In little more than 2 years this club has gone from riding bikes sourced from the scrap heap to becoming the strongest and most consistent junior team in Uganda, and the de facto National Youth and U23 squad, representing Uganda at East African UCI events, winning Team Bronze at the ANOCA zone youth games (Olympic Committees of Africa) and individually winning events such as Tour de Machakos in Kenya in 2019.
Achievements include right following:
- Medals at all UCI age group events entered in 2019
- Team Bronze at ANOCA ’19
- 1st & 2nd for John and Paul and 3rd for Mary at Tour de Machakos International event in Kenya in 2019 ( 15 1mC riders competed, before riding the 600km home !)
- 2nd Place for Mary and Paul, Jaqueline 5th at the Farmers’ Choice International Invitation race in Nairobi
- 1st Place Paul, 2nd Place Mary Great Rift Valley Challenge in Kenya
- Mary should have gone to the All African Games in Morocco in August 19, but as she did not have an original birth certificate, National ID was not obtained in time.
- Organising and winning every category at local races in Jinja and Kampala. Top 3 positions in every event entered in 2020.
- Ugandan Cycle Association – Kampala Road Race – 1st for Paul and Mary.
- Invited by Sierra Leone government to attend the Tour de Lunsar in April 2021
4 riders picked to represent Uganda at the African Continental Road Championships in Cairo 2nd-6th March 2021. So all now have passports.
Following these championships, the riders will have UCI ranking points; the first step on their way to a potential career in cycling! The perfect time for somebody to link to/sponsor theses riders for a run of good news stories / general media exposure. The opportunity for international travel and a chance to ‘achieve’ for these children is phenomenal, considering where they come from and what their prospects would usually be. The inspiration they are generating for the whole school cannot be underestimated. Though the government are now on board with representational funding, and Kampala Cycling Club will also support the riders; it is critical that these riders are able to exploit their upcoming opportunities and invitations, and this may require some funding support beyond 1mC’s present capabilities. To inspire future development of the club and younger riders it is also important to put independent funding streams in place.
At the same time as trying to provide for these ‘elite’ riders we still want to grow the club and expand the general cycling activities to provide transport, mechanical training and business opportunities for a much wider number of students. We see it being feasible, with investment, to build more of a cycling hub in the town of Jinja for the burgeoning road and MTB cycle tourism that has sprung up around what is the source of the river Nile ( Jinja is trying to fill some of the void left by the decimation of a truly World Class white water rafting community following the building of hydro plants).