Gift of the bike A Zambian Cycle Story
Sometimes a single object can change an entire life. For Gift Puteho, it was his father’s bicycle. Even after his first wobbly laps on the bike, which was way too big for him, it was clear to him that there is no better sport! He rode one of his first races on a bike with broken brakes. Despite this — or perhaps because of it — he crossed the finish line with a ten-minute lead.
With his passion for cycling and his tenacious spirit, the teenager eventually made it onto one of the few professional mountain bike teams in Zambia, and he has been unstoppable ever since.
"When I first started biking, people told me I was wasting my time and would never get anywhere with it."
|With:||Gift Puteho, Agness Nalukui Lichaha, Thomas Mapanda|
|Production:||Teton Gravity Research, USA / Zambia, 2022|
|Language:||Original version with subtitles|
|Accessible:||Greta App (AD, SDH, SUB)|
Kansanshi Cycling Team
The Kansanshi Sports Foundation was set up in 2014 by FQM’s Kansanshi Mining Plc, as part of the mine’s broader goal of supporting and enriching the communities in and around Solwezi. It gives youth the opportunity to pursue sports in the absence of official programmes in Zambian schools.