Kenyan team touch down for Cycle Classic without Kenyans

When you think Kenyan sport some of the world’s best runners might come to mind but the African nation is now having a crack at cycling. What’s usually a mode of transport is now becoming a profession for riders in the Kenyan’s Downunder team but there’s still a fair bit of developing to do, starting with actually getting them to events. All six riders of Kenyan descent in the team couldn’t get visas sorted for the New Zealand Cycle Classic so it’s just Australian and Kiwi riders for this event.

Source: 3 News

When you think Kenyan sport some of the world’s best runners might come to mind but the African nation is now having a crack at cycling. What’s usually a mode of transport is now becoming a profession for riders in the Kenyan’s Downunder team but there’s still a fair bit of developing to do, starting with actually getting them to events. All six riders of Kenyan descent in the team couldn’t get visas sorted for the New Zealand Cycle Classic so it’s just Australian and Kiwi riders for this event.

“Last year I got the opportunity to ride with a few of the guys when they were in Australia. I really enjoyed it and from that point on I was pretty much pushing to be involved in the team,” Kenya captain Nick Miller said.

Miller’s the captain for this event and says the culture of the Kenyan team was the big attraction. That’s due largely to the humble beginnings in which many of the Kenyan riders began cycling.

“A lot of the guys we’ve recruited use bikes for work whether that’s as a taxi or delivering goods around [like] wood or milk,” team member Stewart Crawley said. The Kenyan riders linked up with Australian Team Downunder as a way to enter the pro cycling circuit in Australia but their ambitions are far higher than that.

“The Kenyans want to ride the Tour de France as a team, not as one Kenyan in a team but as a whole African team,” Crawley said. That’s a lofty goal but Miller says it’s doable.

“I think by the end of this year a lot of those goals could be well within reach and that’s exciting, to be able to push on and grasp those; I’m looking forward to it,” Miller said. First things first for these Kiwi Kenyans though; mastering the Wairarapa in the New Zealand Cycle Classic.

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