The next time you’re struggling to push through those few extra kilometres on a cycling session, you might take inspiration from the incredible woman who cycled all the way from Cairo to Cape Town. That extra push on your two-wheeled beast doesn’t seem so dramatic now, does it?
Eilidh Ogden began her journey to The Mother City in January from the top of Egypt’s capital city. For six months, Odgen travelled through numerous cities and countries, lone ranger, before touching down in Cape Town.
For context, the most popular route from Cairo to Cape Town is over 10 300 km and 166 hours by car – now imagine multiple different routes by bicycle!
The City of Cape Town welcomed the powerhouse Ogden on Saturday 2 July.
Acting Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Alderman Grant Twigg welcomed her to the ‘finish line’.
“Women’s cycling has a deep and rich history and Ms Ogden is one of an elite group of women to traverse the African continent. Her tenacity, courage and determination to complete her solo cycling adventure is an amazing personal achievement. We are honoured that Cape Town was her final destination in an epic journey and wish her well on her future endeavours,” said Alderman Twigg.
Beyond Ogden’s incredible journey, there are a few other travellers making strides to Cape Town unconventionally that we can’t wait to meet.
Tuk-South has been on a mission from Kenya to the Cape since October, travelling by tuk-tuks and stopping at various regions on the continent to help out wildlife rangers.