So you love riding but what do you do when you live a couple of thousand miles away from your nearest BMX team, in a country only marginally more hilly than your average pacific island and you don’t have your own bike? For Wuri Bah the answer was simple, all you’ve got to do is start a bike repair workshop and assemble the country’s first freestyle team.
I met Wuri
when I realised that the bike I use back in the UK probably wasn’t the most suitable for West Africa and I needed some help finding a decent bike in the Gambia. Everyone I spoke to told me “just go to the traffic light in the capital and ask for Wuri, he’ll sort you out”.
Business interactions are not as swift and impersonal here as they are in Europe and sometimes you have to be ready for the long-haul. We sat down and had an Attayah (local tea so sweet it makes your eyes sting) and bonded over our mutual awe for the latest Danny MacAskill
video before he casually mentioned “oh yeah, I started the Gambia’s first freestyle team”.