Ousline Georges, 22 (pictured below), only started to take cycling seriously a year ago, wary of the many hurdles she faced such as the prohibitive cost of a decent bicycle and the treacherous roads in her home country of Haiti, the poorest in the Americas.
Dejan, who has trained cyclists from all over the world, said cycling tournaments had proven very popular in poor nations because they offered a free outdoor spectacle. Haiti was applying to host the Caribbean Championships in 2021, he said.
"Cycling could be a way of giving the Haitian people back their smiles," he said.
PHOTO EDITING BY MARIKA KOCHIASHVILI, TEXT BY ANDREW PAULTRE, EDITING BY DIANE CRAFT; LAYOUT BY JULIA DALRYMPLE