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

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Hailed as “the sports book of the year,” Land of Second Chances is the astonishing true story of four men determined to rebuild the hopes of a broken nation. Meet Adrien Niyonshuti, Tom Ritchey, Jonathan Boyer, and Paul Kagame. In a land desperate for heroes, they confront impossible odds as they struggle to put an upstart cycling team on the map—and find redemption in the eyes of the world.

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 searching for heroes who can help it forge a new identity.

“Hero” is a heavy burden to lay on the slim shoulders of Adrien Niyonshuti, who was only seven years old during the genocide. Yet Rwandas best young cyclist is obsessed with earning a slot to compete in the London Olympic 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 Rwanda mirror his own personal struggle. Tom Ritchey is 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 brings to Africa. 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.

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.

Synopsis:

Hailed as "the sports book of the year," Land of Second Chances is the inspiring true story of four men who found a new hope for Rwanda. Meet Adrien Niyonshuti, Tom Ritchey, Jonathan Boyer, and Paul Kagame. In a land clamoring for heroes, they confront impossible odds as they struggle to put an upstart cycling team on the map--and find redemption in the eyes of the world. Land of Second Chances is an inspirational story of hope and victory for Africa.

Though Rwanda is a tiny, landlocked country dropped like a pebble on the equator, it is a lush and beautiful land fertile with hope and searching for a new identity. So when its best young bike racer, Adrien Niyonshuti, becomes obsessed with earning a slot to compete in the London Olympic Games, all eyes turn to him. Supporting Adrien is his coach, Jonathan Boyer, the first American to race in the Tour de France.

Also present: Tom Ritchey, an inventor of the mountain bike who comes to Rwanda with money and a vision to help coffee farmers raise their standard of living with a new breed of bike. 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.

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.

Synopsis:

RECONCILIATION.

REDEMPTION.

A NEW PLACE IN THE WORLD.

Two decades after the bloody genocide that tore Rwanda apart, this tiny African nation remains haunted by its dark past. Yet modern Rwanda, a 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 a heavy burden to lay on the slim shoulders of Adrien Niyonshuti, who lost six members of his family to the genocide when he was seven years old. But the young cyclist now carries the weight of his countrys expectations as he competes for a slot at the London Olympics. Supporting Adrien is his coach, Jonathan Boyer, the first American to race in the Tour de France and a controversial figure whose plans for a reborn Rwanda may lie second to his own need for a new start.

Also present: Tom Ritchey, a mountain bike pioneer who comes to Rwanda with a vision but who is bedeviled by a personal crisis that threatens to undo his good work. And President Paul Kagame, piecing together an egalitarian future for his country but all too susceptible to the corruption of power.

Startling, humorous, sobering, enchanting—Land of Second Chances is a brilliantly told chronicle of struggle, hope, and difficult moral choices for a country in search of the life-giving promise of redemption.

About the Author

Tim Lewis is a writer for Observer magazine and former editor of Observer Sports Monthly (Britains most prestigious sports magazine). He was deputy editor of Esquire UK. He writes regularly on cycling for The Guardian and The Observer and is a contributing editor to GQ magazine.

Table of Contents

Prologue / A Long Ride

 

1  Amagare

2  One Hundred Days

3  The Dot Connector

4  Coach

5  The Five

6  Ikinamico

7  Black Magic

8  Boys on Tour

9  The Most Famous Rwandan

10  A Good Machine

11  Spare Parts

12  Africanisation

13  The Race

Product Details

ISBN:
9781937715205
Author:
Lewis, Tim
Publisher:
VeloPress
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Bicycling General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color photosection
Pages:
276
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 1 lb

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Travel » Travel Writing » General

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"Synopsis" by , Hailed as "the sports book of the year," Land of Second Chances is the inspiring true story of four men who found a new hope for Rwanda. Meet Adrien Niyonshuti, Tom Ritchey, Jonathan Boyer, and Paul Kagame. In a land clamoring for heroes, they confront impossible odds as they struggle to put an upstart cycling team on the map--and find redemption in the eyes of the world. Land of Second Chances is an inspirational story of hope and victory for Africa.

Though Rwanda is a tiny, landlocked country dropped like a pebble on the equator, it is a lush and beautiful land fertile with hope and searching for a new identity. So when its best young bike racer, Adrien Niyonshuti, becomes obsessed with earning a slot to compete in the London Olympic Games, all eyes turn to him. Supporting Adrien is his coach, Jonathan Boyer, the first American to race in the Tour de France.

Also present: Tom Ritchey, an inventor of the mountain bike who comes to Rwanda with money and a vision to help coffee farmers raise their standard of living with a new breed of bike. 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.

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.

"Synopsis" by ,
RECONCILIATION.

REDEMPTION.

A NEW PLACE IN THE WORLD.

Two decades after the bloody genocide that tore Rwanda apart, this tiny African nation remains haunted by its dark past. Yet modern Rwanda, a 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 a heavy burden to lay on the slim shoulders of Adrien Niyonshuti, who lost six members of his family to the genocide when he was seven years old. But the young cyclist now carries the weight of his countrys expectations as he competes for a slot at the London Olympics. Supporting Adrien is his coach, Jonathan Boyer, the first American to race in the Tour de France and a controversial figure whose plans for a reborn Rwanda may lie second to his own need for a new start.

Also present: Tom Ritchey, a mountain bike pioneer who comes to Rwanda with a vision but who is bedeviled by a personal crisis that threatens to undo his good work. And President Paul Kagame, piecing together an egalitarian future for his country but all too susceptible to the corruption of power.

Startling, humorous, sobering, enchanting—Land of Second Chances is a brilliantly told chronicle of struggle, hope, and difficult moral choices for a country in search of the life-giving promise of redemption.

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