I am a British Iranian woman and I’ve been cycling the world for 2 years. I’m currently pedalling across Brazil my 16th country by bicycle. On the 10th September 2016 the Supreme Leader of Iran issued a Fatwa against women cycling in public.
Before cycling the world I was riding and racing for the Iranian National Women’s Cycling Team. On a return flight to Tehran from racing in Kazakstan I knew I had a serious decision to make.
I grabbed my bicycle and rucksack from Azadi Sports Complex and returned to Tehran’s airport to catch a flight to Istanbul. I spent the next 3 weeks cycling Turkey, on my own and in that time I made a life changing decision.
To do what I had always been too scared to do. To travel the world on my bicycle.
I was never going to be the girl who could accept a world of discrimination, bullying and doping for my own personal gain. Walking away from something I had worked so hard for was a tough decision but I followed my heart. I value my life not on personal gain but on the positive contribution I can make to the world as I experience it.
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