Andrew Walter and his fellow cyclists believe that if they’re given the support they envisage they will ride across the globe pedaling with passion and hope without breaking a sweat.
It was in the morning. A new week was just starting and everyone was ready for work but the choked traffic along Abuja-Keffi road slowed the adrenaline rush. Then we saw some boys in their colorful kits unloading bicycles from a car to beat the traffic.
With smiles on their faces, they couldn’t wait to ride. It was a beautiful thing to just watch. But their passion drew us closer and we got talking.
Andrew Walter, somehow was the spokesman of the group. We learnt he’s from Nasarawa State, Nigeria — one of the states in Nigeria that was visited by Queen Elizabeth II of England in 2003 where she was entertained with the richness of African culture, including Bill Clinton, the former American President in 2001.
The groupof cyclists identifies as Team Keffi. For Walter, what inspired him to hit the crazy roads on a bicycle was his passion for the sport and the health benefits he gains from cycling.
When we asked how they feel when they ride, they spoke with one voice. They feel “joyful and cheerful,” they said.
The group of cyclists is yet to participate in any competition but hopes to get support from the government.
“In competition aspect, we have not participated in any…so we want them to show concern to cycling sport so we can move to next level,” Walter said of the local government sport executives.
However, the cyclists are proud and strongly believe that with adequate support they can make the continent proud — participating in both national and other international events.
By Elijah Christopher