July 18, 2024

Kinjah urges cycling federation to put house in order

Kinjah urges cycling federation to put house in order
Cyclists during the Teule classic

Kinjah urges cycling federation to put house in order

Ten time Kenya cycling champion David Kinjah is by far one of the finest cyclist in Kenya. Kinja captained the Kenyan Cycling Team to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in his last appearance on national duty.

He has participated in the 2001 Crocodile Trophy in Australia, Willingen Bike Marathon in Germany in 2003 and the Cape Epic in South Africa where he finished  tenth overall in 2004 and 2005.

The retired cyclist now runs a training camp called Safari Simbaz in Nairobi’s Kikuyu area seeking to help young talents take cycling serious and probably as profession in Kenya.

He is however not so impressed with the Kenya cycling federation whom he terms as not concerned with nurturing talents.

“Having been to several international races both as an individual or representing the country, I am so proud of what I have achieved. Despite the challenges and neglect from the government and federation, the sense of honor and dignity can never go away. Cycling is the best thing that I have known.” Says the veteran.

“I have taken it upon myself to help young boys be it orphans, schools drop outs and others with challenges by giving them a second chance in life. There are other Kenyans with passion to ride by no means. Those are the Kenyans we target.” He said.

During the second edition of the Teule 100 cycling classic last weekend in Emali, Kinjah registered two teams from his camp, Sossi Simbaz for elite runners and DHL juniors with the aim of exposing and helping them get the taste of different races.

He talked of how one of Kenyan greatest cyclist Chris Froome failed to represent the country at the greatest stage due poor management from concerned parties.

“Froome the now Great Britain rider was one of my trainees, he was such a great talent, and unfortunately the federation could not hold to one of the best cyclers in the world.” He said.

“It was bitter to see him go, the kid had a Kenyan mother and British Dad, when a great offer came from GB, the little boy could not turn it down, he needed to better his career something Kenya was not willing to give, by so doing we lost one of the hottest properties in world cycling.” He added.

The team sky member has gone all the way to win the Tour de France an honour Kinjah believes should have been for Kenya.

“Cycling is not hard, one needs a lot of training and hard work and experience, there is need for Kenyans, the government, federation and even the press to work in raising the standards  of the sport in the country. That way we can produce great world beaters in future.” He adds.

 To Kinjah,  Lance Armstrong will  always be the greatest cycler the  world has seen, this is regardless of the recent doping claims which saw him stripped his honours.

“He was a hard working cyclist, his work rate, desire to win and encouragement to many was his strong point. To be honest he inspired many to follow his footsteps. He was and will be my role model.” Adds Kinjah