Valentine Nzayisenga Rwanda
Valentine Nzayisenga became Rwanda’s national road champion in 2019 at just 19 years of age and achieved that after racing her bike for only one year.
She competed at the African Continental Championships with a top ten in the road race and raced at the UCI Road World Championships in 2021. Valentine joined CANYON//SRAM Generation last year and showed her consistent progression by winning a Gisaka Race in Rwanda at the end of the 2022 season. She started the new season with a silver medal in the ITT at the African Continental Championships.
Valentine says hard work and determination have been key to her achievements in cycling so far.
“I am happy to sign again with CANYON//SRAM Generation. I had a hard year where I learned a lot from many races. I sometimes missed home, but I managed it with my teammates and am happy with my season.
My aim for 2023 is simple: keep working hard.”
- 5th place elite, Il Liga Autonomica de Féminas
- 4th place U23, Il Liga Autonomica de Féminas
- 10th place elite, Trofeo Dulcinea
- 3rd place U23, Trofeo Dulcinea
- 8th place, African Continental Road Race Championships
- Silver medalist, African Continental Mixed TTT Championships
- Silver medalist, African Continental Women’s TTT Championships
- Rwandan National Road Champion
- 6th place, Rwandan National ITT Championships
- 5th place, African Continental Junior Road Race Championships
- Winner, African Continental Junior TTT Championships
- Silver medalist, Rwandan National Road Championships
CANYON//SRAM Generation is the development team for the World Tour Team and is part of CANYON//SRAM Racing’s long-term D&I program. This two-tier structure was the first for a European-based WorldTeam to create a formal pathway to the Women’s World Tour. Now in its second year, the team aims to help talented female athletes from diverse backgrounds reach the top of professional cycling and to help them break new ground for their future and the future of cycling. The roster of CANYON//SRAM Generation unites eight ambitious women from seven countries across four continents.