The Guinness World Record for men cycling between Cape Town and Cairo, supported and unsupported, has been broken multiple times over the last decade. But there is still no listed women’s record. Capetonian, Tegan Phillips, is planning on changing that on 16 October 2022.

Tegan creates comics, and is a writer and speaker, to name a few of her many talents. Check out her work:

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Most of all, she’s a woman who just loves to ride her bike “as fast as she can for as long as she can”. What better way to do just that than taking on a 10 600km challenge. She plans to pedal her way through eight countries – and be the fastest woman to do it. Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa are all on the map.

More than just smashing records, she is cycling for an epic cause. Tegan is using this adventure to raise awareness for and uplift women in poorer communities. The aim of the game is to raise funds to purchase bicycles for women in Khayelitsha. Khaltsha Cycles will be on board to make sure this dream becomes a reality.

The team at Khaltsha Cycles aims to promote the culture of cycling in townships. They have an epic social cycling club that’s free to join and open to everyone at all levels. Also on offer is cultural cycle tours where you can experience Khayelitsha’s art, coffee and community.

It’s clear that Tegan has a huge heart for her home, but on her journey she won’t be alone. Though she is riding solo, she will have a small support team that includes medical and mechanical support (just in case of emergency). Other than that, it’s just girl power and the open road. We can’t wait to watch Tegan soar!

Cape Town’s ladies are making major waves. This week, Remy Kloos summited Mount Everest and Mount Lhotse, back to back, within 24 hours.

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