Four brave handcyclists went straight from the OCC in George on to the five day, 557km Toer de Kaap. The route was beautiful but tough and skirted some of the most spectacular scenery South Africa has to offer including three mountain passes!
Climbing out of Mossel Bay on Sunday the rain caught the handcyclists just before they reached the N2, but it soon dried and the sun came out again. Once they were up the Garcia Pass, it was just hot all the way to Ladismith, where everyone cooled off on the swimming pool.
On the way to Ladismith we pulled into a seemingly deserted farmhouse we had visited the year before for lunch. The farmer drove up and told us he had been out shooting boomslang. We got out of there in record time and took up his kind offer to have lunch under the trees at his farmhouse 2km further on, with more shade and fewer boomslangs!
The road to Oudtshoorn was hot and dry with temperatures reaching 42 degrees and a warmly aggressive cross-wind. On the final day the handcyclists climbed a total of 1420m including Robinson Pass, and finished in the rain again in George. Everyone had a whale of a time and vowed to be back for the 2010 tour.
This tour was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Avis Van Rentals in George and Aquelle Pure Bottled Water, with special thanks to Yvonne Anderson and Jonathan Damon for driving backup vehicles.