This was Paul's event, his Tour de France and he wanted to world to come and ride the lands he loved. Ride Karamoja will continue his legacy by honoring Paul to continue to do the work he loved. With the Warrior Trailbuilder program we hope to increase the size of the trail network and as we do, we know more of you will come sand ride this incredible region.
A gravel bike dream, riding the thousands of miles of trails across the Savannah
Paul Sherwen loved Karamoja, it's beauty and it's people. The Tour of Karamoja was Paul's Tour de France. Paul is no longer with us, but his memory will live on forever in Karamoja, and the entire cycling world.
Most people in Uganda have never been to Karamoja, they are afraid, but Paul knew the people and when you meet them, you fall in love with them. In the most out of the way place, with a very hostile climate, live a people with high integrity, joy, beauty and love for all living things. When not broadcasting the major bike races with Phil Liggett, Paul loved to travel to the bush of Africa and be with the people. I've said many times, that Paul Sherwen was the real Crocodile Dundee. Paul's dream when he retired from broadcasting was to be a tour guide and bring people to see the part of Africa he loved.
Thus was born the Tour of Karamoja, with a simple goal of creating the best cycling event on earth, is a region with incredible beauty, culture and terrain and in doing so, bring the world to Karamoja, to the place Paul loved.
Those that attending the second tour, have all been moved by Pauls passing and the collective team is determined more than ever to make the third Tour of Karamoja an even larger success and to continue to build the trail network in Paul's honor.
Paul had registered the name, Paul Sherwen Classic Safari's. he had purchased 2 Landcruisers and converted them to safari vehicles. Along with Theo Vos, Paul built a world class tented safari lodge, Kara-tunga and was planning on making the tour into a number of week long adventures with the Tour of Karamoja being a part of the adventure.
We intend to honor Paul's wish's and to keep his dream of the Paul Sherwen Classic Safari alive and in the fall of this year, we will organize the safari and adventure with the Tour being a part of the adventure. I've been on the Paul Sherwen Classic Safari a number of times with Paul, we have taken friends and sent friends on it and this year, I will lead the Classic, with Riding Karamoja and the Tour of Karamoja a part of this.
We have not set an agenda or price sheet yet, but if you are interested in joining me, in honoring Paul and helping to support projects he felt important, than please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Every great journey begins with one small step, I was intrigued why a person would ride across Karamoja in 1997, at a time of insecurity. I was lucky enough to be in the UK in February of 2018 and connected with Chris to ask him, why?
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