Secrets From The Saddle: All things Cycling PODCAST
177. TOUR OF LUNSAR, Sierra Leone Africa: 2022 Cycling Event Series
January 17, 2022
In this episode, you will learn about: How one young man with a passion was able to create one of the largest most successful Cycling Events in Sierra Leone, Africa. Prepare to be inspired.

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Meet Abdul Karim Kamara aka Stylish" is my nickname, I'm 29- years-old born in Kabala northern part of Sierra Leone. Presently I'm leaving in Lunsar where I work for the Village Bicycle Project and run the Tour de Lunsar which is one of the biggest cycling race in west Africa. 

My biggest passion project, is my racing team, Lunsar Cycling Team and Tour de Lunsar. The club has around 40 members, the largest of any club in Sierra Leone, and a thriving women's team – something almost entirely missing from other clubs in the country. Many of the riders – the majority of whom are in their late-teens – work for me in my bike shop, with the small amount they earn going towards supporting their families.

I always cover the costs of training out of my own pocket, supplying riders with racing bikes at knock-down prices, as well as providing meals for them after training sessions. Every year, I put on a bike race around Lunsar – the "Tour de Lunsar" – which attracts thousands of spectators. For last year the top prize is LE, 15,000,000 ($1500), which he secures through sponsorship from Science In Sport (SIS) which is one of the biggest sport nutrition companies in the world. It's been a long journey to this point.

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