Desert Dash – 2011

The Desert Dash is considered to be the longest single stage mountain bike race run anywhere in the world, taking in 340 km of mostly gravel roads from Windhoek in central Namibia to Swakopmund on the Atlantic Coast, all to be completed within 24 hours. Participants take part as solo riders, covering the entire distance on their own, or in teams of two or four. In 2011 the race started on December 16 and I was entered as one of the 107 plus solo riders in the field of around 450 participants in total. I was forced to abandon the race at 233 km – you can read more here.

Cyclists at sunrise