Nyan Yassin, 24, is a professional competitive cyclist in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. She is the captain of an all-female club called Newroz Club, which is the only cycling club for women in Sulaimaniyah, although there are other clubs around Iraq. She trains and competes on roads that are badly surfaced and busy with traffic.

Nyan was the first woman to start cycling in Sulaimaniyah. She was always competitive and after trying her hand at...
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