We all love having fun on our bikes. The rush of the speed, the breeze of the air and the pure freedom that a cycle provides. There’s nothing quite like it, though sometimes it can be easy to take it all for granted.
Enter “A Bike for Che” - one of the best reminders on the internet of just how much of an impact a bicycle can have on any given life.
It’s the story of how Mark, Steve and Stu, three regular guys in England brought the BMX community together to get a brand new bike sent out to a kid named Cherechukwu Udenkwere, or “Che”, in Nigeria, a promising flatlander and beyond that, a kid who just loves to ride, but who didn’t have a proper steed to do it on.
But before we get into that let’s give you a bit of the back story about Mark, Steve and Stu.
Back in 2015 there was another great, incredibly heart-warming story that came out of the BMX community - the story of One Flying Kidney.
BMX rider Stu Crumpton was diagnosed with kidney cancer, a tragic and life-changing development that meant he required surgery which left him fearing for his life.
Stu did survive, and to help him recover, his best mates Mark and Steve went out and got him his dream bike, a rare replica of Eddie Fiola's famous yellow GT performer, with the idea that as he got better and worked on the bike, he could once again start riding.
Not only that, the guys managed to get in contact with Eddie Fiola himself who recorded a short message for Stu and supplied all the parts to the boys at cost price (Stu has since met Eddie as he’s got stronger and continued his ride to fitness!).
So, onto Che. After Shane Hawke left a comment on one of the Nigerian flatlander’s social media posts, he ended up asking the guys to put into motion a plan to pool the resources of those in the BMX community again and get Che a ride. They worked their magic.
They contacted French rider Alain Massabova at flatland company St Martin, who very generously offered to provide a whole load of stuff for free, and plenty of others chipped in to help the bike all get sent safely to Nigeria.
You can see the reaction of Che to getting an upgrade on his old school ride, and the progress he’s made in flatland since receiving the bike. It’s one of those stories that makes you proud to be part of the community - and makes you realise how lucky you are to be able to ride.
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