- Title: SOUTH AFRICA: Trans Africa cyclists arrive in Cape Town
- Date: 16th May 2010
- Summary: BLOUBERGSTRAND, SOUTH AFRICA (MAY 15, 2010) (REUTERS) TOUR D'AFRIQUE RIDERS POSING FOR A PICTURE ON A BEACH BEFORE HEADING TO CAPE TOWN SIGN BOARD ON HANDLE BAR OF BICYCLE SAYING, "CAIRO TO CAPE TOWN 100" WATER BOTTLE ON BICYCLE VARIOUS RIDERS PREPARING FOR THE FINAL LEG OF THE JOURNEY VARIOUS RIDERS ON ROAD TO CAPE TOWN VIEW OF TABLE MOUNTAIN WITH RIDERS IN FORMATION MORE OF RIDERS ON ROUTE TO CAPE TOWN
- Embargoed: 31st May 2010 13:00
- Location: South Africa
- Country: South Africa
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVA9NE0J8HAGWJ7118N0HOM1P4IA
- Story Text: Exhausted but jubilant, a group of entrepid cyclists pose for photographs on a South African beach near the end of their marathon journey from Cairo to Cape Town.
The annual Tour D'Afrique event saw around 60 cyclists from around the world cross the finish line in Cape Town on Saturday (May 15) having travelled about 12,000 kilometres on two wheels through 10 countries.
It's been dubbed the world's longest, toughest, bicycle event. It started in the Egyptian capital on January 16 and for four months the cyclists had to brave unpredictable weather and conditions ranging from desert to mountains and savannah, from blistering heat to freezing cold.
After Egypt the route took the entrants through Sudan, Ethiopia, kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and namibia before crossing into South Africa.
One of the finishers, Briton Wayne Woodward, summed it up.
"It daunting, it certainly was. There's so many steps in front you, there's so many things you had to do, so many mountains to climb, literally and physically," he said.
South African Jethro de Decker finished with a lasting impression of the continent he'd crossed.
"I remember friendly people, the fact how different Africa actually is to what people perceive it to be, it's so much friendlier, there's nothing dangerous about anywhere I've been. The most dangerous part was probably the highway into Cape Town," he joked.
The annual event began in 2003 and is open to individuals from 18 to 75.
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