Gallery: My favourite photos from epic African cycle ride

I arrived into the dusty town at 6pm. Having just cycled 97 miles in blistering heat I was exhausted. 

Everywhere in this small village in Northern Sudan was shut, I was desperate for food. 

This boy’s father offered to very kindly fry two eggs for me. It was heaven. 

The boy leant against the bright blue wall watching me eat. The image was made. I arrived into the dusty town at 6pm. Having just cycled 97 miles in blistering heat I was exhausted. Everywhere in this small village in Northern Sudan was shut, I was desperate for food. This boy’s father offered to very kindly fry two eggs for me. It was heaven. The boy leant against the bright blue wall watching me eat. The image was made.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
12:00 PM

Photographer Julian Claxton picks his 10 favourite shots from a 6,000-mile cycle ride that took him from Suffolk to Rwanda, across 14 countries.

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These photographs are the treasured memories of an epic cycle ride that took Julian Claxton from East Anglia to central Africa.

The photographer, who is currently exhibiting his work at the Forum in Norwich, has picked his 10 favourite shots, explaining the story behind them and why each one means so much.

To view the gallery, click the link at the top right of this story.

Mr Claxton, of Oulton, near Lowestoft, set off from Bury St Edmunds on April 28 with two fellow cyclists and crossed more than a dozen countries before reaching Rwanda’s capital Kigali on July 9.

He is presenting the Cycle to Rwanda Photographic Journey at the Forum, where he will talk about his many experiences – including how he and his fellow cyclists crossed Egypt in six days and spent 10 days riding across the deserts of Sudan and into Ethiopia.

On arrival in Kigali, the cyclists received a heroes’ welcome and were met by the Rwandan cycling team and other Olympic athletes.

They were also treated to a reception in the national stadium and had afternoon tea with the British High Commissioner.

Mr Claxton and his two fellow riders were raising money for sporting equipment for children in Rwanda and have so far collected more than £9,200 in donations.

The photographic exhibition will be on display for seven days from Monday in the Forum’s Atrium between 9am and 5.30pm.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/cycletorwanda

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