Adventure

Tour D’Afrique

In 2011, I competed in the Tour D'Afrique, the longest bike race on earth. Over four months, 63 of us raced from Cairo to Cape Town through some of the toughest terrain in Africa. We were shot at, beaten with cattle whips, chased by wild elephant, suffered from malaria and typhoid, climbed endless mountains in Ethiopia and were broken by the lava road in Northern Kenya. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I hope you enjoy the book! Dodging Elephants available on Kindle and in paperback through Amazon.

The Tour D’Afrique is an annual race across Africa from North to South. I found it online by accident when I was looking for biking holidays in Africa and promised myself I would do it someday. Well, it was no holiday but it was the most intense, exhilarating and enriching experience. And it gave me material for my first book.

We cycled  through history as we left Egypt at the start of the Arab Spring, came into Southern Sudan on the day that the referendum results to declare it as an independent country were announced, and crossed Northern Kenya during one of the worst droughts in memory.

We also cycled in beating sunshine, driving rain, thick mud, desert sands,  and swarms of tsetse flies. Every day was longer than I thought it would be, either because my legs hurt and there was a headwind, or because something wonderful happened and time elasticated. Sometimes the days were horrific Рcycling for 10 hours over corrugated sand ruts in 50 degree temperatures has left some permanent scars. And sometimes they were brilliant Рwhooping down mud slicks in Tanzania is hard to beat.

I was with 62 fellow competitors, who started off as strangers from a motley of nations and ended up being the TDA family. Above all, it is those relationships that made this adventure truly wonderful.