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Persistence pays off, and no one knows this better than the riders of Team Amani .
After an arduous process to get US visas, four East African riders — three from Kenya and one from Uganda — are now on American soil, poised to line up at the Leadville Trail 100 and SBT GRVL this weekend.
Team captain Sule Kangangi will take on the LeadBoat Challenge (racing the Leadville 100 and SBT GRVL back-to-back), while Nancy Akinyi, John Kariuki, and Jordan Schleck will all race SBT GRVL on Sunday. Sule Kangangi (Photo: @saltlake_lian) Team Amani was founded in the wake of the inaugural Migration Gravel Race last summer, an experiment meant to give East African riders a chance to race international talent on the African continent.
The race was a huge success, elevating the status of a dozen East African riders who had previously struggled for opportunity and the resources to race internationally.
Since the first Migration Gravel Race in June of 2021, a second edition was held this summer and an additional stage race — Evolution Gravel — debuted in Tanzania, as well. Nancy Akinyi (Photo: @saltlake_lian) For the Amani Project, the umbrella group that puts on the stage races and supports the race team, bringing riders to the birthplace of gravel racing was a goal that piggybacked on the vision of giving riders opportunities […]