Bicyclist with Blaine ties starts Tour d’Afrique

Published on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 by By Tara Nelson

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A 30-year-old man who started a Guiness Book of World Records attempt in Blaine will join more than 120 other cyclists next week in world’s longest bicycle expedition.

The Tour d’Afrique, a four-month, 7,500 mile journey that begins in Cairo, Egypt, on January 15, will traverse the entire African continent with successful riders crossing the finish line in Cape Town on May 14.

Spencer set a Guinness World Record for cycling America, starting July 8, 2010, in Blaine, in preparation for his participation in the world's longest and most spectacular bicycle expedition and race – The Tour d'Afrique. Paul will be riding from Cairo to Cape Town to raise funds for the Tour d’Afrique Foundation and the Lupus Foundation of America.

“I have never been to Africa before and can't wait to experience it from top-to-bottom,” he said. “When reading the other rider's profiles it already seems that we must have a bit in common and that is we are all completely mad!”

Spencer said he will be riding to support the Lupus Foundation of America – a cause he said is important to him as his younger sister, Marie, was diagnosed with the disease when she was 13.

He is also raising money on behalf of the Tour d’Afrique Foundation and would like to help donate as many bicycles as possible to the various projects in the countries the Tour will travel through.

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