Sierra Leone cyclists launch crowdfunder to get them to UCI Africa Tour opener

The chance for the riders to compete abroad has been described as 'once-in-a-lifetime'

Lunsar Cycling Team (Lunsar/Twitter)

Cyclists from Sierra Leone have been handed a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to compete abroad after ASO invited them to the first race of the UCI Africa Tour 2020, the Tour de Faso in Burkina Faso.

Representing the country will be the Lunsar Cycling Team, that is, if they manage to raise the funds necessary to be on the start line come October 25.

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