For the past few months Junk Mail CEO, Gerald Corniel has been training to participate in the Tour d’Afrique. The Tour d’Afrique is a cycle race from from Cairo (in Egypt) to Cape Town (in South Africa). The tour will take the participants on a journey of 12,000 km through 10 countries. The Tour d’Afrique starts on the 16th of January 2010 and takes place over 120 days. The is comprised of 96 days of cycling (an average of 130 km per day), 22 resting days and 2 ferry crossing days. Competitor’s bodies and minds will be challenged with crossing / peddling past some of the most exotic places on earth, including Kilimanjaro, Victoria Falls and Lake Malawi. The Tour D’Afrique was first held in 2003.
The Tour d’Afrique Foundation is an integral part of the Tour d’Afrique company vision. The foundation was set up at the same time as the Tour d’Afrique Bicycle Race/Expedition to fulfill key elements of a mission: Firsty, to give something back to the people and the communities of the areas that the Tour d’Afrique passes through and Secondly, to raise consciousness about bicycles as an alternative and, in many ways, better and more beneficial means of transport. You can read more online about the Tour d’Afrique Foundation.
Gerald Corniel would like to thank everyone who donated bikes. So far he’s raised money for 93 bicycles. This will have an enormous impact to the communities that Tour d’Afrique is going to help. A bike can speed up the pace medicine deliveries in remote areas. If you can help Gerald Corniel with a donation for Tour d’Afrique please contact him. Even the smallest donation will help to sponsor a wheel, tyre or frame for a bicycle. Or get together with a few friends and offer one bike for 100 Euro! Make us proud!
We wish Gerald Corniel “Good Luck” with his upcoming journey. The race starts in front of the pyramids on Saturday the 16th of January 2010. Over the next 4 months Gerald Corniel will be sharing this incredible adventure through his blog. Technology will provide him with the tools to post images and text on an almost daily basis. You can visit Gerald Corniel’s African Ride blog for more information.