Coconut Coast: Part 4 of our 4-Part Series on Cycling West Africa

“Look into the unknown to find something new.”

We are very excited to share with you the concluding episode of our four part video series – Cycling West Africa. Following the participants of the inaugural West Africa en Vélo cycling expedition in 2018, videography intern Esen Küçüktütüncü put together this collection – filming throughout the expedition and then spending months putting the finishing touches on this exciting project.

In this last installment the riders plunge deeper into West Africa, cycling from Freetown, Sierra Leone through Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire before ending this epic cycling journey in Cape Coast, Ghana.

Sierra Leone has a history rich with unique cultural traditions, pounding with drum beats and incredible stories of humanity from the civil war. The riders then enter Guinea for a short section of familiar jungle tracks with waterfalls and wild elephants, before traveling into Cote d’Ivoire. The final rest day is in the quirky capital city of Yamoussoukro which features the world’s largest basilica and a Presidential palace surrounded by man-eating crocodiles!

Then it is back to the coast. The last of many unique border crossings will take riders down a beach track lined with coconut palms and crisscrossed with gigantic fishing nets before leading them into the final country: Ghana.

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

>>Watch the full series here

A big thanks to our young filmmaker Esen Küçüktütüncü who spent three months in West Africa filming for this project. Esen can be reached through her website: esenka.co

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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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Desert Coast: Part 2 of our 4-Part Video Series on Cycling West Africa

 

In this second video from our web series, you will see the riders continue south towards the border of Mauritania – one of the world’s least visited countries. While the ocean may disappear for a few hundred kilometres, the arid desert is speckled with colourful Berber huts, protecting people and livestock from the strong winds.  You will witness fisherman from all over West Africa coming together to haul boats out of the water, weave intricate fishing nets, and clean fish of a hundred varieties. The video will show the riders cycling on the beach, weaving in and out of coconut palms, dodging fishing nets, and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean before they arrive in vibrant Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

Registration is now open for the Desert Coast 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 back of trucks and the seat of a bicycle – and the last several weeks editing this web series.

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Atlas Mountains: Part 1 of our 4-Part Video Series on Cycling West Africa

When people think of cycling in Morocco they might immediately envision roads winding up and over the Atlas Mountains and down into valleys below. But starting in Casablanca and finishing in the disputed Western Sahara, this is no typical cycle tour of Morocco – in fact Morocco is just the start of this three month journey through West Africa.

In this first video from our web series, you will see that Morocco (and Western Sahara) are not all mountains – the Atlantic Coast and the Sahara are also a big part of the cycling experience. So too are the villages the cyclists pass through and the people they meet. Through the video you also get a glimpse into the lifestyle of the cyclists who undertake these expeditions – peanut butter sandwiches on the roadside, and coastal sunsets at the end of a long day. As Erwin says in the video “I think cycling is the best way for travelling.”

Registration is now open for the Atlas Mountains 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 back of trucks and the seat of a bicycle – and the last several weeks editing this web series.

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