Mani Arthur

BCN founder Mani, created BCN to be a welcoming space for cyclists from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. I played football at semi-pro level before I discovered cycling. I started riding in 2009 but really embraced cycling in 2011 after my friends and I decided to ride from London to Copenhagen for charity. I entered my first competitive bike race in 2014. My greatest achievement on the bike was competing in the 2019 African Games Cycling Road Race against Tour De France polka dot jersey wearer Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eritrea) and Chris Froome’s mentor David Kinjah (Kenya). I am a people person. I love meeting and helping people and get excited when I do something that makes another person happy.

What sport would you do if you were not a cyclist?
Football football football. My first love.

Who in the cycling world would you like to go for a ride with?
David Kinjah (Chris Froome’s mentor). We met at the 2019 African Games in Morocco. He was everything I expected. He is an incredible human being with incredible stories to tell. I hope he writes an autobiography one day. We need more people like him in the world.

Which other sport do you mostly follow and which club or athlete do you support?
Football. I am a long suffering Arsenal supporter.

What city would you most like to live in?

How do you relax after a hard day?
By watching a good TV series or Film.

What music do you put on when you want to get pumped?
Grime music. Old school grimesets with Wiley and Dizzee Rascal.

What’s your favourite TV show?
The Boondocks.

What is one or two of your favourite smells?
Freshly baked bread.

Which of your scars has the best story behind it?
I have a scar on my left elbow and hip descending down Sa Calobra. I thought I could go down it as fast as Alex Dowsett. Sa Calobra kept a piece of me.

What food do you love that a lot of people might find a little unfamiliar?
A Ghanian dish called Banku, served with Okro stew and Mutton. I rarely have it, so it’s always a welcome treat whenever I can get it.