It was a historical and joyous day among Rwamagana residents as the 3rd edition of Rwanda Cycling Cup 2019 dubbed ‘ Rwamagana circuit’ went to Eastern Province on Saturday 7th September 2019.
The race of which Cogebanque is a main sponsor kicked off at 9:30 with a moderate rain with laps covering 3km track in Rwamagana town.
The race attracted hundreds of Rwamagana residents from different walks coming to witness the race close to their doors.
Rwamagana is among districts where bicycles have a significant value in people’s daily lives as they are used for transport.
Spectators were of course excited with all riders’ competitiveness but drew a special attention to the very own local cycling team based Rwamagana, Les Amis Sportif sponsored by Cogebanque.
Eastern Province Governor, Fred Mfulukye; Rwamagana District mayor, Rajab Mbonyumuvunyi and Ferwacy President, Aimable Bayingana were also present from the beginning to the end of the race.
As riders made laps, Cogebanque mobilized residents to grab opportunities to own a dream home with Cogebanque Mortgage Loan, embrace digital products, Corporate and Small and Medium Enterprises products which were all, specially, formulated to meet client’s needs.
Cycling fans were also reminded to own homes with Cogebanque Mortgage Loan product offered for purchase or renovation of residential property given at an interest rate of 16%.
As the race came to an end, locals’ support paid off with the victory of Eric Muhoza from Les Amis Sportif emerging winner of the circuit in men junior’s category using 1h 4min 57seconds covering 36km followed by his teammate , Jean Bosco Hategekimana.
Genevieve Mukundente from Benediction Club won the race in women category while Moise Mugisha from Fly Clycing Club emerged winner in Men Elite&U23.
The excited Muhoza Eric said that the victory gave him courage to exercise more to keep up strong competitiveness.
Cogebanque also gave prizes to winners in men junior and elite categories.
After handing over awards to winners; Antoine Iyamuremye, Cogebanque Head of Marketing and Product Development said race was exciting with a big crowd and is very significant to the bank as it takes place in Rwamagana where Cogebanque sponsored team is based.
“The victory of a junior from sponsored team induces pride that our efforts are not futile and we hope it will grow more talented cyclists,” he said.
“We also take this opportunity to remind residents of our mortgage loan and digital banking platforms. Residents can open accounts through Cogebanque agents deployed in different suburbs of Rwamagana as a pathway to accessing our top-notch services, grow financially and realize their dreams,” added Iyamuremye.
Cogebanque sponsorship cuts across different disciplines that include Cycling, Cultural and other CSR activities regarded as strategic avenues for engaging with communities and build talent across the region.
Cogebanque is a major sponsor of local cycling competitions and Tour du Rwanda and sponsors the beauty pageantry after which the crowned Miss Rwanda becomes ambassador of the bank.