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Tour de NARTSA: Grahamstown to Windhoek off road cycle tour

The Ubunye Challenge is proud to be associated with the Tour de NARTSA which involves one of its founding members, Ryan Palmer.









The Tour de NARTSA came about when members of the Grahamstown Round Table, of which Ryan is a member, decided that it would be a good idea to cycle to the annual Association for Round Table Southern Africa (ARTSA) Conference which is being held in Windhoek Namibia from the 28th-30th April 2015, from their clubhouse in Grahamstown, in a bid to raise funds for Grahamstown Round Table.

Grahamstown Round Table is a charitable organisation which runs numerous projects throughout the year and donates a substantial amount of money every year to education programmes, child welfare, health care facilities, old age homes, animal welfare and other a number of other programmes and projects in and around Grahamstown. This is the first time that a project of this nature will be done by Grahamstown Round Table.

All sponsorships and donations will go to the Grahamstown Round Table and distributed to charities at the annual donors evening at the end of the year.


The cyclists will travel 1900km from Grahamstown across South Africa and Namibia to Windhoek over 18 days crossing the Great Karoo and Kalahari Desert. The riders will cover between 90 and 144 km per day riding on gravel roads as much as possible. The team will be hosted along the way by Round Table clubs where possible.

Daily updates of the trip will be available on social media so you can follow the teams progress and share some of the highlights along the way.

Dates & Timelines

Depart from Grahamstown Round Table Clubhouse: 11 April 2015

Arrive in Windhoek at the NARTSA conference venue: 28 April 2015



The team will consist of 4 Grahamstown locals:

Leslie van der Merwe: Round Table Grahamstown Chairman and Ironman athlete

Ryan Palmer: Round Table Grahamstown and Ubunye Team member

Kirsti Still: Personal trainer and schoolteacher

Andrew Penny “MechAndrew”: Crazy cyclist and Bike Mechanic



Sponsorships and donations can be made directly to Grahamstown Round Table:


Grahamstown Round Table 11

First National Bank

Grahamstown 210717

Acc # 620 070 757 33


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