This September cyclists are being offered the chance to cycle the famous Paris-Dakar route, spanning six countries and 7,000 miles of on road touring. The route is divided into two stages: a European one starting in Paris and finishing in Gibraltar, and an African one from Antequera, Spain to Dakar, Senegal. Cyclists have the option of completing either leg as a standalone adventure, or go the whole hog, starting at the base of the Eiffel tower, Paris, and finishing ten weeks later in Dakar, the most westerly point of the African continent and home to several resplendent beaches.
All the luggage will be transported by support trucks that follow the route, leaving cyclists free to enjoy the scenery without over laden panniers. The route is divided into 58 cycling stages, and 12 rest days, the average distance covered each day being about 120 km. The rest days offer plenty of time to enjoy the diverse culture and scenery that this unique cycling experience offers.
The entry price, £3,350 for the whole trip, includes camping accommodation, the Algeciras-Tangier ferry and food, water and sports drinks for the trip. The French leg taken alone is £1,914 and the African £2,599. Only 30 places are available this year.
See the website, http://www.bike-dreams.com for more information and registration forms.