Book: Land of Second Chances

Have you seen the movie about the alcoholic has-been who coaches a team of unmotivated rejects to near victory at the championship game?

I’m reading the True Life sequel. Land of Second Chances: The Impossible Rise of Rwanda’s Cycling Team is a remarkable look at 21st Century cycling in Rwanda.


Book: Land of Second Chances

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The Underdogs of Tour de Faso

Benin's team arrives in the Miracle of God for the big show after traveling over a thousand kilometers with little rest
Benin's team arrives in the Miracle of God for the big show after traveling over a thousand kilometers with little rest
Christoph Herby of Quiet Griot shares a new post on CyclingNews.com’s “Cycling in Benin” blog about Benin’s National Team and the Tour de Faso.

Herby begins: “It was a long, bumpy road to Ouagadougou, Africa’s best-named capital and ground zero for the Tour de Faso. We loaded into the rickety minivan that’s transported the Benin team to races for over a decade. Owned by a former cyclist, the ‘Miracle de Dieu’ has transported the Benin team to races for over a decade and has become a fixture on the West African racing scene.” Read the full story here.

Cycling in Benin: Donation Drive for Benin National Team

The Benin National Team have a knack for piecing together road bikes from miscellaneous components. Photo credit: Christoph Herby
Our favorite former pro racer turned Peace Corps Volunteer and CyclingNews.com blogger, Christoph Herby, has stirred up tremendous interest in supporting the Benin National Team with his recent “Cycling in Benin” posts. His most recent post is “Dreaming of the Champs Elysées.” Continue reading Cycling in Benin: Donation Drive for Benin National Team

Bicycle Ambulance Project

When you have 18th century infrastructure, what’s better to use than 19th century transportation technology?

The Bicycle Ambulance Project by the Bicycle Empowerment Network in Namibia produces bicycle-pulled ambulances for use by HIV/AIDS Home Based Care (HBC) workers, HIV/AIDS self help projects, communities, clinics, and hospitals in rural Namibia.

The bicycle ambulance has wide tyres, a removable and adjustable stretcher, a handle for pulling by bicycle or hand, and a sun shade.

For details and photos, visit Community Bike Cart Design. Via Rad Spannerei.