On Friday 10th March, 40 people from across the transport and logistics industry flew to Cape Town, South Africa, to take on the Transaid Cycle South Africa Challenge. Many of those taking part had been in training for the challenge for over a year, battling the British winter to ensure they were ready to take on the roads of South Africa.
The 40-strong team took on dirt tracks, mountain passes, strong winds and numerous other tests as they cycled their way from De Doorns, Western Cape, to the most Southern tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas.
Joan Aitken, Traffic Commissioner for Scotland, commented: "Completing the ride was an unbelievable achievement and I am incredibly proud to have been part of a group of like-minded individuals all pulling together, digging deep and raising money for such a worthwhile cause."
Several of the team took on the additional challenge of blogging while they were there. Follow the below links to read full accounts of what the challenge was really like:
The Transaid blog, written by Transaid's Events Officer Harry Wells and Head of Fundraising Florence Bearman;
The SHD Logistics blog, written by SHD Logistics' editor Peter MacLeod;
The Renault Truck blog, written by the Renault Truck Team (Nigel Butler, Tony Owen and Pete Murray).
And finally, a four-minute film of the challenge can be found here. A big thank you to Rob Butchart at LDH (La Doria) Ltd for putting this together.
With money still coming in, the current total raised by the 40-strong team stands at an incredible £220,000. This breaks all previous Transaid records, and Transaid would like to say a huge "thank you" to all the cyclists, their companies and everyone else who helped them smash their targets. The money raised will make a huge difference to Transaid's projects.
The next African Cycle Challenge will be Cycle Zambia 2018 - Lusaka to the Victoria Falls. To register your interest for this challenge please contact Harry - firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7387 8136.