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by Shane Stokes
March 27, 2018
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It’s one of the feel-good stories of the 2018 Commonwealth Games: a team of riders from Africa has received the boost of new equipment after an Australian businessman realised they were set to compete on disadvantaged terms.
GC Bike Fit owner Peter Spencer was initially approached to help find a chaperone for Ghana’s Commonwealth cycling team as they trained on the Gold Coast in Australia. However, according to AAP, he realised that the three road riders and two wheelchair athletes were set to use substandard equipment against their competitors.
He worked with others and made a public appeal, securing new bikes, helmets, shoes and clothing for the athletes. “I have become the dog’s body of doing anything bike-related with them,” he said. “What started as going out for a bike ride with them, I’ve lost that opportunity … because I’m also the coach and logistics coordinator while on the side, accidentally, starting this charity movement.”
Several companies got involved to help with equipment, while individuals from around Australia contributed kit and funds.