Rider Profile: Peter Hille (Full Tour)
Where did you hear about the TDA and why did you join?
I googled “cycling Africa” and one of the first hits was the Tour d’Afrique.
Why did you google “cycling Africa”?
Cycle travelling is the best way to get to know people and so I joined the tour!
Why did you choose to go with the Tour d’Afrique and not on your own?
I didn’t dare! If you do it on your own, you need more time and I loved the idea to make it in four months with a support network. As a journalist I also have the opportunity to do my work while on tour. I work for Duetsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster.
So I’m interviewing an interviewer?
Yes, I ask people along the road what they expect from DW’s program in their country , what they like about it and what we can improve. I also contribute to DWs radio programme while on tour. And I have a blog ( blogs.dw.de/cairotocapetown ) as well.
How is it to be a journalist on tour?
The main challenges are internet access and charging & powering the equipment. I was surprised, though, by the mobile networks in Africa! They are existent and surprisingly fast. We have 3G sometimes, mostly in big cities, at least decent GPRS connection on most days on tour. I often charge my equipment on rest days.
Favourite PVM bar?
While editing I often chew a Choc Nut bar. In the beginning I found them awful, but now I really like them as desert.
What impressed you most on tour so far?
I found it very impressive to be invited to a home in southern Sudan, I was invited by a local woman to her home. It was a really remote area, right in the middle of nowhere. She told me the newest results from the Africa Cup of Nations! That was a cultural shock for me, I didn’t expect this connectedness of people in such remote areas.
Did she add you on Facebook already?
No, not yet!
— Benjamin Georg