INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 2, 2015)– Imagine riding a bike from Indianapolis to Los Angeles on unpaved roads. That’s 2,000 miles on dirt roads with pot holes, rocks, bumps.
That’s just part of the trip Mike Lantz will take, as he spends the first four months of 2015 riding through Africa on a titanium cyclo-cross bicycle with hand-picked parts. He’ll ride from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa as part of the Tour d’Afrique bycycle race/tour.
“The goal is to pedal the whole way from Cairo Egypt to Cape Town,” said the Indianapolis native.
Nearly fifty other people across the world will meet in Cairo, Egypt this weekend. The group will bike more than 75 miles each day – at least two-thousand miles of the trip is off-road. Lantz is the only Hoosier on the journey.
“It is an expedition tour and race all rolled into one,” said Lantz.
Lantz will bike through several countries, including Tanzania. Lantz is making this tour to help raise awareness for the Institute for Affordable Transportation’s Basic Utility Vehicle Program and the current crowd funding campaign
. Lantz completed this same trip in 2013.
“A lot of time in these schools in Africa, they will have a student who will die because there is a hospital thirty miles away but they just can`t get there. A vehicle like this can make that trip and save a life,” said Lantz.
The group wants to raise enough money to build fifty Basic Utility Vehicles for Tanzania in February.
“A BUV can change their world. A BUV can take a sick person to the hospital. It is Christian ministry in the most practical application. For me there is definitely a dimension of a spiritual journey. I am interested what God has for me along the way and what he has for me after that trip is over,” explained Lantz.