However, our team is comprised of some wonderful cyclists from backgrounds that are truly amazing.
These two are our hope for the Olympics, if they are trained well right now, they have a bright chance of representing Pakistan in Olympics. Habibullah is from Islamabad. He used to have a soup stall outside PolyClinic Hospital (which was removed by CDA recently), now he has been offered a job by Islamabad Cycling Association.
Haroon and I go a long way back, even before we started our university we had met. He called me to get some pictures of the cycling team before they left for the championship in Bahrain. I went to Jinnah Stadium and underneath the stadium is the Jinnah Hostel. The boys were staying at room no. 109.
I had never been inside the hostels, so it seemed like a fantastic opportunity to get some documentary shots of our cycling team. This was the entrance to the Jinnah Hostel, where cyclists, runners gymnasts and other sportsmen resided.
As I entered the hostel, I wasn't surprised to see the depilated condition of the place. It looked like a place where you could film a horror movie.
Yet our sportsmen and women (probably in another hostel) ignore all of this and train hard with whatever they can to wear the Pakistani flag.
Room 109. The cycling team of 6 to represent Pakistan in the 37th Asian Cycling Championships in Bahrain was staying inside.
As I entered, I was greeted by Habibullah (as he knew me), Farman was lying in his bed after a training run.
The room was quite large and had 8 beds. One of the window had a curtain on it, the light was bright outside and because of the three windows the room was well lit. The bicycles that had to go with the team were neatly stacked against the wall.
Burhan, was giving tips to Habibullah about technique when I entered the room.
Fata Cycling Association had the boxes made for transportation of the bicycles. Here are the boxes for the bikes ready to be loaded. Later on we pasted stickers on the bags as the final preparations were made.
The team was told to suit up for the photoshoot. The good thing about this was that all suits were tailor made for each one of them.
The suits were a good fit.
Habibullah all set for the shoot, the ties hadn't arrived yet, but we went ahead with the shoot.
The Pakistan team was now ready.
Habibullah couldn't go Bahrain as they found out that he was younger than the Junior age bracket.
The Seniors finished 15th out of 19th in the time trials.
Tanzeel also got to know on the day of the flight that he cannot participate because of his age.
Haroon, who is the Secretary General of Islamabad cycling association was selected to be the Manager of the team. And from what I know he will critically analyse all of our shortcomings and report the improvements that are needed. I personally also believe that he will be able to mentor Habibullah to become our Olympic entry.