From Rwanda to London, with a Bicycle: Ten years ago, when Adrien Niyonshuti was fifteen,
Ten years ago, when he was fifteen, he entered a single-speed bike race in his hometown of Rwamagana, and won. His trophy was a radio, but his real prize was the discovery of an all-consuming passion for cycling, and five years ago, when the American cyclist Jock Boyer came to Rwanda to train a bike team, Adrien was in the first draft. … Yesterday he flew from Switzerland, where he had been training, to London, where he will carry the Rwandan flag into the Olympic stadium at tonight’s opening ceremony.
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Photograph by Dominic Nahr/Magnum.