The Union des Cyclistes de Guinee was formed to inspire young men and women to strive to be the best they can be; to inspire youth to look into the future and develop skills vital to success in business, education, and daily life. The founding members are all current or former professional cyclists who have competed internationally with the Federation des Cyclistes Mondiale. They have a deep understanding of how cycling can positively affect lives, and all have volunteered their time, energy, and skills to the development of a new generation of Guinean cyclists who may follow them into competitive professional cycling and beyond.
Based in Conakry, Guinea, the Club organizes training rides, races, and social events meant to motivate youth to step into their potential as contributing members of society. Youth members are recruited through a written application and tryouts. and are placed in C, B, or A groups based upon performance. No one is refused entry to the Club. However, once a member, each individual is held to high standards of behavior within the Club, and all are expected to attend training rides and Club meetings.
The Club is building relationships with clubs in Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Mali, Madagascar and other West African nations.
Goals are to develop champion cyclists who race in the Olympics and the Tour de France in addition to major regional races; to inspire young people to grow into lifelong contributors to the sport and to their communities; to provide funding for riders to participate in traveling teams; and finally, at the most basic level, to provide each rider with a full complement of equipment and uniforms. Membership goal us 200 riders, male and female.
Thierno Souleymane Diallo started riding bicycles in the streets of Labe and Conakry when he was five years old. At 15 he entered competitive cycling, racing for the Guinean National Cycling Team in the West Africa region. He has cycled throughout Europe and the United States. Thierno was inspired to volunteer to build the Union des Cyclistes as a way to contribute to the strengthening of Guinean society. Thierno has a deep interest in helping young people to find their way in life through education, training, and discipline. He is the President of Sharing Life L3C, an organization whose mission is to build and operate auto repair facilities and training centers dedicated to providing youth with hope, training, and marketable job skills that foster independence and financial security.
Gnankoye Laua has been a champion competitive cyclist for over 20 years, representing the Guinean National Team in races throughout West Africa. "I have loved cycling forever...since the first time that I understood how good it was for me...I want the best for Africa. I am bringing my experience and knowledge of cycling to the Club and will do whatever it takes to have the Club represented throughout the world. This Club represents hope and the future for me."
Mamadou Alpha Doumbauya has been a competitive cyclist for more than 12 years, and is inspired to reignite club cycling in Guinea. He is interested in promoting young talent and in seeing the Club prosper. His personal goal is to become a champion cyclist, representing the Union des Cyclistes de Guinee. "I will do all that I can to motivate the team and support all of the members of our Club."
Mamadou Djouma Kante has been riding since he was very young, renting a bicycle before ever dreaming of owning one! He was inspired by Lance Armstrong to ride competitively for six years as a member of the Guinean National Team. "I can contribute to the Club through being the Club mechanic as well as a rider."
& FOUNDING MEMBERS
"The future of Guinea lies with young men and women who are educated, well-trained and disciplined leaders who can think strategically and who will be relentless in their pursuit of success, their communities, and their personal lives. Team cycling teaches all of these qualities."---Thierno Diallo, Founder
Our vision is to recruit and teach young Guinean men and women to become inspired leaders through the skills they learn while training with the Union des Cyclistes de Guinee.