Rider Profile: Claar Schwouwenaar Sectional rider – Khartoum to Addis
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What do you do with yourself at home?
I’m a project manager for the musical industry. I’m self employed… I work as a financial fundraiser director, and in education working with difficult Moroccan youngsters.
What made you want to sign up for TDA?
1. Wanted to go somewhere warm in February when it is cold in Holland.
2. My good friend Bastiaan van Meeteren talked me into it.
3. I worked hard last year and felt like I had earned a break!
How did you hear about TDA?
Through Bastiaan – I followed his blog on the internet and we met up a few times so that he could prepare me with what to expect… There are a lot of things he forgot to tell me! He didn’t’ tell me that I needed to take a torch… or a hammer. Or that a mountain bike would have been useful on the unpaved stretches and he didn’t tell me which gearing I should bring.
What do you miss most about home?
The night before I left my nephew Seni was born and I only got to see him for one hour. Also fresh home-made cappuccinos… and Dutch cheese!
What do you find the most challenging on tour?
Staying healthy. The cycling is as I expected. I knew I Was going to get sick and I have been but now it is time to start focussing on staying healthy again.
What do you like the most?
I like the group, I like the country and riding and the daily routine. At first it was like: get up at 6am? Why for heaven’s sake? Now I am getting used to it. I like trying to get to know everyone. I feel happy and cheerful. I love the group and love the staff- especially the Zimbabwe guys – they make me laugh a lot.
Is there anything that’s just taking up space in your locker?
Well I have a lot of dresses! And leggings. Clothing, I only need a tenth of what I brought with me!