Adrien discovered his love for cycling after taking part in the Tour of Rwanda as an amateur. He was 16 years old and borrowed an old bicycle from a relative and finished the race in third place with minimal training which led to him falling in love with the sport.
In 2012, Adrien realised his dream of racing in the Olympic Games. He was the flag bearer for Rwanda at the opening ceremony and finished the Mountain Bike cross country race, becoming the first black athlete to do so. 2013 proved more frustrating for the Rwandan when he was diagnosed with DVT in the beginning of the year which forced him out of competition for the majority if the season, forcing him to watch the team’s success from the sidelines.
He is now back to his best and has a great future in stage racing. He is a good climber who only gets going after five hours of racing. He has completed the ABSA Cape Epic six times.
I love the National Championships as I’ve won it three years in a row now.
What has been your best moment on bike?
Achieving my dream of riding in the London Olympics in 2012. I’ve also enjoyed the Tour de Langkawi.
Who has had the most influence on your cycling career and why?
Our team coach Dr Carol Austin. She’s given me a good program and taught me how to train like a professional and be in good condition.
Rider you most admire and why?
When I started mountain biking I wanted to be like the late Burry Stander and Kevin Evans. They are the best MTB riders in SA and the world. I’d like to get to Chris Froome’s level. He is from Africa and to achieve what he has is possible. He is an inspiration.
If you were not in professional cycling, what would you be doing right now?
I really like running and soccer. I would have liked to be a professional in either sport.
What’s your relationship status?
Facebook or Twitter?
Both but I really like Facebook.
Any other secret talents besides cycling?
I think I am good at mentoring younger riders. I really enjoy teaching people what I’ve learnt so far.
2013 4º in Stage 7 Tour de Rwanda, Kigali (Kigali), Rwanda
2013 9º in General Classification Tour de Rwanda, Rwanda
2012 1º in National Championship, Road, Elite, Rwanda, Kigali (RWA)
2012 3º in African Championship, Mountainbike, Elite
2012 3º in Prologue Tour de Rwanda, Kigali (RWA)
2012 9º in African Championship, Road, ITT, Elite, Ouagadougou
2012 9º in General Classification Tour de Rwanda (RWA)
2012 10º in African Championship, Road, Ouagadougou
2011 1º in Tour de Kigali (RWA)
2011 2º in Stage 2 Tour de Rwanda, Rwamagana (RWA)
2011 3º in Stage 3 Tour de Rwanda, Kigali (RWA)
2011 4º in Stage 1 Tour de Rwanda, Ruvamagana (RWA)
2011 5º in General Classification Kwita Izina (RWA)
2011 6º in General Classification Tour de Rwanda (RWA)
2011 9º in African Championship, Road, ITT, Elite, Asmara
2010 1º in National Championship, Road, Elite, Rwanda, Kigali (RWA)
2010 1º in Tour de Kigali (RWA)
2010 3º in Stage 4 Tour de Rwanda, Gisenyi (RWA)
2010 4º in Stage 9 Tour de Rwanda, Kigali (RWA)
2010 4º in African Championship, Road, ITT, Elite
2010 5º in Stage 1 Tour de Rwanda, Kigali (RWA)
2010 8º in African Championship, Road
2010 8º in General Classification Tour de Rwanda (RWA)