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Glasgow bike shop “humbled” by response to its helping Malawi cyclists

Billy Bilsland Cycles makes gift of two Genesis road bikes to African riders

Glasgow-based independent bike shop Billy Bilsland Cycles says it has been “humbled” by the response to news that it loaned bikes to two cyclists from Malawi competing in the Commonwealth Games – and has now decided to make a gift of two Genesis Volare 20 road bikes to the riders.

As we reported on Sunday, the Malawi team took two bikes to the shop to be repaired ahead of competing at Glasgow 2014, but staff decided the riders deserved better and lent them top-of-the range road and time trial bikes for the event.

In a post on Facebook yesterday, the business, founded by former pro Bill Bilsland who competed in the 1968 Commonwealth Games, said: “We have been humbled by the amount of interest our small gesture has generated. We have decided to donate the 2 Genesis Volare 20 road bikes to Leonard and Missi.”

It also provided a link to the Scotland Malawi Partnership charity, in case “any of our lovely customers would like to help out as well.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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