Areruya by a difference of two seconds. Race leader, Valens Ndayisenga finished the stage in 7th place.
“This is a great moment for the people of Cyangugu (Rusizi), we have waited for so long to see the tour come to our place, finally we are happy to see the riders with our own eyes and not to wait to see them on TV, ” said Casmus Niringiyimana, a resident of Rusizi.
Another resident, Samuel Karamaga, noted, “We are very excited about the race, but more especially that our riders are doing well, and even when we can’t follow them in every stage, we are all behind them, personally, I’m happy to see Tour du Rwanda for the first time and I can’t wait for next year.”
The two routes; Karongi-Rusizi (115.9km) and Rusizi-Huye (140.7km) are characterized by hills, mountains, sharp corners where riders have to be careful so that they don’t crash. The riders have to brace for the rains and chilly weather as they go through Nyungwe forest.
Since becoming an International Cycling Union (UCI) certified race, Tour du Rwanda has produced a different winner each year.
In 2014, Ndayisenga became the first Rwandan rider to win the Tour since its inception on the UCI Africa calendar in 2009, and was dethroned by teammate, Nsengimana.
However, both riders have since joined professional teams—the former signing for South Africa’s Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka while the latter, joined Germany-based Stradalli-Bike Aid.
Riders rank Tour du Rwanda high on UCI-Africa Tour
By: PETER KAMASA
PUBLISHED: November 19, 2016
Some of the riders participating in Tour du Rwanda 2016
Some of the top riders competing in this year’s Tour du Rwanda have admitted that the international race is one of the most competitive on the UCI-Africa Tour, after La Tropicale Amissa Bongo.
The 8th edition of the annual category 2.2 road race started last Sunday and will reach its climax tomorrow after going through most parts of the country and covering a total distance of 819.1 kilometers.
The last two editions of the grueling week-long race saw Rwandan riders dominate the international event, but this year could be difficult as foreign riders want to make sure the title doesn’t stay in Rwanda for a third consecutive year.
The race overall leader, Valens Ndayisenga, winner of the 2014 edition, says; “Tour du Rwanda has become a really top level race and whoever wins deserves it because it’s a tough race and very hard to win.”
Tour du Rwanda, which became a UCI-Africa Tour race in 2009, is designed exclusively for cyclists competing at the international level, and it has had a different winner since the first edition.
Team Rwanda captain Nathan Byukusenge said; “Tour du Rwanda has helped Rwandan cycling to get known at the international level but it has also attracted many tourists to the country.”
“The race has moved from the initial local event to an international race, which is something good for our riders and our country,” added the 36-year-old rider, who plans to retire at the end of this year.
The prologue and stage four winner Timothy Rugg of Team LowestRates.ca from Canada says, “I am surprised by the atmosphere on the roads. There are so many people lining up the routes we pass.”
“There are many races in Europe or elsewhere, where there is no such organization and interest from the general public. I am proud to win here in Rwanda and able to win some stages,” noted the American, who is racing in Tour du Rwanda for the first time.
Canadian Guillaume Boivin, a former rider for Italian Cannondale Team before traveling to Israel this year for the Cycling Academy Cycling Team, went a step further than his rivals saying that Tour du Rwanda is probably the most competitive race on the continent.