Extreme New Year's Resolution: Toronto couple cycling from Cairo to Cape Town

    TORONTO, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - Debra and Dave Bouskill made a New Year's
resolution last year - to race in the 2008, 120-day Tour d'Afrique. The
12,000 km race, which starts Jan 12, will challenge cyclists with extreme
terrain, including the crocodile-inhabited shores of the Nile River, the sands
of the Sahara desert, the elephant highway in Botswana and the mountains of
Kenya. In the process, the couple will raise money to support development
projects in the countries they travel through.
    "We are adventure travelers who want to push ourselves to the limit, both
physically and mentally, while experiencing the great cultures of the world,"
said Deb Bouskill. "We also like to share our experiences with others."
    Throughout the Tour D'Afrique, Deb and Dave will document their grueling
journey using video and photography. They will regularly update their website,
www.theplanetd.com. Supporters of their trip are asked to donate to
Plan Canada, an international development agency that works to improve the
lives of millions of children and their families in 49 countries around the
world. On rest days, the Bouskills will visit various Plan projects along the
    To prepare for this adventure, Deb and Dave's year-long training regime
included 240 km rides on weekends and daily 2-hour spinning workouts. "We've
done more than 36,500 sit-ups this year," said Dave Bouskill. "Even packing
for the race is a challenge since all our gear must fit into a pouch the size
of a recycling blue box."
    Deb and Dave's post-race celebration will include a few days of R&R,
followed by a climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

For further information:

For further information: Victoria Ollers, (416) 822-2288; Paul Tyler,
(416) 254-0698

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