Joe ShefferMarch 11, 2013 06:27
Sanaa, Yemen — Yemen’s national cycling team is facing an uphill struggle. They ride ageing bikes and train with a shoestring budget. But their biggest challenge has nothing to do with money.
On the cyclists’ morning rides in Yemen’s Highlands, people shout insults and throw stones. A passing land cruiser ran down a training group down as they prepared for a race in the fiercely tribal Lahj province in the country’s south. And the Ministry of Sport doesn't even recognize cycling. But the cyclists still train every day, and for the first time in five years, they're preparing to race abroad.