Mountain bikes to tackle Kilimanjaro descent

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Mountain bikes to tackle Kilimanjaro descent

Next month two intrepid adventurers will be cycling and pushing their mountain bikes to the top of Kilimanjaro – and then riding down it again! Rebecca Rusch and Patrick Sweeney are only the third ‘group’ of people to be allowed to take their bikes on Africa’s highest mountain.

The expedition has been organised to raise funds and awareness of World Bicycle Relief, which provides bicycles for individuals in Africa to access critical resources like education, healthcare and economic opportunities. To date, World Bicycle Relief has delivered over 275,000 bicycles. Rebecca and Patrick hope to raise enough in sponsorship to add another 100 to that total.

The first people to get to the summit of Kilimanjaro by bicycle were the Crane brothers, Nicholas and Richard, who managed the feat back in the early eighties. Rebecca and Patrick’s adventure is somewhat different, in that they have no intention of trying to pedal all the way up. Instead, their trip is all about the descent. Somewhat less impressive, perhaps, but probably a whole lot more fun too!

You can read more about Rebecca and Patrick’s exploits on the following website:

We wish them every success!

About the Author:

I am a little obsessed with Mount Kilimanjaro. Since writing the first edition of the Kilimanjaro guide in 2001 I have climbed the mountain more than 30 times and occasionally leads treks up the mountain myself. And when I'm not in Tanzania researaching for the next edition of the guide (the fifth edition was published in 2018), I can be found living near Hastings, England, updating this website (which was first published in 2006), writing about the national trails of England, answering Kili-related emails and putting on weight.Friends describe me as living proof that virtually anybody can climb Kilimanjaro.