Why are bike riders in Sierra Leone racing in Team GB kit?

The West African Lunsar Cycling Team received a donation from one of Britain's most talented cycling families

Riders at the Tour de Lunsar 2023 in GB cycling kit
(Image credit: Lunsar Cycling Team)

A local cycling team at this year’s Science in Sport Tour de Lunsar, the biggest bike race in Sierra Leone, turned up to the start line on Wednesday wearing an assortment of Team GB kit. 

There were skinsuits and jerseys, mismatched in white and blue, some dating back around a decade. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.