Over the past month, Israel Start-Up Nation’s co-owner, Sylvan Adams, initiated a mission to save 167 Afghan nationals from the Taliban takeover of their country.
The operation was organized by Adams, who recruited an international group of diplomats, UCI President David Lappartient, an Israeli aid organization called IsraAid, and an eclectic set of individuals, who worked together to help a mixture of cyclists, sportswomen, female judges and police officers, families of diplomats and members of the Afghan parliament, human rights workers, students and professionals escape the clutches of the Taliban’s repressive regime.
It all started in the end of August when a journalist contacted ISN with an emotional, almost desperate, request for help. She told the story of a group of terrified Afghan cyclists stranded and hiding in Kabul. Knowing the team’s commitment to causes that go well beyond racing, she asked if there something he could do.
Fast forward to to the end of October when Adams landed in Tirana, Albania, to meet some of the girls who were rescued. It ended, not surprisingly, with a bike ride.