Africa

Bamako bikers gather for Sunday wheelies

Lamine (green shirt, back to the camera) looks on in awe as this gang of rough riders comes through. Image copyright Matthew Schinske

Bikers in Mali's capital Bamako have built up a tradition. Every Sunday they meet in the suburb of Titibougou to show off their tricks, attracting large crowds.

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Image caption Sekou Bathily is well known among the regulars in Titibougou for being fearless. "We young Malians have so much to worry about, this is a way to forget about everyday life," he said
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Image caption How to make a wheelie more difficult? Ride side-saddle
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Image caption This biker is still able to straighten his sunglasses while popping a wheelie at 80 km/h
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Image caption Everyone is on high-alert for the police. If they turn up, people fear they could confiscate their "jakartas", as they call their bikes
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Image caption Women are rarely, if ever, spotted showing off their tricks, but still turn up on the bikes as spectators
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Image caption Sundays also sees many people going to wedding parties and they drive past the crowds of biker fans
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Image caption Really young riders sometimes take really big risks
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Image caption More expensive toys - and rare protective gear - begin to show up as the harsh afternoon sun begins to set
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Image caption As the temperature cools down, the crowds get even bigger