Transaid is returning to Africa for its 11th cycle challenge on the continent and is calling on keen riders to take part in a six-day, 474km ride across Kenya – where the charity is currently undertaking a major project funded by the FIA Foundation.
Taking place from 4 – 13 October 2024, the international development organisation invites riders from across the transport and logistics industry on this one-of-a-kind adventure, where they’ll travel from Nyeri at the foothills of Mount Kenya to Lake Victoria – all on two wheels.
Along the way, participants will experience Kenya’s lush, mountainous countryside, and stunning, expansive panoramas. A country renowned for its diverse wildlife and safari, there is also the opportunity to spot giraffes, zebras, buffalos and more, as the route includes a game conservation and acres of bushland.
Riders will cover an average of 79km per day (49 miles), with two consecutive days including challenging ascents – to viewpoints 2,550m above sea level. Worth the gruelling ride, they’ll be rewarded with incredible landscapes across The Great Rift Valley.
Last year a group of 40 riders completed a 505km cycling challenge across Malawi, whilst the 2023 cycle challenge – celebrating the organisation’s silver jubilee – is following a three-day London to Paris route in September.
Florence Bearman, Transaid head of fundraising, said: "After moving our cycle challenge to Europe for a year, we’re excited to be returning to Africa – and what better place to do it than Kenya.
"Not only does this ride offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the country off the beaten track, but also the knowledge you’re raising vital funds for much-needed road safety and access to health services.”
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Aligning with Transaid’s focus of transforming lives through safe, available and sustainable transport, fundraising earned from the challenge will help to support the organisation’s life-saving work, which currently spans projects in eight countries across sub-Saharan Africa.
Entries are encouraged from individuals and teams alike. A registration fee of £399 is required, with a minimum fundraising target of £4,150.
The package includes flights (London – Nairobi – London), airport transfers, accommodation with meals, access to support vehicles, two local cycling guides to lead the tour, plus the support of a doctor always travelling with the group.
To sign up to the challenge, or to request more information, please contact Anna Giavedoni on +44 (0)20 7387 8136 or via email at email@example.com.