Kevin Benza keeps smiling despite a setback.
A flat tire just as he was ready to start training.
I came here to train with my friends.
So that you know Ill be ready when they announce the competition.
The 16 year old dreams of becoming a cycling champion as well as a computer engineer.
He says he will return with the new tire and renewed determination to befriend the pain of a tough workout.
The pain you feel today will transform into joy,once you have to climb those mountains and feel they are not that difficult to climb anymore.
Kevin belongs to La Swiss,one of a handful of cycling clubs in the DRCs capital and part of the Kinshasa provincial cyclist leagues.
Its members are enthusiastic despite limited resources.
We have no means, not even to buy a 10 to 15 dollar wheel.
We have become beggars because our federation and our league are not taking care of us.
Club members typically dont have the means to buy equipment.
Instead it is the club presidents who often are the owners who cover the cost.
La Swisss Zezaki Toko leads a team of 12 riders, seven women and five men,who are part of a tight Congolese community devoted to cycling.
People do want cycling, the problem is the system doesnt work.
We would like to emulate other countries where the bicycle world is well structured.
Cycling is hard, harder than soccer, no half time, no rest, if you stop, youre disqualified for quitting.
Matisse Sumbu has been training Congos national cycling team for more than 20 years.
He says Congolese cyclists have performed well in the past,but are now being eclipsed by writers from other African countries,such as Eritrea and Rwanda that better support their teams.
For the national team, we need everything.
We can go out there for 125 miles.
It is necessary to have a motorcycle in their car to follow with the technical director and the mechanic.
Because with cycling, the technical breakdowns and falls,you really need to have support by your side.
A competition bike alone costs nearly twelve thousand dollars,and the clubs dont seek business sponsors.
Still coach Matisse gathers his riders to work on speed and endurance,with the hope that the DRC ministry of sports might back his cyclists for pan-African races.
Anastasi Tudesch for voa news Kinshasa