Dave Beard and James Lewis are planning an expedition in November 2018, aiming to cycle nearly 1000 miles around Lake Victoria. Starting in Uganda we plan to cycle unsupported around a lake that is twice the size of Wales in 12 days. The aims of this project are to have an amazing adventure and to raise funds for two great charities: Amigos and Wings. Amigos (Amigos.org.uk) is a North Devon based charity who run a farm in Uganda to support marginalised Ugandans to lift themselves out of poverty.
Wings (wingscharity.com) work in Bideford, a town with high levels of youth unemployment and social deprivation to give young people a hope and a future:
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The project was born out of the Amigos 'pedal out of poverty' appeal and the realisation that the price of a new mountain bike can fund many families in Uganda with a life changing form of transport. It only seemed right to put our own bikes to good use!
So... the plan is to fly to Kampala, Uganda. We will visit the Amigos' centre at Kira farm to prepare and next morning set off around the lake. We will need to average 80-90 miles each day, passing through Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya before returning to Kira Farm.
The lake is at 1200 metres altitude and the hills around can reach 1700 meters. Although we're riding around a lake, it will be surprisingly hilly! We're going unsupported, which means carrying all our kit. So, we will try and find some form of guest house each night, or a friendly local who will let us sleep on their floor...
The temperature should be aroud 25-30'C each day and its the 'short rains' season so we expect a few afternoon downpours. The ride should be all roads but we're going prepared for some potholes!
Follow our blog as we prepare for this challenge and don't forget to make a donation! We're funding our own costs so everything given (minus the small donations page admin fee) goes to the charities!