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About iCycleAbout James

About iCycle

For the last 20 years, James & Natalie Parkin have organised fully supported Cycling Tours. Tours are presented on different, well-researched routes, generally well off the beaten track. These tours are aimed at small groups with the intention of fostering great camaraderie and ensuring that everybody receives a warm welcome and great hospitality!

Over the last twenty years road bike tours have included,

  • Johannesburg to Durban to compete in the Amashova Road Race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban
  • Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth
  • Johannesburg to East London
  • Raid Pyrenees (France)
  • Raid Dolomites (Italy)

Mountain or Gravel Bike tours have included,

  • Johannesburg to Swakopmund in Namibia
  • Ruacana to Henties Bay across northern Namibia
  • Blantyre to Lake Malawi and back to Blantyre in Malawi
  • Ceres to George across the South African Tankwa Karoo
  • George to Swellendam to compete in the Double Century Team Race
  • Port Elizbeth to George (via the Baviaans) to compete in the Karoo to Coast Race

iCycle will continue to present a few tours per year, aimed at those looking to ride new and different routes while enjoying a holiday with a cycling theme. We cater for all levels of riders and our fully supported tours mean that each participant will receive individual attention and the daily distances do not need to be completed by bike.

We look forward to welcoming you on the iCycle Tour of your choice!

James with his good friend Bill Jooste (The Oldest Participant to have done a Desert Dash in Namibia).

About James Parkin

James retired from Corporate life in April 2022 after spending 25 years at Tiger Brands and completing his final few years of working life in Malawi. James worked most of his life in Production (Supply Chain) and in later years in General Management. On his retirement in 2022 the family relocated from Blantyre, Malawi back to Johannesburg.

James and Natalie were married 35 years ago in Swakopmund (in the bar of the Rossing Mine Rec Club!) and they have a daughter Jess who is doing postgraduate Legal studies in the UK.

James’s other weakness in life is old Land Rover Series vehicles and the original Defender. His other passions include road running and cycling. James has completed over 200 standard marathons, 22 Comrades Marathons, and numerous cycling events including Cape Epic, Sani2C, Joburg2C, Wine2Whales, Swartberg 100, TransBaviaans, Karoo2Coast and his great passion, the Desert Dash in Namibia.

James has been presenting cycling tours for over 20 years. He is very proud to say that his closest friends were made on Tours, and some who were on the first tour over 20 years ago, have completed many tours.

Should you wish to meet James, he is based in Johannesburg, and he would be delighted to meet you. Please feel free to contact him!

Upcoming Tours

Team Building - Customised Tours

Annual iCycle Pre DC Tour

18 November 2024 – 22 November 2024

Seldom Seen Most Beautiful Parts of Malawi Tour

Tour 1: 27th April – 7th May 2024

Tour 2: 11th May – 21st May 2024


Due to circumstances beyond the control of the Tour Organiser, arrangements, routes, accommodation and even flights might change at short notice. Such changes will be discussed with you, if and when they may occur.