By Aklilu Lijam,
CYCLING is one of the most popular sports in Eritrea. It is the national sport, practiced and followed with exceptional passion. Everywhere you go there are people on bicycles; from old men in suits pedaling through the capital (Asmara), to youngsters on their ‘Cross Country’ mountain bikes.
As one journalist put it “Eritreans have had cycling in their blood”. But it is the obsession with racing that is most remarkable. Weekend races in Asmara and through other cities (Keren, Masswa, Mendefera etc.) attract tens of thousands of spectators. In Asmara alone, an average of twenty thousand paying spectators attend the race lined in the streets of ‘Enda-Mariam’ or ‘Monopolio’ shouting ‘Forza!’ and ‘Bravo!’ cheering for the riders and the teams they support standing on their feet for long hours. Continue reading Tour de France 2015, Great Moment for Eritrea and Africa