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Tegan Phillips wants the Cairo2CT women's world record

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Tegan wants to link her Cape Town cycling roots, through Africa, to Cairo. In record time. (Photo: Tegan Phillips)
Tegan wants to link her Cape Town cycling roots, through Africa, to Cairo. In record time. (Photo: Tegan Phillips)

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa. These are the countries that South Africa's gravel riding queen will cycle through, while attempting to set a women's record for the fastest Cairo-to-Cape Town time.

During the last decade, multiple Cairo-to-Cape Town records have been set and shattered by men. A women's record doesn't exist. And establishing it, is the mission of Tegan Phillips, a Cape Town endurance cyclist, professional cartoonist, public speaker and an all-around go-getter.

In the realm of long-distance endurance cycling, Cairo2Cape Town is one of the most demanding routes a rider can undertake. Perhaps only Michael Strasser's 23 000km 'Ice2Ice' journey in 2018, between Alaska and Patagonia, presents a greater challenge.

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