Tour d’Afrique

The Tour d’Afrique is a 12 000km test of endurance. From Cairo on 16 January 2010, the four-month cycle expedition traverses the African continent – through 10 African nations – until finally finishing, 120 days later, in Cape Town on 15 May 2010. The first Tour d’Afrique, held in 2003, holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest human-powered crossing of Africa. Since then, 250 people have made the crossing, from 20 countries around the world. At an average of 120 km a day, 6 days a week, the expedition is not only a physical test, but a mental one as well. 

The route

The Tour d’Afrique starts near Cairo (at the Pyramids of Giza) and ends at the Waterfont in Cape Town. From Egypt, riders go south through Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.



  1. Hi Jethro

    I came across this blog through a friend of mine…This is certainly one ride that I’d LOVE to do in the future. For now, it’s obviously Tour de France, but when I retire (and retire I will one day- for good), I plan to focus on my mountain biking.

    Best of luck with this one, 12000km @ an average of 120km per day. Sounds pretty insane (to an ordinary person)…But I guess we both understand endurance and the benefits of conquering a goal.


  2. Hi Jethro!

    Nice response from Lance, hey! Tune him to join us on the Freedom Challenge.

    Well done in Europe, Good luck in Africa!


  3. Hi Jethro

    A person that you may want to get in touch with is one of our team managers, Alain Gallopin. He organizes our schedule. 2010 is already decided upon, but after googling the freedom challenge, it sounds like the sort of race that we’d like to be involved in in 2011 (As Team RadioShack).

    All the best for your final TDA preparations.


  4. Sadly I cannot leave my actual e-mail address in this blog- I’m sure that you understand why. But I would be more than happy to communicate with you via your blog.


  5. Jethro you banana!
    Still thinking about the JHB to Cairo flight!
    Oxford is flippin cold and there is way too much sitting indoors reading journals!
    Cycling in the snow is no joke!
    Hope you are well! Looking forward to some news soon!
    Later alligator!

  6. Hi Jethro, from your South African neighbor in the Eastonstraat Amsterdam. Got your details from Jaap. Well done my friend, after your cycle trip in Tibet what way to go back home from Europe. It’s great to see you have the backing support from one of the greatest cyclists in the world – Mr. Lance Armstrong. With support like that its difficult to fail. I wish you many miles of trouble free cycling and good health along the road. Lots of best wishes to you and Hazel and stay in touch with your progress. Derek & Caroline

  7. But you still got beaten by a girl!!!

    Yours sincerely

    The Analysts at BC.

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