The Tour’s mandate is to:
1. cross Africa by human power and to experience its beauty and diversity from the best seat in the house – your bicycle seat
2. create a unique athletic endurance event for both amateurs and professionals
3. give something back to Africa by raising funds for bicycle donations to community health & development groups and,
4. to raise consciousness about bicycles as an alternative and appropriate means of transport.
The Tour features 94 cycling days or stages, averaging 123 km each, broken up by 24 rest days and 2 days of ferry boat travel for a total of 120 days in traversing Africa from north to south. Stages range from 80 km on rough terrain to more than 180 km on the best paved roads.
The route takes us through ten countries (see The Route page for detailed map) and past such African landmarks as the Pyramids, the Sahara Desert, Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Malawi, Victoria Falls, Okovango Delta, and the Kalahari and Namib deserts.
A previous participant reflected in a Globe and Mail article:
Like summiting Everest, trekking to the South Pole or running the Grand Canyon Ultra Marathon, the Tour d’Afrique has become one of those mythical goals on which a small, but feverishly determined, portion of humanity chooses to fixate. Part race, part expedition, part social experiment, part madness, it is one of those things you have to go through to fully understand.