Cairo to Cape Town

The Challenge

In 2023 Paralympian Steve Bate MBE will cycle the length of Africa – from Cairo to Cape Town – and attempt to beat the current world record of 41 days, 10 hours and 22 minutes held by Mark Beaumont.

This record has remained unbeaten for over 5 years. Steve will aim to ride the 10,800 kilometre route, which includes 54,000 metres of ascent, in just 25 days. A intimidating objective that will require Steve to average an incredible 432 kilometres every single day.

To add to the challenge Steve is visually impaired.

Despite this Steve plans to complete this adventure riding on his own. No tandem, no sight pilot.

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Meet Steve

Steve Bate MBE

Steve is a professional cyclist, riding for British Cycling and Paralympics Great Britain. Steve is visually impaired and in 2011 was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition that causes tunnel vision.

Winner of two gold medals and one bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, Steve also won a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Steve holds World Records in track cycling and has been crowned World Champion three times, on both the track and the road.

Steve Bate was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to cycling.

Previous adventures
El Capitain

In 2013 Steve became the first visually impaired person to solo the intimidating granite face of El Capitan in Yosemite, climbing for six days, sleeping on a portable platform suspended thousands of feet above the valley floor.

“I’ve soloed El Cap four times, spent over a month alone on that stone and cannot imagine what it would take for Steve to find the strength to tackle it alone. And yet he did, taking six days to climb Zodiac, climbing, cleaning and hauling every single pitch alone.”

Andy Kirkpatrick
Big Wall Climber and Author

Previous adventures
Rovaniemi 150

Steve won the Rovaniemi 150 – an Arctic ultramarathon bike race in Finland with a fearsome reputation for eliminating all but a handful of those who start the race.

“We interviewed steve twice, covering his incredible 150-km race inside the hostile arctic circle in finland. Steve Is a real inspiration and we’d love to have him back with us, talking about his adventures.”

Sally Hurst

“This is a fantastic adventure and I’m excited to see just how fast Steve can go. He’s an incredible athlete, with an amazing story to tell. I’m very excited to mentor Steve on his journey.”

Mark Beaumont Athlete, Author and Broadcaster


Without the commitment and support of these fantastic brands, I wouldn't be where I am today. I’d like to thank each and everyone of them for believing in me and this incredible Cairo to Cape Town 2023 project.

If you’re a business and would like more information about joining the team as an official partner, please click here.


Any high profile record attempt needs sound financial backing. It will require people and companies who are willing to invest in the idea or dream of one person. Whether you have followed Steve’s journey from his eye diagnosis or just joined for this ride, he has been trying to get the best out of himself and others through challenging adventures. Having competed at the highest level, it’s now time to take all those lessons and apply them to adventure cycling’s biggest prize, Cairo to Cape Town.

By donating, you can join Steve and his Cairo to Cape Town team and play a part in the ride, share the highs and lows, and enjoy this fantastic journey.