Land of Second Chances: The Impossible Rise of Rwanda's Cycling Team ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Lewis Tim

Land of Second Chances: The Impossible Rise of Rwanda's Cycling Team

VeloPress
Publication date: September 2013
ISBN: 9781937716479
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Nearly two decades after the 1994 genocide that tore the country apart, the African nation of Rwanda remains haunted by its dark past. Yet modern Rwanda, a tiny, landlocked country dropped like a pebble on the equator, is a lush and beautiful land fertile with hope and desperate for heroes who can help it forge a new identity.

"Hero" is heavy burden to lay on the slim shoulders of Adrien Niyonshuti, who was only seven years old during the genocide. Yet the young cyclist is obsessed with an Olympic dream that might carry him all the way to the London Games. Supporting Adrien is his coach Jonathan Boyer, the first American to race in the Tour de France and a controversial figure whose hopes for a reborn Rwanda mirror his own personal struggle.

Also present: Tom Ritchey, an inventor of the mountain bike who comes to Rwanda with money and a vision, but who bears the weight of a personal crisis that threatens to undo the good he strives to create. And there is Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda, a man piecing together an egalitarian future for his country but who is all too susceptible to the corruption of power.

The Land of Second Chances is the incredible true story of struggle, hope, and the life-giving promise of redemption through the unifying power of sport.

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