Gift of the bike A Zambian Cycle Story

Nora Richards ©

Sometimes a single object can change an entire life. For Gift Puteho, it was his father’s bicycle. Even after his first wobbly laps on the bike, which was way too big for him, it was clear to him that there is no better sport! He rode one of his first races on a bike with broken brakes. Despite this — or perhaps because of it — he crossed the finish line with a ten-minute lead.

With his passion for cycling and his tenacious spirit, the teenager eventually made it onto one of the few professional mountain bike teams in Zambia, and he has been unstoppable ever since.

"When I first started biking, people told me I was wasting my time and would never get anywhere with it."

Film Facts

Length: 8 min
Direction: Jeremy Grant
With: Gift Puteho, Agness Nalukui Lichaha, Thomas Mapanda
Production: Teton Gravity Research, USA / Zambia, 2022
Language: Original version with subtitles
Accessible: Greta & Starks App
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