Lunsar Cycling Team are a group of cyclists from a mining town in northern Sierra Leone. Among their number they count the women's national road champion, as well as the riders who placed third, fourth and fifth in the men's championship race. For "a town that nobody stops in", with just 30,000 inhabitants, they are punching pretty high.
How we came to be involved with Lunsar is a story of coincidence and serendipity. One of our club founders went to Sierra Leone earlier this year to take part in the West Africa Cycle Challenge and there met Lunsar CT's founder, Abdul Karim Kamara.
Karim is a guy who lives and breathes bikes. As well as running a shop in Lunsar, he is the country manager for a charity called Village Bicycle Project – which distributes free second-hand bikes sent from the USA to people from Sierra Leone. And he can change a flat tube in under three minutes.
Karim asked if the BBBC would like to be involved with LTC, and we of course said yes instantly. Having not much with us at that time, bar a few bottles, we duly handed them over, with the promise of more support to come. Karim told us they needed gloves, because riding on West African roads can take its toll on your mitts. We're in the process of getting together a set of gloves to send out to Karim and the team.
If you want to support us supporting Lunsar, you can grab yourself a water bottle in our shop. For every one we sell we'll donate another to LCT.
Check out some photos from Karim's shop in Lunsar, shot by Catherine Elgonaid.