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posted 7/16/2008
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I think they forgot about Major Taylor, who predated the Tour de France.

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These two young men are Zakayo Nderi and Samwel Mwangi. They come from a tiny spot on the planet called Eldoret in Kenya. And it is a remarkable place because half of all the world’s marathon champions come from that one tiny spot.

They have the heart, lungs and legs of marathoners, but all they want to be are the first professional black cyclists in the world. And in August this year, they will be going to Alpe d’Huez in France to do a timed ascent.

Why, you may ask? In 2004, there was an individual time trial up that mountain in the Tour de France. Out of 155 riders, Lance Armstrong won it in 39’41" and the tenth placed time was 42’08". Zakayo and Mwangi intend to finish in a time somewhere between those two times. Just to show they belong among them.

Until now, there has not been a single black African in the Tour de France. Or in pro cycling. Not one. So meet Zakayo and Mwangi. All they want is an opportunity to prove themselves.
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posted 7/16/2008
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Well, the site has a page on Major Taylor, so not exactly forgotten.

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posted 7/16/2008
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Cool! They look determined to set some new records! A "breath of fresh air" as far as I'm concerned!

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posted 7/16/2008
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Major Taylor was an American. Just so you know.

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posted 7/16/2008
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I've assumed that some of the black African riders in the Tour du Faso (November 9th @ 4PM ET on Versus) were professional racers at some level, but maybe not.




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posted 7/16/2008
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Here's an picture of Erik Saunders racing with Lance, I rode with Erik a couple of times down on the So Cal desert. I believe he beat Lance in this race in California.



Yes, there are a few black pros although I believe Erik has retired from racing.
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posted 7/16/2008
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Lance looks heavy in the above picture...not at his peak for the tdf thats certain...most top pros could whoop him, at least according to him.

Also, the 2 kenyans attempting to be between lances time and the 10th place time on alp huez during the 2004 TDF TT. Isnt even the same, as as Lance was in the middle of the TDF and not...a one day Time Trial. Do they belong amongst the pro peloton? If they did, i suspect they would be in the pro peloton already...thats my guess...So, are they in teh Pro peloton?.....Not even Close...not yet anyway...give it a few more decades..maybe a century or 2, then youll see...

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posted 7/16/2008
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Here's an picture of Erik Saunders racing with Lance...


To reiterate Opus' point, Erik Saunders is an American.


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posted 7/17/2008
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Yes. I take it they are promoting Africans who are Black, not simply Blacks of any point of origin and not simply Africans who are not Black.

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posted 7/17/2008
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My team (see left) has two chapters in Africa...Uganda and Kenya. All are black, and the Uganda team is the top rated team in the country, with at least one rider qualifying to race at Worlds a couple years ago (Visa issues kept him away).

The average bike they ride is a 5-7 year old 8 speed Trek/Specialized/etc, steel frame, donated by someone in the US. Average patches per tube: 5.

We are also in Romania and Canada, plus twelve spokes here in the US. Nothing in Australia oddly...
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posted 7/17/2008
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Yes. I take it they are promoting Africans who are Black, not simply Blacks of any point of origin and not simply Africans who are not Black.
-- posted by Thorn


Right--there are already (non-Black) Africans racing in the pro ranks, including in the Tour de France. There's even a South African team in the TdF (Barloworld, albeit registered in Britain) with at least one South African rider (Robbie Hunter), though who knows how long that'll last given their one (so far?) doping positive A sample (Duenas).

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