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Daring cyclists on 6,000km odyssey now reach Makueni

In Summary

  • Tour meant to raise awareness on climate change and EAC integration.
  • They were flagged off in Dar on August 1 and will finish in Arusha, September.

A group of 80 cyclists who are on a 55-day 6,000km odyssey throughout East Africa are now in Makueni county.

The cyclists who’ve dubbed the odyssey Tour D’East Africa were received by Governor Kivutha Kibwana.

They started the journey on August 1 at Askari Monument in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The aim of the cycling safari is to “raise awareness on climate change in the region and spread the gospel of regional integration.”

“This resonates well with the vision of the founding fathers,” says Prof. Kibwana.

Dar-To-Arusha

After the Dar flag off, they rode into Kenya. Their next port of call is Uganda, followed by Rwanda, Burundi, and then back to Tanzania. The odyssey is expected to end on September 25 at the East African Community headquarters, in Arusha.

Cyclists
The event started in 2016 with only seven riders. It has grown in popularity and participants’ interest over the years. PHOTO/MAKUENI COUNTY

Tour D’East Africa, now the fourth edition, is organised by Campfire Logs Guild, a not-for-profit organization.  “Cycling has emerged as a reliable way to stay connected and keeping fit and healthy, as it stimulates and improves your heart, lungs and blood circulation, which is important in surviving the pandemic,” John Bosco Balongo, the CLG executive director is quoted as saying.

The cyclists are pedalling under the theme “Experience Africa, Integrate Humanity.” The event started in 2016 with only seven riders and eight crew.

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