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Tour d'Afrique is one of the longest and toughest bicycle races and expeditions in the world. It runs each year from January to May following the epic Cairo to Cape Town route. Most of the participants are expedition riders who cover each day at their own pace, stopping in the villages and roadside cafes and immersing themselves in the local culture. The racing format is that of a stage race (~100 stages varying from 40km to 200km). There are about 20 rest days.[1]

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 Topsham, Scotty Robinson, Andrew Griffin (all Canada) and Sascha Harl (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
380:43:34
Taryn Laurie,
 South Africa
395:25.23
Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

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Tour d'Afrique Ltd. is a company based in Toronto, Canada, that offers trans-continental bicycle expeditions and races, including Tour d'Afrique. Founded in 2003 by Henry Gold and Michael de Jong, the company's mission is several-fold: To create cycling events that appeal to amateurs and professionals; to cross continents under human power; to give something back to the people and the communities in the areas that the tours pass through; to raise consciousness about bicycles as an alternative and more beneficial means of transport.

As Tour d'Afrique Ltd. has grown so too have its trans-continental bicycling expeditions. The Orient Express follows in the tracks of the legendary train journey from Paris to Istanbul. The 10,800 km Silk Route traces the footsteps of Marco Polo and Genghis Khan as a modern self-powered Silk Road caravan, spinning from Istanbul to Beijing. In 2009 the Vuelta Sudamericana was launched, with a 13,000 km odyssey from Rio de Janeiro to Quito.

The Tour d'Afrique Foundation is an integral part of the company's vision. Through the Foundation bicycles are donated to health care workers and community development groups in Africa and trees are planted to offset carbon.

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