'I haven't seen my family for nine months, all I have is my bike': Elite cyclist seeking asylum says he would be 'broken' if moved to Bibby Stockholm barge

Mohammad Ganjkhanlou competed in last summer’s Glasgow World Championships before he applied for asylum in the UK

Mohammad Ganjkhanlou
Mohammad Ganjkhanlou (right) says he is concerned for his mental health if he moves to the barge
(Image credit: Supplied by Reading Cycling Club)

An elite Iranian cyclist, who claimed asylum in the UK after last year’s Glasgow World Championships, says the Bibby Stockholm barge would destroy his mental health and wellbeing if he is forced to Portland, Dorset by the Home Office. 

Mohammad Ganjkhanlou told Cycling Weekly that his mind would be "broken" if he was forced to move to the barge housing asylum seekers, which Amnesty International called an "utterly shameful way to house people who’ve fled terror, conflict and persecution".

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.