Tour l’Espoir au Cameroon 2017. That was a high energy, highly charged time. We were on the way up, pushing our limits and pulling together to make our tactics comprehensive within the team. Then that qualified us for the 2018 Tour du l’Avenir which was a dose of reality that knocked us all back quite a bit. Coupled with that and the beating we received at the 2018 Innsbruck UCI World Championships left us all feeling like we needed something we didn’t have in order to compete with the world. That’s a problem I still haven’t solved yet. Trying to weigh wether the goal for us is to dominate Africa, send soldiers out to climb up the ranks of the European peloton, or to recalibrate and just focus on the home front for a few years. The things each of those goals require are different. But the funding, equipment and programs I would need to accomplish any of these ambitions are not dissimilar. Anything is possible I believe, but someone still has to pay for it. For now my next focus is Tour du Rwanda UCI 2.1 2020. I’m going at it with as specific and detailed of program as I’ve ever tried to implement, doing everything I can think of to move the needle even half a percent. I’m hoping that the details add up to the marginal gains everyone always talks about and gets us on the podium even if we can’t yet win the race outright in its newer iteration of UCI 2.1 ranking. Nothing would make me happier than to have a squad that can surprise some people in our home race come February.