This week we had a chat with Miles Crisp, Nedbank Tour de Tuli veteran and Zimbabwe Route Planner. What we really wanted was for him to give us the scoop when it comes to this year’s new route. Knowing that the team likes to keep the route a surprise, would he be willing to let us in on some of the details? You will have to read on to find out!
Miles has a very long history with the Tour – not only as a route planner but as a Tour Leader as well. In 2017 the entire Crisp clan came together to
ride the Tour as a family and in doing so created wonderful memories of this shared experience. Working in Johannesburg, Miles makes sure he spends as much time as possible on his bike and uses his weekends to go exploring outside the city.
When it comes to the Tour, Miles has been involved in the event right from the start! The Tour de Wilderness was born in 2005 when the route mostly involved riding up the right bank of the Limpopo province in Mozambique into the Kruger National Park. After a few years Miles and the team decided it was time to explore Africa’s more adventurous and ‘wild’ pastures and so the Nedbank Tour de Tuli was born. With the exception of two years, Miles has been part of the route planning team ever since.
“In 2005 I participated in my first riding adventure with Tour de Wilderness. It was hot, hard and very seriously sandy but we were cycling in a group with so many new friends to make. In 2009 I decided to officially join the organising team and off we went to scout the first piece of the route in Zimbabwe. My absolute favourite part about riding in the Nedbank Tour de Tuli is that feeling of being a part of something that is fun, challenging and also makes such a wholesome contribution to our region and its people”, said Miles.
So how do you guys plan the new routes?
“We work out and design a desired route on a map, then we go into the bush and we see what we can ride while tracking where we go. We collaborate with the Landy team to find Strat Points, Tea Stops and Lunch Stops. We do all of the scouting on bicycles so that we know what the participants are going to experience.”
We know you can’t share the actual route just yet! But what can our riders expect for this coming Tour adventure?
“We have a brand new camp called Nyalaberry, right in the Pazhi River. We are going to visit a brand new engineering feat – a dam with a wall that is a kilometre long, and is filled via its catchment area but is also a reservoir for water pumped out of the Limpopo province in South Africa. The whole endeavour is powered by a massive new solar farm.”
Other than that Miles will not disclose any further details…. You will have to join us at our Route Launch, on the 27th of June 2018 at Nedbank in Sandton to find out more! More details will follow.