Parts 3 & 4 of our 8-Part Video Series – ‘Cycling Cairo to Cape Town’

 

“You don’t think about the distance or the day. You just, you know, there is only the next 10 meters ahead of us”

The nerves and anxiety of the Tour d’Afrique riders on display in parts 1 & 2 of our 8 part video series now give way to the ebb and flow, struggles and the triumphs of their daily experience as the weeks and months flow by.

Part 3 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nairobi, Kenya

“When we crossed over into Kenya we left the mountains of Ethiopia behind and all of the sudden it was just this vast savannah like territory.” 

After leaving the mountain challenges in northern Ethiopia, the riders pedal out of the booming capital city of Addis Ababa and head south. Their legs are strong and they now have the confidence and conditioning to tackle Kenya. As one rider puts it, “we got into our stride a little bit.” They spin through the dry northern deserts of Kenya, passing through the tribal lands of the Borana, Samburu and Masai people. Riders then celebrate crossing  the equator in the shadow of Mt Kenya.

Part 4 – Nairobi, Kenya to Mbeya, Tanzania

 

Riding into Tanzania everybody was looking for Kilimanjaro

Riding out of Nairobi, the cyclists head south towards the border with Tanzania, keeping an eye out for their first view of legendary Mount Kilimanjaro. In Arusha, Tanzania, the riders trade in their bicycles for safari vehicles for 3 days and experience the incredible East African wildlife living in the Ngorongoro Crater and out on the Serengeti Plain. The next week takes them over some challenging roads in the vast interior of Western Tanzania. Sand, dirt, gravel and some tough climbs make this a very intense section. One rider commented – “There were a few days where I felt like throwing my bike into the bush.

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Parts five and six of this 8 part series will be released in our November newsletter. You can read our summary of parts 1 & 2 here. Make sure you sign up! Simply enter your email address here.

Hats off to filmmaker Laundon Peacock for putting this series together. Through broken lenses, illness, limited internet/electricity, and bad weather he was able to produce something that we feel gives everyone a great insight into what it’s like to cycle the Tour d’Afrique.

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Parts 3 & 4 of our 8-Part Video Series – ‘Cycling Cairo to Cape Town’

 

“You don’t think about the distance or the day. You just, you know, there is only the next 10 meters ahead of us”

The nerves and anxiety of the Tour d’Afrique riders on display in parts 1 & 2 of our 8 part video series now give way to the ebb and flow, struggles and the triumphs of their daily experience as the weeks and months flow by.

Part 3 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Nairobi, Kenya

“When we crossed over into Kenya we left the mountains of Ethiopia behind and all of the sudden it was just this vast savannah like territory.” 

After leaving the mountain challenges in northern Ethiopia, the riders pedal out of the booming capital city of Addis Ababa and head south. Their legs are strong and they now have the confidence and conditioning to tackle Kenya. As one rider puts it, “we got into our stride a little bit.” They spin through the dry northern deserts of Kenya, passing through the tribal lands of the Borana, Samburu and Masai people. Riders then celebrate crossing  the equator in the shadow of Mt Kenya.

Part 4 – Nairobi, Kenya to Mbeya, Tanzania

 

Riding into Tanzania everybody was looking for Kilimanjaro

Riding out of Nairobi, the cyclists head south towards the border with Tanzania, keeping an eye out for their first view of legendary Mount Kilimanjaro. In Arusha, Tanzania, the riders trade in their bicycles for safari vehicles for 3 days and experience the incredible East African wildlife living in the Ngorongoro Crater and out on the Serengeti Plain. The next week takes them over some challenging roads in the vast interior of Western Tanzania. Sand, dirt, gravel and some tough climbs make this a very intense section. One rider commented – “There were a few days where I felt like throwing my bike into the bush.

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Tour d’Afrique

Our original trans-continental journey and flagship expedition crossing Africa from north to south, covering almost 12,000 km in four months. A test…

Parts five and six of this 8 part series will be released in our November newsletter. You can read our summary of parts 1 & 2 here. Make sure you sign up! Simply enter your email address here.

Hats off to filmmaker Laundon Peacock for putting this series together. Through broken lenses, illness, limited internet/electricity, and bad weather he was able to produce something that we feel gives everyone a great insight into what it’s like to cycle the Tour d’Afrique.

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Parts 1 & 2 of our 8-Part video series ‘Cycling Cairo to Cape Town’

“This is going to be the most fun you’ve had in your life. It’s also going to be some of the worst times.” Those were some of the first words shared with the 2019 Tour d’Afrique participants by tour leader Tallis at their initial meeting in Cairo. A day later they all took their first pedal strokes on what would be their four month journey across Africa.

This eight part series follows the participants through the ups and downs of cycling through Africa. Part one covers the first section known as Pharaoh’s Delight – from Cairo to Khartoum. Nervous riders start from beneath the great pyramids and head out into the arid landscapes of Egypt. They cycle alongside the Red Sea and pass through cities like Luxor along the Nile River. They take a quick ferry ride into Sudan and head out into the desert facing punishing headwinds on their way to Khartoum.

Part two covers the section known as The Gorge – named for the one pivotal stage into and back out of the Blue Nile Gorge. A grueling stage that ends with the climb out of the gorge; some 1400 m in a span of just 20 km. This video also highlights the cultural and geographic changes as the tour leaves Arab and arid Sudan for hilly sub-Saharan Ethiopia. It ends in the growing metropolis of Addis Ababa.

Parts three and four will be released in our October newsletter. Make sure you sign up! Simply enter your email address in the orange box above.

Hats off to filmmaker Laundon Peacock for putting this series together. Through broken lenses, illness, limited internet/electricity, and bad weather he was able to produce something that we feel gives everyone a great insight into what’s it’s like to cycle the Tour d’Afrique.

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Fouta Djalon: Part 3 of our 4-Part Series on Cycling West Africa

“It was good contrast, you know, earning it through the sandy deserts and that.. now getting into this lush jungle”

In this third installment, the West Africa en Vélo cycling expedition turns inland and a drastic shift occurs – the cool temperatures in the Atlas Mountains are far behind and the arid desert coast fades as cyclists head into the jungle. The section name, Fouta Djalon, is the name of the highland region of central Guinea that the riders traverse after leaving Senegal. The roads are a bit rougher, infrastructure a bit more basic while the scenery becomes increasingly verdant and climate is humid and hot.

In this video riders cycle past ancient baobabs. They camp under waterfalls and bounce along rough tracks – ending with a ferry ride into Freetown, Sierra Leone.

>>Registration is now open for the Fouta Djalon and all four sections of the 2020 West Africa en Vélo

A big thanks to our young filmmaker Esen Küçüktütüncü who spent three months in West Africa filming for this project – from the backs of trucks and the seat of a bicycle – and several weeks editing this web series.

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