On June 01 2019, a group of 10 middle aged to elderly mountain bike riders will ride out of Harare and head north in the general direction of Mt Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest free standing mountain and Africa’s highest peak. Where possible, we’ll ride on the roads less travelled, through places like Mt Darwin and Mukumbura, up towards Caborra Bassa and on to Tete and into Malawi. Heading north, we’ll hug the shores of Lake Malawi through places like Nkhata Bay and Livingstonia. Once we get up into Southern Tanzania we’ll ride through Tukuyu, up over the Elton Plateau and through the Kitulo National Park, gaining an impressive 7444 meters in just 263 kilometres. Should we survive, we will head north to Iringa, Dodoma and Arusha, eventually ending up at the bottom of the pointy mountain a.k.a. Mt Kilimanjaro. Whence upon we’ll walk up it, unless we fall foul of altitude sickness.
We’ll ride 2900 kilometres with a total elevation gain of 36000 meters. Which is the equivalent of Mt Everest times four time. We will be riding on mountain bikes, mostly because we don’t have road bikes but also because of dodgy roads. We hope to average somewhere between 100 and 120 kilometres per day, Old Legs and mountains permitting.
We’re riding the Tour to raise money and awareness for the Zimbabwean old age pensioners. The generation that built Zimbabwe have had their pensions, their life savings and their wealth eroded and reduced to nothing by thirty years of mismanagement and silly economics. They now need our help. The Old Legs 2019 Tour is targeting to raise $100,000 for ZANE, Pensioner’s Aid Harare and the Bulawayo Help Network. Between them, our chosen charities look after over 1800 pensioners across Zimbabwe, providing them with food, medicines and somewhere to call home, plus lots of love and hugs. They also facilitate cataract operations, hearing aids, and the list goes on. In addition to their work with the aged, the charities also fund a clubfoot correction program, successfully treating over 2,600 children to date, a prosthetic limb program for landmine victims and provide treatments for children with hearing impairment.