Vince Langford


After 12,000 km, Vince Langford is fourth in African ride - Whitby Newsbrief June 2013 pg 17.

It wasn't a race, and just finishing is the real achievement but for the record, Plimmerton's Vince Langford has finished fourth overall in the 2013 Tour d'Afrique from Cairo to Cape Town last month.

Having completed 12,000 kilometres, endured a dislocated shoulder and countless infections, bugs, falls and tough days, Vince made it, in a credible fourth place with four stage wins. His journey has raised over $10,000 for cancer - and that fundraising is not over yet.

Vince reported he had a tough ride on the first stage in the Namibian off-road, so had to take it slow. As the race end neared, the competitive element among the riders had kicked in, and a lot of riders were trying for stage wins - which made the race so much harder. Vince stopped to save an antelope which had got entangled in a fence, and was repaid when another antelope with metre long horns nearly took him out. He was quick to get back on the bike and crossed the border to South Africa at Nootdoeweer. The ride down highway 7 from the border was helped by a tail wind. First camp was at Springbok in high country, where Vince received some real encouragement from the youngsters at Imagine Childcare in Hamilton when a letter and photograph arrived via email.

Vince rode a hard 150kms down the Atlantic coastline of South Africa but a cool sea mist made directions a bit tricky. He continued to ride hard, but this was the last race section. All that was left was two easy day's ride into Cape Town, which he accomplished with ease.

Vince has been raising money for the New Zealand Cancer Society after the death of his wife, Fran, who lost her hard-fought battle with the disease. She died in August last year, and Vince completed the epic journey to raise funds for the organisation that supported them during those final months.

Above: "Invincible" is an original water colour by Wellington artist Alfred Memelink

ROUGH RIDE: Plimmerton man Vince Langford will ride 12,000 kilometres across Africa next year in memory of wife Fran, who died of breast cancer last August, and to raise money for the Cancer Society.

Riding Across Africa for Breast Cancer - read Kapi-Mana story by Andrea O'Neil. Click here.

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Vince left New Zealand on the 4th of January and started the Cairo-to-Cape Town ride on 11th January.

Last Updated: 27/06/2013 5:32pm