Nigerian team’s members Tawakalt Yekeen, Mary Samuel, and Ese Ukpeseraye compete in the women’s Team Sprint first round during the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at Jean-Stablinski velodrome in Roubaix, northern France, on Oct. 20, 2021; (photo/FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP via Getty Images) A kind gesture from the German women’s team got the Track World Championships off to a great start.
Heartwarming news comes from the UCI World Track Championships in France. That’s where the German women’s team gifted the emerging Nigerian team with aero bars after previously noticing the riders were making do with mass-start bars, putting them at a substantial aerodynamic disadvantage.
“We saw last year at the world championships in Roubaix for the first time that they were riding with mass-start handlebars — and in Glasgow at the Nations Cup again. That’s when we thought: We have to do something about that!” Franziska Brauße, one of the German riders, told Radsport-news.com .
The German team took to the internet in search of aero bars that would work for the Nigerians’ bikes . The enterprising Germans even convinced a supplier to give them a discount by looping him into the plan. The team presented the Nigerians with the bars on Wednesday. An Offer of Mentorship
Mieke Kröger, another rider on the German team, offered to give the young Nigerians some hard-won tips once the weekend rolls around.
“[I]f there’s still track time there and they’re interested, then I’ll go out on the track with them again and give them tips. Because […]