On a recent trip to East Africa I documented the cycling scene in and around Uganda’s capital, Kampala. There are alimited number of those who ride to work in the city:
…and indeed those who ride for work – ferrying commuters on the backs of their heavy steel machines:
Further out ‘in the sticks’, however, bicycles are relied upon for both personal transport and to move goods for sale:
The sport of cycling is seeing some grassroots development in this part of Africa,most notably in neighbouring Rwanda but Uganda has it’s own cycling Association and sent a couple of riders to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the months after my visit. Cyclists here aren’t professional but race in local trade teams and have to hold down a day job. I saw many at their places of work.
I caught up with the team on a training day:
I’m still in touch with a couple of the guys and the future looks bright inthe longterm for racing in the country.
For a bit of fun I strapped a GoPro to my helmet and did a quick training session ona slick tyred MTB I borrowed. They trounced me on the hills!