The rise and fall
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Crazed might be the best word to describe cyclists in Lebanon as they navigate between the country's hazardous roads and reckless drivers.Karim Sokhn is the founder of Cycling Circle and has been bicycling for years – usually alone or on his vacations to Europe.Three years ago, he announced an event via Facebook consisting of a daytrip by bike. Last April, avid cyclist and racing champion Mohammad Alali opened "The Bike Shop" in Lebanon's northern city, where the activity is far less developed than in Beirut.When he first opened shop, he organized a daytrip via Facebook; only three people showed up. He is happy to report that his latest outing – he guides cyclists around Tripoli four times a week – saw a turnout of around 50 people. Lebanon already has some competitive cyclists such as Hassan al-Hajj, who won the national road cycling championship and participated in the Francophone Games last year in Nice; Zaher al-Hage, who won the last year's Mountain Bike championship; and Zaher's wife Lina al-Hage, who placed 10th in the Asian Championship, one of the best performances ever for a Lebanese cyclist.
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