Introducing Karim: West Africa Cycle Challenge team mechanic
Karim is core to the West Africa Cycle Challenge: without him we would, quite simply, fail. He designed parts of the West Africa Cycle Challenge route, spending days exploring the rural back-roads of Sierra Leone – he's our human compass! The bikes we use are specifically selected by Karim to be best suited to the route and terrain.
Karim knows bikes back to front. He learnt how to repair bicycles in Freetown, earning enough money to fund his education. Later, after moving to Lunsar, he opened a small bike repair shop where he taught community members how to cycle. His ambition to grow the cycling culture in Sierra Leone has led him to develop bike training programmes for health care professionals, school children and farmers.
Karim is both a whiz mechanic (known locally as the best bike repair man) and an incredibly skilled guy on two wheels: his moves on unicycles and bicycles bring a smile to everyone’s faces.
Karim's drive to change his and others’ lives through cycling is incredible: working with a local cycling organisation he has taught over 2,500 girls to ride bikes and has taught bicycle repair skills to over 100 new bike mechanics! He’s constantly looking to deliver more and support more budding cyclists throughout Sierra Leone. Quite frankly, he’s our cycling hero!