Sometimes we also ride bikes in the desert…at night.
Full moon night rides are great. Riding the same trails in the dark is like riding new trails. There is also a certain magic to the whole experience of being on a bike in the middle of the desert at night.
One of the most frequently asked questions new mountain bikers in Egypt (or bikers new to Cairo) ask is: How do I get to Wadi Degla? We have had directions posted on our Wadi Degla page for a while now, but it wasn’t as clear or illustrated as the nice document that Neal Afifi, fellow avid mountain biker and MTB Egypt core team member, put together for us.
When and why did you start cycling? : I’ve been cycling for as long as I can remember.
Road, off-road, or both? It was not until recently that I started off-road cycling and it’s really fun but before it was mainly road biking.
Tell us about your bike(s)!: Renault Eclaireur , all aluminum with Shimano Acera , It’s a good entry-level bike that one can start mountain biking with.
Favorite ride(s) (road or off-road): In 2008 I made a bike tour for 4 days in Switzerland and it was like a dream, I love mountain biking in Wadi Degla. Anyway I love biking anywhere as long as the air is clean and the scenery is nice.
Do you practice other sports?: swimming , running, I’m thinking about taking Triathlon seriously
Tell us about your cycling-related injuries/accidents: Once I had a head-on collision with another bike, the funny thing is that I could see the other bike coming meters away , but every time I took one side of the road the girl on the other bike took the same side , so we kept swinging like this until we eventually crashed .
But mountain biking-wise I’ve been cautious till now.
Anything else you want to tell us about yourself? I love astronomy , night sky watching and I build model airplanes.