"You ready? Hold the bike!" A man with a serious expression says to cyclist Gareth Pickering, who is about to pedal off a platform more than 350 above the Zambezi River.
Pickering and fellow cyclist Derrick Fourie had stopped at the the Victoria Falls Bridge -- which spans the river border between Zambia and Zimbabwe -- as part of their epic trip to ride more than 2,800 miles from Johannesburg, South Africa to Moshi, Tanzania, on rugged, one-speed bikes.
But here at the bridge they paused for a little "bungee-cycling," reports Bicycling Magazine.
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Pickering and Fourie are cyclists on the small yet determined Joburg2Kili Expedition team raising money for Qhubeka, a Johannesburg-based organization working to provide bicycles for rural populations in Africa. Having a bike can make an enormous difference for children who would otherwise walk an hour to get to school, according to Qhubeka -- named for the Nguni word that means "moving forward."
The team is doing their 10-week trip on Qhubeka Buffalo bicycles, single speed 50-pound rides designed by the American nonprofit World Bicycle Relief to handle rough African terrain. After arriving at Victoria Falls from Livingstone, Zambia, earlier this month, Pickering and Fourie decided to take the plunge with their hefty bikes in tow. They were supposed to be having a rest day.
"The opportunity to do something crazy -- like jump off a bridge with a bicycle -- somehow seemed like the right thing to do," Pickering told Bicycling Magazine. Before doing the leap, the team collaborated with local outfit Shearwater Bungee, making sure everything was secured for safety.
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Right before Fourie jumped, the Shearwater Bungee guys said, "Wait wait wait wait," and then make some adjustments. Um, OK. So big kudos to both guys for going through with the five-four-three-two-one-bungee! jumps. It looked extra awkward with the bikes, but maybe not as hard as all those long treks kids make to school in rural areas, which is the whole point.
Check out their video below, shot with a drone, several iPhones and GoPro cameras.
The two are not finished with their adventures. Once in Tanzania, they plan to hike Mount Kilimanjaro.