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

by Bicycle NewsJuly 3, 20190 comments

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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.


West Africa en Vélo


Join us on this unique cycling expedition to explore West Africa from Casablanca to Cape Coast. Clocking in at just over 2 months and 6,300 km, riders…

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