BYUKUSENGE Nathan < Back  
Sport Cycling - Road, Mountain Bike
CGA Rwanda   
Gender Male
Born 08 Aug 1980
Height1.73 m
Weight 58 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Diane Uwineza, son Alex
Occupation Athlete
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began cycling in 2005.
Why this sport? He was inspired to become a professional cyclist when he watched the Tour de France on television.
Club / Team Benediction Club:
Name of coach Sterling Magnel [national], USA
Coach from which country? United States
Training Regime He trained at 2000 metres altitude in the northern Musanze district of Rwanda. Training sessions were four hours each day at the 6.5km track, and he refined technical skills including jump and bike handling.
General Interest
Hobbies Cooking. (teamrwandacycling.org, 28 Nov 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement He has also competed in road cycling. (newtimes.co.rw, 07 Aug 2015)
Hero / Idol Swiss cyclist Thomas Frischknecht. (cyclingnews.com, 02 Sep 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "I am cycling to make my future, to prepare, to fix my problem in my home, to make my house, for my life. I am cycling for my life. For my family.'' (rnw.nl, 30 Apr 2012)
Other sports He races in road cycling and mountain biking. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Apr 2014)
Famous relatives His younger brother Patrick is also a cyclist, and has ridden for the Rwandan national team. His wife Diane Uwineza was a cyclist. (newtimes.co.rw, 07 Feb 2014; newtimes.co.rw, 07 Jan 2014)
Ambitions After his cycling career he wants to become a coach or chef for a cycling team. (theguardian.com, 15 Nov 2013)
Other information INSPIRATION
He was motivated and inspired by Swiss rider Thomas Frischknecht who had a long professional career, so he decided to compete in mountain bike, ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "He is still very strong and a great mountain bike cyclist. Because I am older, I see I can have a future in the sport like Thomas. I rode his old World Cup bike at the Cape Epic in 2012." (cyclingnews.com, 02 Sep 2015)

TRAGEDY
His father was killed during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. When the attackers arrived, he was out collecting water and he managed to hide in a bush to survive. "I saw them kill with long knives and clubs. I hid in the bush. In the evening I returned to the house, but it was empty. Some family friends gave me food and I stayed in the bush because I was afraid they were killing people. Five or six days later, the army came and the killings stopped. I found my family who had taken refuge with friends.'' (rtl.be, 27 Apr 2012)

HOUSE
He built his own house with the money he earned riding for Team Rwanda. (teamrwandacycling.org, 28 Nov 2013)