This Thursday (21 April) Look Mum No Hands hosts the launch party for the 5th edition of Mission Malawi so if you're up for a challenge pop along for a free Malawian gin & tonic, a bite to eat, and to find out more about a charity cycle ride with a difference.
If you take the Mission Malawi challenge you will be riding over 400Km of African dirt roads through spectacular scenery and raising money for HIV and AIDS work in Malawi. One of the things that sets this charity challeng apart is that participants also get to meet the people affected by HIV and Aids that they are helping.
Mission Malawi was set up by Les Pratt from back in 2004. Les didn’t want to ride the likes of the well-trodden, but slightly boring route of London to Paris, and wanted to raise money for HIV&AIDs work. But nothing fitting that description was on offer back in 2004. So Les set up a cycle challenge across Malawi himself, the first ride attracted 9 riders, the second 36 and Mission Malawi has never looked back since.
Mission Malawi 2012 takes place between the 12 - 23 May to find out more visit the Action Aid website www.actionaid and check out the film below of the 2006 edition of the ride.
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.