Rather than being deterred by threats, and street harassment, the 40-strong team, led by Zahra Hussaini, sees these threats as challenges to overcome.
“People are watching us from behind our backs, it is horrifying,” a team member said.
“Some people believe women are meant only to stay at home, and all they can do is cook food and do housework,” her teammate added. "They say a bicycle can destroy a girl’s future. People say a lot of things. If we listened to them we would never leave our houses”.
The team’s nomination came about after 118 Italian MPs signed a petition to have the Afghan Women’s Cycling Team included.
The inclusion of the bicycle in the Nobel Peace prize candidates was suggested by Italian social media and several radio stations.
The Afghan women’s ‘cycling movement’ is seen as a slow battle for freedom in a war-torn country, and a powerful step forward for women’s rights.