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Bamako bikers gather for Sunday wheelies

Lamine (green shirt, back to the camera) looks on in awe as this gang of rough riders comes through.

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Bikers in Mali’s capital Bamako have built up a tradition. Every Sunday they meet in the suburb of Titibougou to show off their tricks, attracting large crowds.

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Sekou Bathily is well known among the regulars in Titibougou for being fearless. “We young Malians have so much to worry about, this is a way to forget about everyday life,” he said

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How to make a wheelie more difficult? Ride side-saddle

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This biker is still able to straighten his sunglasses while popping a wheelie at 80 km/h

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Everyone is on high-alert for the police. If they turn up, people fear they could confiscate their “jakartas”, as they call their bikes

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Women are rarely, if ever, spotted showing off their tricks, but still turn up on the bikes as spectators

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Sundays also sees many people going to wedding parties and they drive past the crowds of biker fans

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Really young riders sometimes take really big risks

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More expensive toys – and rare protective gear – begin to show up as the harsh afternoon sun begins to set

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As the temperature cools down, the crowds get even bigger

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