Building strong individuals who care and give back to society globally
Building strong cyclists who understand how to win and make a difference
Building Leaders with the skills to attract sponsors and support to their teams.
Building iChampions who are Kinjah Ready to win at home and at the Tour de France
Hi, my name is Paul Sherwen, most of you know me as the voice of the Tour de France in the English Speaking world. What you might not know is that I grew up in Uganda and still alive there today. Africa is my home and bikes and cycling are in my blood.
As a Tour de France rider for 8 years, I learned what it takes to win and the power and support a team provides. Even a great team is not enough, teams in a grand tour cycling event must at times work together for the betterment of not only their team, but in support of the other riders and teams. With the success of Chris Froome, a Safari Simbaz winning the last 4 Tour de France's and the success of the Rwandan, African Rising Cycling Team, we have seen cycling as a sport growing across all of Africa. To support the great projects and riders who inspire to excel while helping their communities, we have created Paul's Peloton, with the goal of Leading Africa Forward through Cycling. In addition we want to inspire and empower responsible riders who are recognized as world class for their humanitarian efforts in addition to their bike skills. We also believe that it is this leadership that will help attract new sponsors and support for cycling globally and bring more corporate sponsors to investing and sponsoring cycling at all levels in Africa and globally.
15 years ago, my friend Pat Montani approached me with the idea of delivering containers of used bicycles to Africa to provide needed mobility for healthcare workers and students having to travel long distances to school. We founded Bicycles for Humanity and it quickly became a global grassroots movement of inspired volunteers and together we have delivered over 155,000 bikes, with over 45,000 bikes going to healthcare workers. Today, with no staff or overhead we have become the world leader and we have only started.
Empowering healthcare workers and helping students get to school was our main priority, but along the way, people started racing our donated bikes and entire youth cycling programs have grown in Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Uganda and Kenya around the bikes we shipped. There are many incredible African bicycle racing programs springing up, and cycling as a sport is growing at an incredible pace across all of Africa.
As a past pro cyclist, I understood hard work and determination, having twice missed the alloted time for a stage, but when the tour organizers saw my determination to finish, they allowed me to go on and race another day. A strong work ethic and determination is important, but helping others and giving back is equally important. Strong teams and the teams working together in the peloton win races and our goal in creating Paul's Peloton is to bring together all of the cycling world to help make a difference and develop young riders who not only show the cycling skills, but also the determination to help their communities, through helping deliver better education, healthcare an opportunity to all through the iEmpowerment , www.iempowerment.org a program we also founded, that builds iChampion leaders. Riders who can add value to the sport and to society are what every sponsor and advertiser of a cycling team wants. This is the foundation to our program, we may not be Tour de France ready to ride, but we are tour ready as humanitarians and need the time and support to help develop strong cycling and leadership skills across Africa. Learning how to ride and race a bike is the easy part, developing riders wit hteh skills to make a difference and bring new sponsorship and corporate support to your teams in the tough part, but the most important part.
Chris Froome might have won the Tour de France the last 4 years, but his mentor and first coach, David Kinjah founder of the Safari Simbaz , helped develop the heart of Lion in Chris. David is a world class bike racer, but he chose to stay home and develop young cyclists the world would be proud of. Paul and I are delighted to have Kinjay join us and together develop the Kinjah Ready program for all cyclists and those that want to make a difference. Kinjah Ready riders, coache's and teams are teh foundaiton to the iChampions network that wil lbenefit all globally.
Hopefully some day, we will see an all African team at the Tour de France. If all of us in the global cycling community pull together and join forces with the strong cycling leaders in Africa, we can make this happen. Kinjah Ready cyslists wil lalso work hard to help teams find and retain the sponsorhsip and corporate support all teams need from the Tour level teams right down to local community teams.
We invite everyone to join us and our team and together, lets build African cycling and cycling across the entire developing world, while giving our profesional teams a new way to attract corporate sponsors and be proud to join cycling as a way to do good and get their message out to the world.