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Riding for a Brighter Future: Ugandan orphans take on the UCI Cycling World Championships

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Riding for a Brighter Future: Ugandan orphans take on the UCI Cycling World Championships

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August 3rd, 2023

In the world of cycling, the UCI Cycling World Championships is an event that attracts the best riders from across the globe, all vying for success on the grand stage.

But this year’s championships will be particularly remarkable, as it marks a significant milestone for two young adults from Uganda – Paul Lomuria and Lorot Laurence. These two extraordinary individuals, who hail from the streets of Jinja, have overcome incredible challenges and secured their place in the prestigious event.

This blog post will shed light on their inspiring journey and the pivotal role played by the charitable organisation 1moreChild and how we as partners at Ride25 are supporting these talented athletes.

Cycling Dreams Take Flight

Paul Lomuria and Lorot Laurence, two talented cyclists from Uganda, are set to participate in the UCI Cycling World Championships. For them, this event represents not only a chance to compete at the highest level of cycling but also an opportunity to shine a light on their remarkable journey.

Overcoming Adversity

Both Paul and Laurence have had to face numerous obstacles on their path to success.

Hailing from a disadvantaged background, they encountered limited resources, a lack of traditional training facilities, and financial constraints. However, their unwavering passion for cycling and the support of 1moreChild have enabled them to break through these barriers and pursue their dreams.

Ugandan UCI World Champs Team 2023

The Role of 1moreChild

1moreChild, a small charity based in Jinja, Uganda, has played a crucial role in the lives of these young athletes. The organisation’s mission is to support vulnerable children by providing them with essential resources, such as food, shelter, clothing, medical care, and access to education.

By creating a nurturing environment, 1moreChild and its sponsors have helped empower children to overcome adversity and reach their full potential.

Ride25: Cycling for a Cause

Supporting 1moreChild’s mission, Ride25 has been a driving force in enabling Paul and Laurence to represent their country on the global stage of cycling.

Here at Ride25, we organise various fundraisers throughout the year. The funds raised by these events are vital for sustaining 1moreChild’s operations and facilitating the dreams of young talents like Paul and Laurence.

Empowering Dreams with Every Pedal Stroke

The partnership between Ride25 and 1moreChild has been instrumental in providing resources and support to nurture the cycling aspirations of Paul and Laurence. It’s a testimony to the impact that organisations like 1moreChild and Ride25 can have on transforming lives through the power of sport and dedication.

1moreChild Cycling Team


A Platform for Inspiration

As Paul and Laurence gear up for the UCI Cycling World Championships, the event is not just a stage for showcasing their incredible talents but also an opportunity to raise awareness about 1moreChild’s mission. The organisation’s vision of empowering vulnerable children aligns perfectly with Ride25’s commitment to using cycling as a catalyst for positive change.

Words of Encouragement

Rob Hamilton expressed immense pride in witnessing Paul and Laurence represent Uganda on the international stage. Their journey embodies the spirit of determination and resilience that Ride25 stands for. With 1moreChild and Ride25 working hand in hand, they are dedicated to creating opportunities for talented young individuals and empowering them to achieve greatness.

A Bright Future Ahead

John Readman, Ride25 founder and patron from 1moreChild, wants to thank all the sponsors for their unwavering support in empowering vulnerable children in Jinja, Uganda. The success story of Paul and Laurence is a testament to the transformative power of sports, demonstrating the potential within every child to achieve greatness, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Making a Difference, One Mile at a Time

Since its inception in 2010 , we have raised an impressive £1.5 million, with a target of £4 million. The support from sponsors like  Orega, Sigma Sports, Modo25, ASK BOSCO, Gressingham, Seko, Love Ventures, Crowdcube, Grubby and Oaro, (plus many more) … has been instrumental in making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children like Paul and Laurence.  A special thanks and mention must go to Andy Helme a Ride25 Pioneer who has been providing remote coaching, which clearly has had a huge impact.  Well done and thank you Andy 😎.

The UCI Cycling World Championships is about much more than just racing bikes.

For Paul Lomuria and Lorot Laurence, it represents the realisation of their dreams and a beacon of hope for underprivileged children around the world.

Their journey is a testament to the power of passion, determination, and the incredible impact of organizations like 1moreChild and Ride25. As they embark on this historic journey, they carry with them the aspirations of a brighter future, both for themselves and for vulnerable children everywhere.

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