This is Angela, queen of the red BMX bike, champion of small girl races, and all around bad ass. The girl who first showed up to VBP’s Learn to Ride session, hiding behind the bushes watching the other girls ride, eventually found her passion for riding. She ran away each time VBP staff approached her, but after three days of coaxing, Angela was hooked. The rest of the month was spent convincing her that she had to share the bicycles, even if she really didn’t want to. When not riding bikes, she was teaching other girls and having a blast. Angela joined a one-day workshop to learn maintenance skills, and she was able to show off by the end. The bike she chose to purchase? A red BMX – just like the one on which she learned to ride. Now, Angela races her friends after school down the main drag of her town, Akete.