Nicholas Leong


Nicholas Leong was a Singapore-based commercial photographer, with clients all over the world. Starting as a fashion and editorial photographer, he moved on to corporate, industrial and finally, hotel photography. 


A life-long fan of the Tour de France, he often wondered why he never saw Africans in the professional peloton. In 2006, unwilling to wait for someone else to do it, he purchased a ticket to Kenya to find out for himself if Kenyans could be world-class cyclists. In 2009, he co-founded the professional cycling team, Kenyan Riders. He quit his job in 2011 to manage the project and the team full-time.

Until the COVID-19 shut-down, he was the full-time general manager of the Kenyan Riders and photographer of the project. 

In managing a team of African cyclists who are pioneers in the world of professional cycling, Nicholas has witnessed the many visible and invisible barriers they face. He hopes that the Thurrock Festival can be an avenue to expose more people to make this sport more inclusive.

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Our Earth - Gallery 1

Turbo Trainer Session
The 6am Run
The Taper
Salim Kipkemboi
The Kenyan Riders
Sunday Races
Motor Pacing in the Valley
The Bicycle
The Cargo Bike
Training Session in Tanzania
The Tour of Rwanda
Masaai on a Bike
The Bicycle Taxi
Lake Turkana
Turkana Boys
A Slow Day in the Village
African Racing
After the Ride

Price List

Kindly quote the photograph number/ title in the contact us box below along with the format.
The number/title can be found on the caption of the particular photograph in the gallery.

Color Photo: Digital file

6240 pixel X 4160 pixel digital file. Will be emailed upon transaction.


Color Photo Print

A4, A3, A2 size inkjet print on archival paper.

A4: S$60
A3: S$90
A2: S$130

Black & White Print

Black & White photos in the gallery are shot on film and will only be available in print.

8" X 10": S$75
11" X 14": S$100
16" X 20": S$130

just a perfect day

You made me forget myself...

Featured Publications

An African Dream

A brief account by Nicholas Leong on his dream that sparked and fuels his motivation to raise this Kenyan team of cyclist. As they aim to reach the top of the podium on the world's stage.

Nicholas Leong

One man's African Dream

A featured article in the AugustMan publication July-2014. Depicting the story, inspirations and visions behind the Kenyan Rider's project.

AugustMan Magazine

Style and sport


An article by Tim Lewis for Esquire about Kenyan Riders and the African racing scene.

kenyan riders live on

The Guardian

An article written by Sean Ingle that was featured in The Guardian about the account of tragedy and renewed hope by an African rider.

A Dream on two wheels.

An exclusive by Brian Dabbs for the New York Times.

The New York Times

Out of Africa

A film team discovered the story of the Kenyan Riders and followed them for the eight day Tour of Rwanda.

Ride Magazine

from Katong to Kenya

Everyone knows that Kenyans can run, but Nicholas Leong believes they can be champion cyclists too.

The Sunday Times

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