James and “The Rhino Run.”

Jan 11, 2024 | News

The Rhino Run is a unique challenge in Southern Africa similar to the Tour Divide in America, Race to the Rock in Australia or the Silk Road in Asia! It’s not just about cycling and experiencing the wonders and beauty of a magnificent route, it’s also about planning and survival! 

The Rhino Run starts in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa and ends 2750km’s later in Windhoek, Namibia. It is a gravel road cycling race, where contestants are self-supporting and rely totally on food, drink and shelter that is commercially available along the route, and what they can carry on their bikes. The route is desolate and beautiful, but challenging and hard! The distance soon separates the riders, and each rider is left to experience the route on their own. 

James completed the 2023 Rhino Run in 3rd place. James commented, “It was a fantastic experience, but extremely hard at times.” He went on to speak – with the utmost respect – about the other competitors who made it to Windhoek, “real warriors, I was so proud to be counted in their number,” he said.

James spoke very highly of the Trans Cape Route (Plett to Stellenbosch) and the route through the Cederberg to the Northern Cape. Namibia was also magnificent but with resupply opportunities far apart, corrugation, sand, and heat, incredibly challenging! 

A big thank you to Anri Parker and Mannie Heymans in Windhoek who assisted everyone who made it to the finish! 

Look out for future fully supported iCycle Tours on the best parts of the Rhino Run Route! 

James at the start in Plett looking fresh and 12 days, 2750 km later at the finish in Windhoek! 

The beauty of the Richtersveld National Park, bordering both South Africa and Namibia

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