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The Sunday Independentindependent
November 2013
“We were used to being chased by dogs, and besides they were tiny so we ignored them. They were relentless and building up speed and one went straight for my leg.”Read Full Article

 

American Bicyclist
February 2006
“I met the group for the first time on January 13 at a five-star hotel – the last of these we would see for the duration of the trip. I was immediately struck by the wide range of participants. The riders ranged from young to old, fit to fat, and serious to casual.”Read Full Article

 

Bike
July, 2007
“We lined up our bicycles under a huge banner that read Tour d’Afrique. TV crews swarmed with cameras, the Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza looming behind us.”Read Full Article

 

Adventure Cyclist
March, 2007
“The boldness and scale of Tour d’Afrique immediately made a splash in the touring world, and many observers praised the organizer’s commitment to African bicycle advacacy.”Read Full Article

 

Explore
October, 2004
“To the Canadian organizer of the first Tour d’Afriqu, cycling 11,000 kilometres from Cairo to Cape Town seemed like a good idea at the time. And after the lava fields, the bandit territory, the stone-throwing kids and the tire-swallowing sand, it seemed like an even better idea.”Read Full Article

 

Shipsenburg
Fall, 2006
“…’Mountains are the means and man is the end. The goal is not to reach the top of mountains but to improve the man.’ I descended today just as I completed the Tour d’Afrique, victorious but a humbled man.”Read Full Article

 

Wanderlust
January, 2007
“Exploring the Silk Road on two wheels is an increasingly popular choice. There’s nothing like watching the world whizz by and being able to stop anytime you wish to feel and touch your surroundings.”Read Full Article

 

Outpost
June, 2003
“To race or not to race. 120 days of pedalling, from Cairo to Cape Town. Outpost checks in with the first-ever Tour d’Afrique bicycle race.”Read Full Article

 

Motion
October, 2005
“Tour d’Afrique, 12,000 Rad-Kilometer von Kairo nach Kapstadt.”Read Full Article

 

Ride
April, 2007
“…the riders experienced what some of them consider the highlight of their epic adventure, when they completed the 18km switchback descent on a rough gravel road into the Blue Nile gorge, losing about 1000m in altitude, before crossing hte Blue Nile River and then tackling the 22km climb back out!”Read Full Article

 

Globe Trotter
February, 2005
“Hey, du fahrst mit dem Bike durch Afrika – ein Geschenk furs Leben!”Read Full Article

 

Mountain Bike Action
June, 2006Read Full Article

 

Sports Illustrated
November, 2002
“Though the event is touted as a race – riders will be covering an average of 66 miles a day for 100 days, with 20 rest days – Gold and de Jong welcome relay teams and anyone who wants to treat the event more like a tour, even people who can spend only, say, six weeks covering part of the continent.”Read Full Article

 

VSD
July, 2004
“‘Qu’est-ce qu’on fout la!’ Quelques jour apres avoir pris le depart du Tour d’Afrique a velo, le 17 janvier, un concurrent doute deja. Sur le papier, cette course s’annonce comme un defi hors norme: partir du Caire, en Egypte, pour gagner Le Cap, en Afrique du Sud, soit courir 11,500 kilometres durant cent vingt jours.”Read Full Article

 

Abenteuer Und Reisen
May, 2006
“Extremsportler Stefan Schlett fuhr mit 30 anderen Radfreaks von Kairo nach Kapstadt. 12,000 Kilometer im Sattel. Wir begleiteten ihn auf den 100 Etappen der Tour d’Afrique, des langsten Radrennens der Welt.”Read Full Article

 

DH
January, 2007
“Depuis la mi-janvier, cinq cyclistes quebecois participent a l’evenement Tour d’Afrique. Ils franchiront les 12,000 km qui separent Le Caire, en Egypte, de Cape Town, en Afrique du Sud. Chaque participant s’est associe a une organisation caritative, et l’argent amasse sera remis a la fin de l’epreuve.”Read Full Article

Sport Revolver interview.
Sport Revolver October, 2003
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“6600 miles………..do not forget to ask time off from your boss.”
-Sports Illustrated October 14, 2002

“Do you think you are hard enough?”
-Mountain Bike Rider October 2002

“Hardest Bike Race Ever?”
-Mountain Biking UK October 2002

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

The Sunday Argus May 13, 2007
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Dinsdag January 30, 2007
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Dinsdag January 16, 2007
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Friend Honoring Legacy off 9/11 victim “I am also trying to show kids and everybody that whatever it is you want to do, if you put your mind to it, you can do it.”

Philadelphia Daily News December 17, 2003
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A ride on the Wild Side “Africa has a history of road racing, but had not seen anything like this.”
-The Independent Sunday, 16 November 2003

The Globe and Mail October 9, 2003
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“Amazing Race: Cyclists on the inaugural Tour d’Afrique from Cairo to Cape town ride across a continent where there is more to be discovered the slower they go.”

Vancouver Sun August 9, 2003
Martin Sander interview.

Hamburger Abendblatt June 15, 2003
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The Toronto Star December 26, 2002
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“Like the Tour de France only much, much bigger.”
-National Post November 5, 2002
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“Seeing Africa Up Close From a Bike.”
-New York Times October 27,2002

“Calgarian to go coast to coast.”
-Calgary Herald October 8, 2002

“Het is de langste en moeilijkste fietsrace van alle tijden.”
-De Telegraaf September 14, 2002

“African Epic”
-Cycling Weekly September 14, 2002

“Unlike the Tour de France, the Tour d’ Afrique will be open to anyone over 18 able to pass a basic medical.”
-The Sunday Telegraph August 25, 2002

“It’s the longest and most difficult bicycle race of all time.”
-Glasgow Herald August 24, 2002

The International Herald Tribune reports on Tour d’Afrique. From Cairo to Cape Town on two wheels.

“Cyclists test their mettle in a 120-day race from Cairo to Cape Town.”
-The Globe and Mail June 8, 2002
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OTHER MEDIA

Four Canadians are among a group of cyclists who have made it into the Guinness Book of Records for the “fastest human-powered crossing of the (African) continent.”
-Canoe Internet Network November 2003

Bicycle race across Africa ends with 33 winners “But the real winner is probably Africa. Most of the riders say they are returning home with a new view of the continent.”
-CTV News May 18, 2003