AIDS Ride South Africa
28 July to 12 Aug 2013
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It is important to prepare for the physical and emotional endurance trials of a 3-week cycling trip. Remember to include food planning, cycle maintenance brush-up and a medical check-up before any ride. Some helpful sites:

Travel Gear

Helmet, sunglasses, cycling gloves, cycling shoes, lightweight, warm jacket, water bottles or camelbak, lights, reflective cycling gear, bicycle pouch (light weight) for phone, ID, food, repair kit, spare tubes, camera, TP
Chamois Cream a.k.a. Butt-Butter

GettingThere & Back

Tickets to and from North America to South Africa vary depending on the season. A RT ticket may cost between $1500-$2000US, so fundraise accordingly.
ARSA highly recommends you purchase Travel Insurance. A good policy can cover you from big events (bike crashes), small events (getting lost walking around Cape Town), and everything in between

Bike Supplies en Route

ARSA is proud to shop for cycling gear at:
Cajees Cycle Corner in Johannesburg
XTreme Cycles in Klerksdorp
Alpha Beta Cycles in Kimberly
M.C. Ellis Fietswinkel in Beaufort West


Typical breakfast: Eggs, meat, tomatoes, toast, yogurt, granola, juice, tea, coffee. Fruits & veggies in season: naartjie (native tangerine), avocados (sometimes sold roadside), pears, bananas, papaya, kiwi (melons & berries are rarities in SA winter), tomatoes, cabbage, potatoes, green beans, broccoli, carrots, sweet peppers. Commonly available: deli meats, cheeses, breads, meat pasties, biltong (dried meat jerky), dried fruits, nuts, energy & protein bars, juices, soft drinks, sports drinks. Grocery Stores:
Pick n Pay, Checkers, Spar, Woolworths Foods, Fruit & Veg City Stores


The list of overnight accomodations along the route will be provided before the trip begins. Clean bedding is always provided. Most places have heaters in the rooms (outside temperature some nights can drop to freezing)


Vodacom is a cellular phone/data company with excellent access across South Africa. Kiosks can be found in the airports to rent phones, sell sim and microsim (ipad) cards for computer & internet access invaluable during the ride. It is required that every participant have a phone that be used to locate you in the event of an emergency


In Case of Emergency, carry ID at all times & information including: passport number, emergency (home and in-country) contact, medical conditions, medications, insurance
Safety In traffic
Common Code of Conduct aka Rules of the Road

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