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West Africa en Vélo

West Africa en Vélo

West Africa en Vélo

A mystical expedition from the Casbah to the Ashanti Kingdom

RIDERS AND STAFF

Maxime Dionne

Leader

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Maxime Dionne

Leader
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

"Travelling, moving, waking up every day in a new place means I have a thousand memories of different homes all around the world."

I used to work in an office developing softwares in Quebec City and one day I decided to quit that lifestyle. Being able to take only a trip or two per year wasn’t enough anymore—I needed to travel full time. In 2013, I bought a bicycle (that's right, I only had one from Canadian Tire at the time, but I quickly concluded a Surly LHT would better fit my needs) and went on my first bike tour, solo, starting from home and riding through Canada, the US, and Haiti. A year later, I was in Vancouver looking for a job and someone told me about TDA and their recruitment ad for Australia. I applied, bought an airline ticket to meet TDA in Adelaide, and the following month I was enjoying my new outdoor office from the saddle of my bike!

An incredible country I've cycled through is Haiti. The scenery is stunning and every 100 kilometres is an adventure, but best of all is the local folklore. I have many stories about this mysterious country and one of my favourites is about the werewolf living on the island. The Haitian werewolf is a shape-shifter able to impersonate any animal. It transforms at night—any night, even if there's no moon—and is always looking to feast on human flesh. The only way to avoid an assured death at this creature’s hands is to sleep in a house with a roof. I like to bush camp while cycling and Haiti was no different. I would sleep out in my sleeping bag in the mountains or on the beach, sometimes in my tent, sometimes under the stars. Every night the locals would warn me about the werewolf, genuinely worried I’d be eaten as I slept. Some invited me into their homes, and once a group of five friends volunteer to check on me every hour of the night. People were surprised every morning I woke up alive and some started to believe the werewolf didn't have an appetite for strangers.

There are a few reasons I like to travel so much: for one thing, I always want to have new adventures and face new challenges. And I love discovering new things—food, stories, places, people, cultures … you name it! With TDA, any and everything can happen—we’re constantly exploring the globe and we introduce fresh tours every year. As you can imagine, scouting and leading tours fulfill my desire for the new to perfection.

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Dehon Ninon Cedric Ainarime

Assistant Leader

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Dehon Ninon Cedric Ainarime

Assistant Leader
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Madagascar

Dehon ,25 years old National tourist guide in Madagascar

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Douglas Percival

Bike Mechanic

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Douglas Percival

Bike Mechanic
Casablanca to Cape Coast

South Africa

Flinging spanners, clicking gears, juggling bike spares & creating working bikes from the disasters that get placed in my work stand. See you guys at the next crazy location.

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Sharita van der Merwe

Leader

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Sharita van der Merwe

Leader
Casablanca to Cape Coast

South Africa

“The thing I love most about my job is watching the social dynamics unfold.”

For as long as I can remember I’ve been stripping, fixing, and riding bicycles. As well, I knew from a young age I wanted to explore, travel, and see the world—my dream at one time was to fly airplanes. However, it wasn’t long before I realized that flying in a straight line from point A to point B wasn’t for me!

When I left school I had no direction, no idea of where I wanted to be or what I wanted to do, once my dream of flying died. In 2003, I saw a magazine ad of a bunch of cyclists lined up in front of the Giza pyramids and I became hooked on the idea of doing that but I had to choose between taking a four-month cycling trip across Africa or going to Warriors Boot Camp to get educated. I chose Warriors and the programme equipped me for life by giving me a solid foundation. There, I was free to discover and explore who I was and to test physical and mental endurance. Having my attitude and my comfort zone constantly pushed readied me for all sorts of real-world challenges. I stayed at Warriors for three years, then cycled solo across Africa when I was 22 years old. In 2009, I landed the job as TDA’s assistant tour director on the Cairo to Cape Town trip—and the rest is history.

Ever since, Africa has been my baby and my favourite. I’ve worked on other tours—the Silk Route, the Bamboo Road, Ruta Maya, Magical Madagascar—but Africa is my full-time project and has lately included TDA’s complex tour of West Africa.

I’m based in beautiful Cape Town; when I’m not here, I’m scouting, exploring, problem-solving somewhere in the world and revelling in the adventure of being alive.

TDA has taken me to 80 countries and my most incredible off-the-beaten-track expedition was the West Africa scout in 2017, especially Guinea—I’d never been to a place so remote, rough or wild. I fell in love with Africa all over again on that trip. The stories are epic and endless!

There’s never a dull moment with TDA, because you absolutely never know what’s going to happen next.

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Colleen Gordon

Chef

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Colleen Gordon

Chef
Casablanca to Cape Coast

South Africa

Cape Town born and bred. Bird and wildlife enthusiast. Been guiding for 8 years. Very excited for this new adventure.

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Lezinda Rossouw

Driver

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Lezinda Rossouw

Driver
Casablanca to Cape Coast

South Africa

Namibian born who grew up on the farm. This is were my love for the outdoors started. Looking forward to this adventure!

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Errol Venter

Chef

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Errol Venter

Chef
Casablanca to Cape Coast

South Africa

Hi im Errol. Some of you will know me from TDA,ill be joining as cook on this tour ,hope there wont be too many challenges but that would be unlike a TDA tour.

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Tom Searle

Medic

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Tom Searle

Medic
Casablanca to Cape Coast

United Kingdom

Hi I'm Tom and I'll be one of the medics in the crew helping to make the tour as safe and fun as possible. I am an Emergency Doctor working in Brighton, UK. I've lived and trained in the UK my whole life, slipping away to various corners of the globe when possible to indulge my passions of cycling, climbing, hiking and remote area medicine. I'm extremely excited to be joining the team for this unique tour and looking forward to meeting the group. Remember your malaria prophylaxis!

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Sophie DeGroot

Communications

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Sophie DeGroot

Communications
Casablanca to Cape Coast

United States

TDA combines two of my favorite passions - cycling and travel! For a long time, I have been a firm believer that cycle touring is the best way to experience the world. After working as Assistant Tour Director on the Tour d'Afrique this spring, I cannot wait to see what West Africa has in store for us! I will be acting as Communications Officer for the tour so you will get to know me, and my camera, from the bike seat and over Errol's homemade meals!

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Annegrete Warrer

Rider

Casablanca to Dakar

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Annegrete Warrer

Rider
Casablanca to Dakar

Denmark

India 2011, Rome 2012, South Asia 2013, Indonesia+Australia 2014, South America 2015, Madagascar 2017 - now it's finally time for Africa although only Marocco, Mauritania and Senegal. Looking forward to test my present abilities surviving another expedition - hope for a little help from my friends of whom there seem to be quite some on this very challenging tour. Looking forward to meet you guys again.. For the people I still have not met: Danish, living in St. Anton, Austria, 64 years of age.. More of a skier than a cyclist..

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Per Sörner

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Per Sörner

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Sweden

Freelance engineer, musician and reality hacker from the Swedish west coast. Currently on an indefinite sabbatical to explore life, the universe and everything. I find expedition cycling a good way to practise living in the present, enjoy a "simple" life, fill up with new impressions and stretch the edge of my comfort zone. Previous TdA experience: Hong Kong to Bangkok (Bamboo Road premiere 2013), Bali to Alice Springs (Trans-Oceania premiere 2014), Quito to Cusco (SAE 2015), Ulan Bator to Gorno-Altaysk (Silk Route 2016).

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michael howard

Rider

Dakhla to Freetown

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michael howard

Rider
Dakhla to Freetown

United Kingdom

I have been cycling on and off since I joined a North London UK cycling club when I was 15. Since then I have 2 children one of whom convinced me to try Tour De Afrique. Due to business reasons I could only cycle from Khartoum to Addis Ababa. I was hooked, tow years later and here we are again. I am training whenever I can

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Mike Carter

Rider

Dakar to Cape Coast

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Mike Carter

Rider
Dakar to Cape Coast

Canada

Currently living in Victoria, BC, Earth. This is my Fourth trip with TDA and my second time cycling in Africa. I'm looking forward to meeting you all on the trip! Cheers, Mike

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Joseph Lee

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Joseph Lee

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

I love to travel, and bicycle touring is my preferred way to see the world. I survived TDA's Indian Adventure and the Ruta Maya, so this is my next step. In the late '80s I travelled overland from Tunis to Cape Town, mostly hitchhiking. A return to Africa is long overdue. I have travelled lots, but my list of places to visit never gets any shorter. I became a teacher, mainly because of the holidays, and am now semi-retired, doing occasional teaching in between travels.

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Dean Murray

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Dean Murray

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

United States

Retired from engineering (Stanford and A/E firms) in 2015 and have been doing cycling trips since, including Newfoundland, Ruta Maya, Australia Tour de Roo, and AC Great Divide Canada to Mexico. Cycling trips much more fun than yard and house repairs in San Jose CA. Try to do 2 major trips each year to different parts of the world. Not been a traveler until now.

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Huberte Lanteigne

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Huberte Lanteigne

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

TdA 2006

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Marie-Josée Vasseur

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Marie-Josée Vasseur

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

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Caroline Derouet

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Caroline Derouet

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

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Eleanor Patterson

Rider

Freetown to Cape Coast

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Eleanor Patterson

Rider
Freetown to Cape Coast

Australia

Rode the Ruta Maya tour in 2015 and loved it. This tour looks just as challenging and interesting and with a heap of Ruta Maya riders already signed up, there wasn't an option not to register. Shame I won't be able to do the whole tour but hopefully will be able to do 1 or 2 sections.

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David Dennis

Rider

Freetown to Cape Coast

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David Dennis

Rider
Freetown to Cape Coast

Australia

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Stephen Warren

Rider

Casablanca to Dakhla

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Stephen Warren

Rider
Casablanca to Dakhla

United States

I am a professor of Earth Science (atmospheric physics and glaciology) in Seattle, now partly retired. I rode three weeks of the TdA Silk Route in 2016, from Siberia through Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan; I was usually the slowest rider. I crossed the Sahara in 1977 rather quickly by truck with a trans-Africa camping-safari. Now I'm looking for a more leisurely crossing.

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Michel Savoie

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Michel Savoie

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

This will be my seventh trip with TDA. I like to travel on a bike with other cyclists like me.

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ray harder

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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ray harder

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

United States

i am a 71 year old male from missouri, usa. i have ridden on bike tours across the us, and this will be my third out of country. i speak a little spanish at the intermediate level but no french or arabic... i am looking forward to this trip... good to see a lot of international riders... and several alumni of tda sa 2015... ray

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Erwin Attenberger

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Erwin Attenberger

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Germany

Hi, I´m Erwin, already 64, retired. My first long tour was TDA 2014, where I went from Khartoum to Nairobi and on my own through Uganda, back to Kenia and from there down to Southafrica, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique. 2015 I was riding from Alexandria to Cairo and with TDA from Cairo to Khartoum, what was not possible in 2014. 2015 I went through central america on my own and with TDA I succeeded in the South American Epic. After the Hippie Trail through fascinating India and the Silk Route I shortly came back from the Bamboo Road Hanoi to Singapore. Looking forward to meet you on the next tour with TDA.

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Kim Payne

Rider

Freetown to Cape Coast

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Kim Payne

Rider
Freetown to Cape Coast

New Zealand

Self Employed Travel Agent which makes things slightly easier by being able to have a mobile office. Can we ensure the WIFI is great on this leg please? I've managed to do sections of Ruta Maya 15, TDA 17, and now this. I have also signed up for West Africa. Ticking sections off slowly Now to get a new bike. I'm sick of the mountain bike! Cyclo cross is where it's at.

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Trixie Wagner

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Trixie Wagner

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Germany

I am a German citizen but live and work in Switzerland. After having survived Ruta Maya I am looking forward to topping this experience in West Africa!

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Kevin Hall

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Kevin Hall

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Australia

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Steve Winter

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Steve Winter

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

New Zealand

Originally from New Zealand I spent ten years living in the UK before moving to Latvia where I'm currently living. Always up for a challenge or adventure riding through West Africa seems like it should be for me...!

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Rider

Casablanca to Dakar

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Rider
Casablanca to Dakar

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Rider

Casablanca to Dakar

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Rider
Casablanca to Dakar

Canada

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Eriberto Roana

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Eriberto Roana

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Italy

Questo è il mio secondo TDA, nel 2010 ho fatto il Coast to Coast Los Angeles-New York, nel 2015 SudAmerican Epic, nel 2017 Il Great Divide, adesso andiamo ad affrontare questa nuova avventura e felice di incontrare alcuni ciclisti del SAE 2015.

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Erin Miller

Rider

Freetown to Cape Coast

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Erin Miller

Rider
Freetown to Cape Coast

Canada

I am a physiotherapist currently pursuing a PhD in rehabilitation sciences. I completed multiple sections of Tour D'Afrique in 2017 (from Nairobi, Kenya to Windhoek, Namibia). I had a fantastic time cycling in Africa on my previous tour so I am returning to continue the adventure this time in West Africa! I am looking forward to seeing a few old friends from my previous tour, as well as making many new friends. See you in 2018!

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Thomas Eldner

Rider

Freetown to Cape Coast

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Thomas Eldner

Rider
Freetown to Cape Coast

Switzerland

guy from Lucerne

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Rider

Casablanca to Freetown

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Rider
Casablanca to Freetown

Australia

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Jessica Moyer

Rider

Dakar to Cape Coast

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Jessica Moyer

Rider
Dakar to Cape Coast

Australia

Half Australian, half Canadian, living in South Africa for the past 12 years and have traveled to 77 countries. So probably the textbook definition of "nomad" ;-) Riding to raise money for animal rescue charity www.backabuddy.co.za/west-africa-by-bike-for-paws-r-us

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Kevin McAleer

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Kevin McAleer

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

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andré marcoux

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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andré marcoux

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

back on the road again, after africa,china italy,new zealand, west africa is the next one . see you in casablanca ,without the tandem this time !!

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Daniel Johnson

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Daniel Johnson

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

United States

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italo mazza

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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italo mazza

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Italy

Hi everybody!! My name is Italo Mazza. I was born in Italy 69 years ago, I’m married and I have one son (31). I worked for an international company and we had ( with my family) the opportunity to live in different countries ( Argentina, Australia, Germany and Hungary); now it is ten years I’m retired. My passion is alpinism and I made several interesting climbs: Cho Oyo in Tibet (8.200mt), Muztagh Ata in China (7.550mt), Satopanth in India ( 7.100mt), Spantik Peak in Pakistan ( 7.050mt), Aconcagua in Argentina ( 6.960mt) etc. and several long treks. In 2011 I started to bike and I have been to Patagonia (Argentina and Chile) from Bariloche to Ushuaia, in Mongolia, 2012 in Australia from Darwin to Adelaide, 2013 in Africa from Cairo to Cape Town, 2014 in Asia from Shanghai to Istanbul, 2015 in Europe from Capo Passero ( south tip of Italy) to North Cape alone, in 2016 South America from Quito to Bariloche.

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Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

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Marco Panebianco

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

 

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Switzerland

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Patrick Scott

Rider

Dakhla to Dakar

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Patrick Scott

Rider
Dakhla to Dakar

United States

I'm a travel writer and former New York Times business editor who left the U.S. five years ago, and my wife and I are still exploring the fascinating world. We lived in London and Cairo each for two years and now we're loosely based in Southeast Asia. I've done a couple of Ironman races but don't cycle regularly these days, since I don't have a bike. I'll be securing one from my cycling pals in Cairo. I mostly swim, open water when I can, and I recently took up freediving. I worked for 20 years at The Charlotte Observer and grew up in Scranton, Pa. We have two daughters, who live in Denver and New York.

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Hanne Renland

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Hanne Renland

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Norway

I discovered this fascinating lifestyle last year as a section rider on Tour d'Afrique Egypt-Rwanda. My fascination of this way of riding/living made me cycle through Norway last summer and through Tanzania last November. Now I look forward for a new adventure. I live in a small town in the nothern part of Norway, where I work as a psychologist. Beside my work I am running an aid project in the south-west of Tanzania.

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David Jones

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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David Jones

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

Looking forward to joining the TDA group for their last stage.

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Mimi Viviers

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Mimi Viviers

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

South Africa

I'm an avid mountain biker & love being outdoors appreciating nature. I have done many multi-stage races in SA, Namibia & Kenya & joined the 2016 Td'A team for the last leg from Windhoek to Cape Town (my home town). On this trip I met my partner Dave and we are keen to do the full West Africa tour together.

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Clive Rogers

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Clive Rogers

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

United Kingdom

To celebrate my 50th year in 2008 I participated in the Tour D’Afrique. This was my first tour with TDA and the friends I made while crossing the Continent along with the experiences both good and bad, have been with me every day since. At the end of the Tour, like many others I found it hard to adjust back to “normal” life, so within a short time I headed of to America for my first solo tour from New York to Los Angeles, which was about as different an experience from the African tour as you can get. Since then over the years I have criss crossed Europe several times including a ride from North Cape to Warsaw, John O’groats to Lands End twice, E2E New Zealand and in 2017 completed my second crossing of USA via the Southern Tier. This year as part of my 60th celebrations, I’m setting out on 18th June to cross Canada, followed by 3 week tour of Ireland before joining the West Africa en Velo. Im looking forward to this Pioneering adventure, making new friends and hopefully seeing some old ones.

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Henny Thoolen

Rider

Dakar to Freetown

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Henny Thoolen

Rider
Dakar to Freetown

Netherlands

Hi, I am Henny from Holland. Used to riding bikes. Normally against the wind in the morning and against the wind - again - in the evening. Holland's highest mountain is 600 meter and I am living about 6 meters under see level. Looking forward to bike in Africa. I trust this tour will be more 'succesfull' then our last bike tour in Cape Town. About 40 000 bikers could not start because the storm was so hard that bikes were flying around. Tell you more on the way.

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Joost Kramer

Rider

Dakar to Freetown

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Joost Kramer

Rider
Dakar to Freetown

Netherlands

Hi, I am about to embark on my third TDA (sectional) tour and as excited to do so as was the first time. Being Dutch I was raised using a bicycle to get to places, and I still do. What always will be a challenge is the hot weather and hills as those both lack here in The Netherlands.

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Rider

Freetown to Cape Coast

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Rider
Freetown to Cape Coast

Canada

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Bob Whitehead

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Bob Whitehead

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

United Kingdom

Bob Whitehead Age: 71 Profession: Retired Chartered Civil Engineer Resident in Hong Kong: 29 years I was attracted to join my first bike tour in 2012 with Tour d’Afrique by the prospect of long distance adventure cycling in intriguing and sometimes remote and hostile environments. This was their Silk Road tour. Some time later, when I saw their South American bike tour advertised, I was immediately attracted back to do my second long distance tour. And when fully payed up late in 2013, I became totally committed, motivated and almost ready to go! It now looks as if I have to fit bike touring into my already full & active lifestyle in future! So where have I come from? I’m a retired civil engineer living in rural Hong Kong, where there is such a great variety of outdoor activities locally on the doorstep, from trail and gorge running to sailing and paragliding. It’s also a good hub from which to take off to countries in the region and indulge in skiing, trekking and even simply just travelling! When one is still fit, why would you want to leave Hong Kong, even after 27 years? As for what else got me into cycling……..Well, I’ve been a trail runner for most of my time here in HK and reached the top level in my age category in cross-country, long distance trail running and mountain marathons at the ripe old age of 55. Then, after a few years, I decided to take after the great ultra-marathon runner, Marshall Ulrich, and diversify. This, as a way to keep motivated. It started with adventure racing and along with a team mate, we travelled around SE Asia competing at the top level for a number of years. Mountain biking was an important discipline and to help with my bike fitness, I brought my trusty 30-year old Carlton Gyro road bike over from the UK as my training steed. This had to go back recently to be sandblasted and painted after suffering from the ravages of Hong Kong's humidity for 10-years. Then in 2010, we competed in the Scottish Coast to Coast adventure race, for which I purchased a 16-speed cyclo-cross bike. I decided to "tour" back along the route over 5-days. This started me thinking about doing a "proper" bike tour and since I possessed a book about the Silk Road, such a bike tour loomed high on the agenda. I had also picked up a couple of books in a second hand bookshop back home in England. They were travel books on Morocco and Yunnan province in China. Glancing through those I rediscovered trekking, something I had experienced years before in Nepal in the early ‘80s. So long distance bike touring and high altitude trekking have been the focus for the last 3-years or so. In 2012, it was the Silk Road for 10-weeks for which I set up my mountain bike with road transmission components. In May 2013, I completed two solo treks in Morocco each based on the two highest peaks of Toubkal and Mgoun, both a little over 4000 metres. And in May 2014, it was the Big Kora, a Pilgrims circumnavigation of three 6000-metre peaks in western China involving seven mountain passes of up to 4700m. Late in 2014, I completed a 5-day tour in Devon, UK on my cyclo-cross bike. This with a view to tackling LEJOG, a bike challenge of 970 miles taking in the UK from bottom to top (SW to NE). I needed to test out my gearing for the many hills on LEJOG. The idea was to take in LEJOG as a warm up for the SA Epic. The part of the LEJOG in Devon has the toughest hills on the whole LEJOG route, so this was an ideal testing ground for my equipment and gearing. And the result? I straight-away ordered a new MTB cassette and new rear changer for the bike! As for LEJOG, well I completed this in 12-days after Easter 2015 …….. and still had to walk up a number of the hills! For the South American Epic, starting in July 2015, I decided to take my mountain bike, which had proved very successful and trouble free on the Silk Road. I felt it more suitable and comfortable for the longer distances and longer climbs. Meanwhile I'm still running. And having discovered the value of training and recovery mixed in with various lifestyle changes, I've managed to continue competing competitively in the vets categories in Hong Kong up to the present time. And I'm counting on my running fitness to help me with my upcoming bike tour of West Africa!

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Paul ten Brummelhuis

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Paul ten Brummelhuis

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Netherlands

As former participant in the Tourdafrique ( in sections) and the Silkroute (2016) and the first section to Calgary together with my daughter Lieke, I'll do now Westafrica en Velo.

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Philippa Jeacocke

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Philippa Jeacocke

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

United Kingdom

Hi everyone. My name is Philippa and I will be the team medic along with Tom. I'm a GP trainee back home in the UK and have worked abroad in a variety of settings. I love exploring the world from the seat of a bicycle! I have done a few cycle touring trips before, both solo and with friends, although this will be my first cycle trip outside of Europe which I am very excited about! Just to second Tom's advice: ***don't forget the all important malaria prophylaxis!***

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Rob Kerr

Rider

Dakar to Cape Coast

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Rob Kerr

Rider
Dakar to Cape Coast

Canada

I am a Canadian male, living in Oakville ON. I do a lot of cycling, play hockey 3 times a week and keep fit in the gym and doing yoga. I was born some time ago but I feel young. My bike trips include the Great Divide, Underground Railroad, big parts of the US east and west coasts, most of the Swiss passes and a trip through China. My only organized tours were in China and the first leg of the Great Divide. I have also done a lot of long-distance sailing and canoeing. I love exploring and the unpredictability that it entails. West Africa looks like a good fit.

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Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Casablanca to Cape Coast

United States

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Pieter van Rooyen

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Pieter van Rooyen

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

United States

TDA 2006

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Robert Gex

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Robert Gex

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Ireland

I have always loved to travel by bicycle, traveled around the world by bike for 2.5 years in my 20's... Now I take a solo trip every year for about one month. .

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Esen Küçüktütüncü

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Esen Küçüktütüncü

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Turkey

Hey everyone, I'm Esen from Istanbul, Turkey. I will be the videographer of the last 2 parts of Trans Europa tour 2018 then will be participating to the first edition of West Afrique. I'm a freelance photographer, videographer and a graphic designer. I'm fluent in English, French, German and currently learning Italian. To be frank, cycling isn't my forte but it's never too late to start from somewhere

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Rider

Dakar to Freetown

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Dakar to Freetown

Netherlands

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Dakar to Cape Coast

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Dakar to Cape Coast

Australia

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Dakar to Cape Coast

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Dakar to Cape Coast

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Kees Vlot

Rider

Dakar to Freetown

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Kees Vlot

Rider
Dakar to Freetown

Netherlands

36 years old, Born and raised in the Netherlands. Cycling has always been a greate love of mine, even have spend a few years doing competition racing. I think my love for traveling `of the beaten track` and my cycling pasion would make a greate match in this tour. Can`t wait!

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Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Hanns Fellenz

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Hanns Fellenz

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

Married 38 years, 4 children, 2 grandchildren. Retired CIO World traveler; 2 circumnavigations by air and train on 5 continents. TDA Epics x 2 (so far)

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Henry Gold

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Henry Gold

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

“Seeing the impact the tours have on participants gives me great satisfaction.”

I set up TDA in 2002 with the hope of creating a truly unique bicycle adventure in Africa, where I spent a significant amount of time in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The idea was to have fun but also to advocate for cycling and donate some bikes to health care workers in Africa.

I love seeing and experiencing the world so any new place to explore gives me great pleasure. My favorite experience has to be arriving in Cape Town on the inaugural Tour d’Afrique and proving to all the skeptics and naysayers that it could be done—because we did it.

Another story that sticks out was when I wasn’t feeling well in southern Tanzania and took a room in the Baptist Conference compound in order to be close to the toilet. I took my money belt off and put it on a chair. In the morning I put on my cycling clothes but forgot the belt. That afternoon arriving in camp I realized I’d left the belt behind. When I made my way back to the Baptist centre it was gone. Since it contained a substantial amount of money I reported the loss to the local police, who decided to investigate. They got a list of the people who worked at the centre and proceeded to go from house to house, ransacking each one. I felt sick to my stomach and asked them to stop but they refused. In the end, they took me to the police station, insisting they needed to write a report.

Afterwards, I took a local express bus, which actually stopped every couple of kilometres, loading and unloading dozens of people on and off a van that had nine seats. Eventually, the bus reached its destination but I needed to hire a taxi to get to the campsite. The taxi driver and I struck a price and off we went. After a while, the driver decided he’d driven far enough for the price and wanted to drop me in the middle of nowhere in the dark. I prodded him on and he continued for a bit before wanting to stop again; we repeated this exercise several times. Right as we neared the camp, the taxi’s motor died. I pushed the car to the side of the road and paid the agreed amount, adding a generous tip, but the driver was unhappy. It turned out there’d been a misunderstanding—I’d offered him $15 but he’d understood $50. The misunderstanding grew into a heated argument and drew a small crowd. Suddenly there was a huge bang and I felt a whoosh of air as if a bullet had just missed me—a truck without lights had hit the taxi full on. I was convinced people had also been hit but although the taxi had been demolished, no one was hurt. The next morning, one of the staff asked me if I recalled what I’d said after the bang. I didn’t so he reminded me, repeating what I’d said: “What a day I’m having.”

I love my job because it lets me cycle the world and because of the endless possibility for unique experience it affords me. I also derive immense satisfaction from seeing the way tour participants are affected. For most of them, our cycling tours are life-changers.

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Rider

Freetown to Cape Coast

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Rider
Freetown to Cape Coast

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Natalie Jacobson

Rider

Freetown to Cape Coast

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Natalie Jacobson

Rider
Freetown to Cape Coast

Australia

What can I say, I just like to ride. I've done a couple of tours in Aus and NZ, but this will undoubtedly be the most challenging physical and mental thing I have ever done. I've always wanted to go to Africa and I can't think of a better way to experience the continent than on bike. I can't wait!!!!!!

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Brian Fullerton

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Brian Fullerton

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

As this is potentially my farewell tour I intend to bring along and wear all the tda shirts I have received for the various sections I have done over the last 7 years. Have promised myself that I will train for this one.

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Jacqueline Nel

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Jacqueline Nel

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

South Africa

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle." Ernest Hemingway

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Svend Paulsen

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Svend Paulsen

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

Hi Since I retired from Teaching 9 years ago I have had the opportunity to travel with TDA . This will be my 6th trip. I enjoy meeting new travelers as well as reuniting with old friends . Together we see and experience the incredible wonders of the world first hand and up close . I look forward to seeing all of you on the Bamboo trip

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Maxime Dionne

Leader

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Maxime Dionne

Leader
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Canada

"Travelling, moving, waking up every day in a new place means I have a thousand memories of different homes all around the world."

I used to work in an office developing softwares in Quebec City and one day I decided to quit that lifestyle. Being able to take only a trip or two per year wasn’t enough anymore—I needed to travel full time. In 2013, I bought a bicycle (that's right, I only had one from Canadian Tire at the time, but I quickly concluded a Surly LHT would better fit my needs) and went on my first bike tour, solo, starting from home and riding through Canada, the US, and Haiti. A year later, I was in Vancouver looking for a job and someone told me about TDA and their recruitment ad for Australia. I applied, bought an airline ticket to meet TDA in Adelaide, and the following month I was enjoying my new outdoor office from the saddle of my bike!

An incredible country I've cycled through is Haiti. The scenery is stunning and every 100 kilometres is an adventure, but best of all is the local folklore. I have many stories about this mysterious country and one of my favourites is about the werewolf living on the island. The Haitian werewolf is a shape-shifter able to impersonate any animal. It transforms at night—any night, even if there's no moon—and is always looking to feast on human flesh. The only way to avoid an assured death at this creature’s hands is to sleep in a house with a roof. I like to bush camp while cycling and Haiti was no different. I would sleep out in my sleeping bag in the mountains or on the beach, sometimes in my tent, sometimes under the stars. Every night the locals would warn me about the werewolf, genuinely worried I’d be eaten as I slept. Some invited me into their homes, and once a group of five friends volunteer to check on me every hour of the night. People were surprised every morning I woke up alive and some started to believe the werewolf didn't have an appetite for strangers.

There are a few reasons I like to travel so much: for one thing, I always want to have new adventures and face new challenges. And I love discovering new things—food, stories, places, people, cultures … you name it! With TDA, any and everything can happen—we’re constantly exploring the globe and we introduce fresh tours every year. As you can imagine, scouting and leading tours fulfill my desire for the new to perfection.

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Annegrete Warrer

Rider

Casablanca to Dakar

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Annegrete Warrer

Rider
Casablanca to Dakar

Denmark

India 2011, Rome 2012, South Asia 2013, Indonesia+Australia 2014, South America 2015, Madagascar 2017 - now it's finally time for Africa although only Marocco, Mauritania and Senegal. Looking forward to test my present abilities surviving another expedition - hope for a little help from my friends of whom there seem to be quite some on this very challenging tour. Looking forward to meet you guys again.. For the people I still have not met: Danish, living in St. Anton, Austria, 64 years of age.. More of a skier than a cyclist..

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Per Sörner

Rider

Casablanca to Cape Coast

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Per Sörner

Rider
Casablanca to Cape Coast

Sweden

Freelance engineer, musician and reality hacker from the Swedish west coast. Currently on an indefinite sabbatical to explore life, the universe and everything. I find expedition cycling a good way to practise living in the present, enjoy a "simple" life, fill up with new impressions and stretch the edge of my comfort zone. Previous TdA experience: Hong Kong to Bangkok (Bamboo Road premiere 2013), Bali to Alice Springs (Trans-Oceania premiere 2014), Quito to Cusco (SAE 2015), Ulan Bator to Gorno-Altaysk (Silk Route 2016).

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michael howard

Rider

Dakhla to Freetown

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michael howard

Rider
Dakhla to Freetown

United Kingdom

I have been cycling on and off since I joined a North London UK cycling club when I was 15. Since then I have 2 children one of whom convinced me to try Tour De Afrique. Due to business reasons I could only cycle from Khartoum to Addis Ababa. I was hooked, tow years later and here we are again. I am training whenever I can

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Mike Carter

Rider

Dakar to Cape Coast

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Mike Carter

Rider
Dakar to Cape Coast

Canada

Currently living in Victoria, BC, Earth. This is my Fourth trip with TDA and my second time cycling in Africa. I'm looking forward to meeting you all on the trip! Cheers, Mike

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“Just do it! TDA is the most fantastic thing I have ever done in my life!”

“What’s not to enjoy? You are completely immersed in a foreign culture with great people, riding 60-140km daily (the roads and dirt tracks can be tough at times), interacting with the locals and seeing many sights. This is the way to truly get INTO a country. Make time and start pedalling.”

“Do you really want to experience Africa? Then maybe reconsider that cushy safari and sign up for TDA Global Cycling’s West Africa en Vélo tour, a deep dive into the continent.”

OVERVIEW WEST AFRICA EN VéLO 2018


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • SECTION 4
  • WEST AFRICA EN VéLO
  • ATLAS MOUNTAINS
  • DESERT COAST
  • FOUTA DJALON
  • COCONUT COAST
  • CASABLANCA TO CAPE COAST
  • CASABLANCA TO DAKHLA
  • DAKHLA TO DAKAR
  • DAKAR TO FREETOWN
  • FREETOWN TO CAPE COAST
  • OCT 12 TO DEC 22
  • OCT 12 TO OCT 28
  • OCT 30 TO NOV 11
  • NOV 15 TO NOV 27
  • NOV 30 TO DEC 22
  • USD 12900
  • USD 3800
  • USD 2900
  • USD 2900
  • USD 4900
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • WEST AFRICA EN VéLO
    • CASABLANCA TO CAPE COAST
    • OCT 12 TO DEC 22
    • 12900 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • ATLAS MOUNTAINS
    • CASABLANCA TO DAKHLA
    • Oct 12 - Oct 28
    • 3800 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • DESERT COAST
    • DAKHLA TO DAKAR
    • Oct 30 - Nov 11
    • 2900 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 3
    • FOUTA DJALON
    • DAKAR TO FREETOWN
    • Nov 15 - Nov 27
    • 2900 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 4
    • COCONUT COAST
    • FREETOWN TO CAPE COAST
    • Nov 30 - Dec 22
    • 4900 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour. This fee is in addition to the entry fee listed above and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$400 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details. Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

 

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