Tour d'Afrique

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Tour d'Afrique is one of the longest bicycle races and expeditions in the world. It is organised by Tour d'Afrique Ltd. a Canadian company based in Toronto. It runs each year from January to May, from Cairo to Cape Town. Most of the participants are expedition riders who cover each day at their own pace, stopping in the villages and roadside cafes. The racing format is that of a stage race (~100 stages varying from 40 km to 200 km). There are about 20 rest days.[1] The organisers prepare three meals every day and transport tents and other equipment the riders need for the night stops.

The 2003 Tour d'Afrique set a Guinness World Record for fastest crossing of Africa by bicycle and this was achieved by nine participants of the race, Michael Kennedy, Chris Evans, Dave Genders (all UK), Paul Reynaert (Belgium), Jeremy Wex, Steve Topham, Scotty Robinson, Andrew Griffin (all Canada) and Sascha Hartl (Austria). The 2008 Tour d'Afrique did not cross Kenya due to the political situation and reported violence.

Start km Finish Winner First female Countries on route
2003-01-18 10 967 2003-05-18 Sascha Hartl,
 Austria
Marie-Claude Baehler,
  Switzerland
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa
2004-01-17 11 750 2004-05-15 Rob Van der Geest,
 Netherlands
Sandra Simon,
 Austria
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
2005-01-15 11 786 2005-05-15 Kim Bremer,
 Denmark
Francziska Morger,
  Switzerland
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
2006-01-14 11 900 2006-05-13 Matt Caretti,
 United States
Joan Louwrens,
 South Africa
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
2007-01-13 11 900 2007-05-12 Adrie Frijters,
 Netherlands
Eva Nijssen,
 Netherlands
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
2008-01-12 10 700 2008-05-10 Jos Kaal,
 Netherlands
Deb Corbeil,
 Canada
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi,
Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
2009-01-10 11 777 2009-05-09 Allan Benn,
 South Africa
Taryn Laurie,
 South Africa
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
2010-01-10 11 844 2010-05-15 Stuart Briggs,
 Australia
Gisela Gartmair,
 Germany
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
2011-01-15 11 718 2011-05-14 Paul Wolfe,
 Canada
Tori Fahey,
 Canada
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
2012-01-14 11 693 2012-05-12 Christian Sailer,
  Switzerland
Femke Nelissen,
 Netherlands
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
2013-01-11 [2] 11 718 2013-05-11 Pascal Duquette,
 Canada
Bridget O'Meara,
 South Africa
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

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