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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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.
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...
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.
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.
Style and sport
An article by Tim Lewis for Esquire about Kenyan Riders and the African racing scene.
kenyan riders live on
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.
from Katong to Kenya
Everyone knows that Kenyans can run, but Nicholas Leong believes they can be champion cyclists too.
The Sunday Times