cycling africa

Cyclists lead the Africa Liberation Day rally at Rookery Road in Handsworth in 1977. In those days, Vanley Burke once told the Guardian, such events were not covered in the press. “The only way black people got into the news,” he said, “was if they committed a crime.” From The Guardian’s look at Burke’s work covering black street protests in 70s and 80s.

Cyclists hang on to the back of a truck outside the capital city of Bujumbura, as Burundi awaits next week’s presidential elections. Each day scores of cyclists make the 49-kilometer downhill journey at breakneck speed from Bugarama to sell bananas, often hanging from the back of trucks for the return uphill trip. The Mike Hutchings image was published in The Atlantic’s Photos of the Week.


Daniel Teklehaimanot, Eritrean cyclist, is the first African to win the Mountains classification in the Tour de France. Teklehaimanot, born near Asmara, has been cycling ever since he was young in Eritrea, where it is popular. He started cycling when he was 10 or 11, and in his mid-teens began watching the Tour de France on TV, dreaming that he could one day be apart of it. Teklehaimanot’s dream has come true.