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Tom Woodard

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Tom Woodard

I'm cycling Cairo to Cape Town over 4 months to raise money for the Cycle Smart Foundation

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I purchased my first road bike 14 years ago and joined a 10-day ride organised by this charity. I was probably more daunted by that ride then than I am now as I had no significant cycling experience. That was also the last time I rode for charity. Over the last few years I have built up my cycling confidence to tackle what must be one of the biggest adventures going. The unknown factors are what will it be like to be on a bike for 4 months, camping in parts of Africa that are desert where we will have no access to running water or sanitation for days on end and where the temperature could exceed 40°C. Therein lies the challenge and adventure. I’m grateful to the support of Mandy, my wife and family to allow me to undertake this challenge.

Event details

Tour d'Afrique

On the 7th January 2018 I'll be joining 30 fellow adventurers to cycle just over 7,000 miles through 10 African countries; Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. This is a fully supported trip run by TDA global cycling, All I have to do is ride my bike and put up my tent each day. The Chinese have been busy tarmacking over Africa which means only 15% of our route is dirt or gravel roads, although a lot of the tarmac is heavily potholed. We’ll be covering 80 miles a day on average, days on tarmac will be longer and hopefully shorter days on gravel. Our longest day is 129 miles in Botswana and we’ll reach 3,100 metres in the Ethiopian highlands. It’s not all cycling; we do get rest days in places of interest and capital cities plus a 3 day excursion in the remote Omo valley in Ethiopia.

Event date

07-January-2018 00:00  - 
05-May-2018 00:00

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Event already started


Fantastic effort. Keep it up.
Donation by Dr Keith
on 18-03-2018
£50.00 gift aid
Sounds like an amazing trip - Well done Tom.
Donation by Adam & Amanda Gibbon
on 04-03-2018
£7.50 gift aid
Am in total awe of your challenge. Keep pedalling! Am enjoying reading your blogs. Good luck as you continue down Africa.
Donation by Susan & Nigel Fotherby
on 01-02-2018
£5.00 gift aid
I hope you are not looking for a bath when you get to Cape Town!
Donation by Keith & Carol
on 31-01-2018
£25.00 gift aid
Best of luck for the rest of the adventure.
Donation by Steve Crank (FBOB)
on 27-01-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Goodness Tom it is so tiring hearing about your journey. We are with you in spirit. Martin hopes your saddle is comfortable xx
Donation by Sue and Martin
on 26-01-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Great work Tom Keep going
Donation by Stephen Ericson & Family
on 25-01-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Fantastic Tom!
Donation by Sheelagh and Abbie
on 21-01-2018
£7.50 gift aid
Great start Tom......may the wind always be at your back! Loving the blog and fab pics......can we get more info on your fellow riders? Keep pedalling and enjoy the rest days.
Donation by The Baxters
on 19-01-2018
£7.50 gift aid
Well done Tom
Donation by Michael Bullen
on 16-01-2018
£12.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £2,550.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £2,550.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £2,711.25

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