Archive for June, 2015

CCC Sakara Ride Friday June 5th

This Friday was our (the kiwis) farewell ride.

 

We chose to take everyone on an epic 140km up the Soukhna Road, down the Helwan Road, across the Nile and back past the Dashour and Sakara pyramids to end at the ferry crossing back over to Maadi. Having run and ridden our bikes through the villages previously, we knew what to expect but I think some of the other riders were a little bemused by the rough roads, the mud and the flocks of children that swarmed around us at every stop.

 

Luckily the weather and the wind were in our favour this week, so, apart from tired legs, the ride ended well. A few highlights from the ride include: Daniel’s solo ‘attack’ from the cement works (he wants it mentioned that a) he wasn’t riding a tri-bike and b) he wasn’t wearing a silly helmet); a three man break away including Nick, Omar A and Daniel…until Nick rode the trio into a pothole the size of the Grand Canyon resulting in bent handle bars and a flat tyre (welcome relief for Meg and Adam who could finally catch the group); Luis’s Strava obsession meaning only segment ends can be stopping points; Omar Adel’s herculean pulls; Pascal for riding the entire ride J; and the smile on the little boy’s face when Mike gave him half a bottle of coke (not to mention that Egypt’s statistics on type 2 diabetes have just increased).

 

Omar Adel’s now infamous comment to Daniel also cannot go unmentioned, “We will miss your anger,” and true to form, the rabid dog made a couple of appearances including a tirade of abuse at a tuk tuk driver and some push and shove with a couple of old ladies on the ferry.

 

Daniel and I have enjoyed our time as part of the CCC, often to the point that being able to ride our bikes on a Friday morning has ‘saved our sanity’ when life has become a bit too hectic and crazy.  We will miss all of you – the banter, the competition and the friendship.

 

Daniel wants me to finish with a quote that put things into perspective for him … this time from Nick Cameron: “Riding your bike in Egypt is better than not riding your bike in Egypt.”

 

Meg Wall

Made it to the river! A welcome break for some sore legs at this stage. From left: Omar, Adam, Dan, Nick, Meg, Kareem, Hussein, Mohamed, Luis, Geoff, Olivier, Ibrahim; photo by Pascal

Made it to the river! A welcome break for some sore legs at this stage. From left: Omar, Adam, Dan, Nick, Meg,  Ibrahim, Kareem, Hussein, Mohamed, Luis, Geoff, Olivier, Mike; photo by Pascal

 

people from another planet

people from another planet

 

Water stop in the wop wops!

Water stop in the wop wops!

 

on the Nile valley roads; photo by Pascal (almost fell down for doing this)

on the Sakkara road; photo by Pascal (almost fell down for doing this)

waiting for the ferry

waiting for the ferry…

Olivier at the end of his debut ride, with Meg and Pascal ready for the ambulance

Olivier at the end of his debut ride, with Meg and Pascal ready for the ambulance