Bike shop comes to aid of Gambian cyclists
22 July 2002
The Gambia’s first competitors in Commonwealth Games road cycling, Mamudou Bah and Eliman Jammeh, arrived in Manchester with one major hurdle to climb – they had no bikes.
But thanks to their resourceful Manchester-based team assistant, Charles Jackson, a bike shop in nearby Preston came up trumps and arranged custom-built machines for the two competitors.
Gambia’s Chef de Mission, George Gomez, explained: “Bah and Jammeh felt their regular cycles were never going to be of a suitable competitive standard for the road race here. Bikes of this calibre are not readily available back home.”
The new cycles have been custom-built exactly to each athlete’s height and weight. Bah and Jammeh are now in a race against time to get used to them before their 188km Road Race at Rivington Pike on 3 August.
Before arriving in Manchester, Bah and Jammeh trained for the event by taking part in a 500km Cycling for Peace race across The Gambia in May.
Of their chances at the Manchester Commonwealth Games, Gomez said: “We hope they will do very well and we know they will be motivated by their new equipment.”