There are many cycling organisations dedicated to making the world a better place. One such organisation is the Global Cycling Network, a cycling YouTube channel started in 2012. GCN is a great resource for all cyclists, their videos consist of helpful tips and tricks for cycling, along with some very humorous content. In 2016, GCN hosted a fundraiser for the World Bicycle Relief and donated 150 bicycles to Zambian communities in need. One of their presenters, Mr Daniel Lloyd, a former professional road racer, shaved his head last year in support of the fundraiser.
This year Lloyd decided to to visit Zambia to see for himself how the bikes were being used and what they meant to the people they were donated to.
In an Eddy exclusive interview with Lloyd, he said that his trip to Zambia
consisted of varied days interacting with the community and seeing how the bikes affected the lives of the people that received them. “We watched the bikes being built; we spent a day with a student from 5:30am, from her daily chores to her trip to school and back. We also got up really early to follow a farmer for the morning and see how he used the Buffalo bikes,” said Lloyd in an interview with the Eddy.
“The stand out moment for me was following a girl called Tassilla back from school – she’d just been donated the bike and so it was the first time she’d got to do the six kilometer trip on wheels instead of on foot. She was so happy!” said Lloyd.
Watch the first installment of GCN’s world bicycle relief video series here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68dph_NDrdE
Photos courtesy of Mr Daniel Lloyd.