Cyclists complete gruelling 3,7km

HARARE - Phew! Cycling 100km a day over 44 days around the country’s boarder, 3 700km in total!

That’s what two Zimbabwean cyclists, Ashley King and Linda Davidson, have just done in a campaign called Zimboundary-Cycle Challenge Against Poaching, sponsored by Dulys Motors.

Back in the comfort of Harare now and glad to be with their families again after the gruelling cycle, King looks back at the 44 days with fond memories in an interview with the Daily News.

“I don’t know how to explain it in one sentence,” King says.

“We rode 3763 kilometres, we did a total climb of 30 000metres, in total it took 44 days to complete. We went through all National Parks. The majority of people were pleased to see us, but a bit surprised about what we were doing. There is a lot of ignorance about the level of poaching. So it was good to give out some education. All in all we were very well received.

“The challenges were mostly on the physical side, doing 100km a day. The biggest challenge was logistics, getting food and water. And getting the vehicle through certain difficult areas. Getting 100 ks a day was the least of our concern.”

Asked if the taxing tour was a success, King replied:

“Absolutely, the objective was to raise money. But equally important was to raise awareness and we managed to do that. We ended up with 2 000 followers on Facebook. We received tremendous support not just from Zim, but also abroad.”

Sponsors Dulys are looking to make the ride a regular feature.

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