Want to be part of an adventure to assist an international Australian-Kiwi-Kenyan cycling team get to the Tour De France? My good friend, Nicholas, is the Founder and Honorary CEO of the Kenyan Riders Team Down Under. Nick spent 8 years in Kenya converting distance runners into road racing cyclists. His hypothesis was that the home of the world's best distance runners including Kip Keno and David Rudisha would also produce the world's best professional road cyclists one day. Kenyan Riders Downunder He initially had the idea of putting a 'black man' in the Tour De France, now that dream has become fielding a combined team of Aussies, Kiwis and Kenyans in the Tour De France. Hence Kenyan Riders Team Down Under was born in January 2016, a team with UCI Continental registration. The cyclists comprise 3 Australians, 3 New Zealanders, and 6 Kenyans. Amongst them is Jason Christie, the New Zealand road racing champion. The Kenyan Riders DownUnder (KRD) team has performed very well for newcomers to pro-cycling with a very small budget that raced in the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Victoria. Kenyan Riders Down Under photo with Cadel Evans (centre) Because they have performed so well in the Cadel Evans race, the team has now been offered 100k of quality bicycles and 50k of wheels (carbon fibre frames and wheels). Sponsors are jumping on board to sponsor this team.... My friend Nicholas, is looking for more sponsors or investors for this team - corporate, individual or philanthropic The narrative of VERY disadvantaged background but determined and talented Kenyan cyclists combining their climbing prowess and endurance with our Aussie / Kiwi gritty talent is a very compelling one....... Do you know of anyone who wants to get in on this ground floor opportunity? The team has a full schedule of races in Australia, Asia and Africa. Kenyan Riders Down Under (KRD) has a plan to reach the Tour de France in 2019. Professional teams like Sky, BMC (Cadel Evans Team), Lotto, Orica Green Edge have sat up and taken notice. Everybody is buzzing about the Kenyan Riders Down Under. Cadel Evans himself remarked on tv (Channel 7) on Sunday how Kenyan Riders Down Under was the smallest team in the race but was making the race international by making their presence felt. Competing against some of the world's best professional teams like Sky, BMC, Katusha, Orica Green Edge, Lotto-Soudal, Trek, Lotto NL-Jumbo, Dimension Data, Jason Christie achieved a very respectable 34th position in a field of 146 riders. Our man from Kenya, Suleiman Kangangi came in 75th and outlasted greats like world champion, Mark Cavendish, who did not finish the race, nor did Caleb Ewen. Morgan Smith, a Kiwi KRD rider was in the leadership breakaway group for 70 km. He was constantly seen on Channel 7 for a continuous 1.5 hour. Huge potential brand exposure. Morgan Smith, KRD, in the breakaway group A week later, KRD repeated that performance on the Jayco Herald Sun Tour with the top 3 KRD riders finishing in the top 50 - 23rd (Jason Christie), 31 (Nick Miller from AU) and 45th (Suleiman Kangangi). 2013 and 2015 Tour De France winner, Chris Froome won the tour. Herald Sun Tour 2016 publicity photo. 2013 and 2015 Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, in the middle. KRD's Suleiman Kangangi (from Kenya) on the far right And Kenyan Riders Down Under accomplished these feats whilst riding very ordinary bicycles. None of that SRAM, Campagnolo, Shimano that the other Pro Tour teams were riding. Imagine what they could accomplish with world class bicycles, racing gears and wheels! What's in it for potential naming sponsors. KRD has 4 unique selling points: A great human interest story Nicholas spent 8 years in Iten, a poor small town in the highlands of Western Kenya converting distance runners into road racing cyclists. KRD teams up young, talented Australian and New Zealand cyclists with some of the highest performing endurance athletes from Kenya Hungry for success - aggressive and sustained break-aways in the above events which resulted in a lot of on screen time and commentary from Phil Liggett (world's most famous cycling commentator) and Cadel Evans (2011 TDF champion). Sustained global visibility - KRD is the only UCI Continental Team in Africa, and is constantly being invited to major international tours and races that seek to increase diversity. Kenyan Riders Down Under (KRD) has a plan to reach the Tour de France in 2019. “Jason Christie rides for one of the smallest teams in the race, Kenyan Riders Down Under and this harks back to what you were talking about before, Cadel, with the teams that we see domestically in Australia. To see a team with riders from Kenya, New Zealand and Australia in the thick of the action, with 9 teams we see in the Tour de France, this also adds to the globalization of the sport. Not just the domestic scene.” - Matt Keenan “It certainly adds to the globalization. But also Kenya is not a country with a cycling culture, that's for sure. But also, they have an opportunity to come here and race against the pros. And all of a sudden, they take this opportunity and really run with it as we're seeing right here and now.” - Cadel Evans, 2011 Tour de France champion Commentary from the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2016 on Channel 7. Do you or anyone you know want this ground breaking opportunity to sponsor this talented team to the Tour De France?