LifeCycle Challenge


The Final Ride!

That’s it! After 1850km, 250km of which was intense off-road, the brave cyclists have done it! 8 out of 12 initial cyclists completed the Foster Clark’s LifeCycle challenge with 4 dropping out due to fatigue or injury. They conquered Kenya and Tanzania and we are proud to have had all 12 participate in the challenge. Each and every one of them has shown incredible resolve, determination and grit, more then I’ve witnessed in anyone, since last year’s challenge. The annual challenge organised by the Foundation each year is designed to test participants to their absolute physical and mental limits and this years Foster Clark’s LifeCycle Challenge has certainly lived up to that standard.

Todays final ride was 180km long on tarmac against bitter headwind with the cyclists only company on the road being babboons and lorries, the latter wilder then any animal we have encountered so far. Despite this morale was high all day as cyclists edged nearer and nearer to the finish line. As cyclists rode into their final destination, Bagamoyo Beach in Tanzania, Foster Clarks our generous title sponsors has a feast ready and waiting with music and dancers all their to congratulate the athletes after a long hard journey.

The cyclists now rest and celebrate their achievements brimming with pride and content with the work they have done. Talk has already begun about how we can continue to help renal patients and push research forward and we have some exciting ideas that are sure to be shared soon. After 19 years the challenge is going strong and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. We would like to extend our gratitude to all who have sponsored and supported us, in particular our title sponsor Foster Clark’s, as well as those who have wished us well and the family members who have supported their loved ones through this intense ordeal. Our gratitude also goes to our fantastic hosts and guides throughout the trip Chris and Janine Angell who have been patient, kind and kept us going at every turn. The cyclists will be arriving back on the rock this coming Friday at 6pm to be re-united with their families and resume their day-to-day lives as new individuals who have grown through this experience. See you next year!

Day 9: The Long Ride Home!

The day before last of the Foster Clark’s LifeCycle Challenge. Things should surely be getting easier by now, normally as challenges reach their end and people get tired distances get shorter and conditions better. Not on this challenge however. The cyclists faced a day of over 240km which is long on the best day, in […]

Days 7 & 8: Nearer the Finishline

The past two days of the Foster Clark’s LifeCycle Challenge have proven that even though they near the end of their epic journey, the cyclists cannot let their guard down. In total the cyclists have traversed 394km through Tanzania in the past two days alone, 193km yesterday and 201km today. Yesterdays ride, the seventh day […]

Day 5 & 6 – Deeper into the Tanzanian Wilderness

Day 5 started early as they set off for their first full ride in Tanzania. The harsh African terrain has taken a toll on bikes with morning maintenance being more common and taking longer. They began with a harsh climb up the Kilimanjaro foothills, a climb that took the cyclists 7000 feet up. The tough […]

Day 4: The Road to Tanzania

Today was the fourth day of the Foster Clark’s LifeCycle Challenge the cyclists woke up to a great start of the day, a reward for the hell they have been put through in the past 48 hours. After some extra time to rest they filled up on a buffet breakfast in the lodge they slept […]