North American Epic Tour Bikes to Benefit

Credit: Tour d'Afrique

Credit: Tour d'Afrique

Eight States and Five Provinces Help the Tour d’Afrique Foundation and Environment 

After more than eight years of operating some of the most exotic bike tours on the planet, the Toronto based Tour d’Afrique Ltd is returning home to host its first ever bike tour in North America, aptly named the North American Epic. It will be the longest bike tour in North America and the only tour to travel through both the U.S. and Canada.

A socially responsible company, Tour d’Afrique is committed to reducing the impact of its tours on the environment as well as giving back to the communities it cycles through. All waste generated on tour is separated so that it can be reused or recycled and the food on tour is sourced from local farmers markets whenever possible. The company is currently researching carbon-offset programs and hopes to implement a program that matches its philosophy in 2011.  

As part of the tour, the Tour d’Afrique Foundation will be supporting Trips For Kids® (TFK®), a national bike charity dedicated to supporting at risk youth. The tour will visit five chapters along the 4,960 mile-route from San Francisco to St. John’s making bike donations and raising awareness about the work being done by TFK®. Since 2003, the Tour d’Afrique Foundation has been donating bikes to Community Health Workers in Africa as part of its Cairo to Cape Town tour. In 2010, the decision was made to expand the reach of the Foundation to include all nine of the companies’ tours. 

The North American Epic starts from the Golden Gate Bridge on May 29, 2011 and crosses through eight states and five provinces arriving on Aug. 28 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. This three-month bike tour costs $9,950 and includes accommodations, meals, baggage service and full tour support. 

Can’t take that much time off? As with all of its bike tours, Tour d’Afrique offers cyclists the opportunity to sign up for shorter tours. Five shorter segments can be ridden on the North American Epic ranging in price from $1,800 to $2,900 depending on the length. 

For further information, check out the website and see what else Tour d’Afrique has to offer.