Monthly Archives: July 2012

Alan’s TdA SCFT film on Vimeo

The first cut of the film is here. Have a look.

Alan Knight Tour d’Afrique 2013 on Vimeo

The donation page is also now active. Click on ‘Donate to SCF TZ‘ at the top of the page and then click through to the ChipIn page.

ChipIn: Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania.

We are looking for companies who might want to sponsor this ride for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania. If you know any companies that might be interested please contact me at and I’ll send you the sponsorship bumph.

Thanks very much to Denise Donlon and Chris Morgan for putting the film together.


Is this the bike?


The Kona Jake 2012

It’s not steel. It’s aluminum. So a harder ride.

It has no disk brakes.

It has no front shock.


It’s been around for a long time. It is tried and tested.

It has nothing really fancy or exotic on it. So it should be maintainable and repairable.

It’s not expensive.

It looks cool.

Full spec

Frame Material Kona Race Light 7005 Aluminum Butted
Sizes 47, 49, 53, 56, 59, 61cm
Fork Kona Project Two Aluminum
Crankarms Shimano Tiagra
Chainrings 50/39/30
B/B Shimano Tiagra
Pedals Wellgo LUA9
Chain Shimano CN5600
Freewheel Shimano Tiagra 12 28 10 spd
F/D Shimano Tiagra
Paint R/D Shimano 105 GS
Shifters Shimano Tiagra
Brake Calipers Tektro Oryx
Brake Levers Shimano Tiagra
Headset FSA No. 10
Handlebar Kona Road Bar
Stem Kona XC/Road Stem
Seatpost Kona Double Clamp w/offset
Seat Clamp Kona Clamp
Grips Kona Cork Tape
Saddle WTB Valcon Comp
Front Hub Formula
Rear Hub Shimano Tiagra
Spokes Sandvik Stainless 15g fr / 14g rr
Rims Alex AT 450
Front Tire Maxxis Mud Wrestler 700x35C
Rear Tire Maxxis Mud Wrestler 700x35C
Color Orange/Black

Sickle Cell Foundation ‘Film at 11’

ImageBeing interviewed for the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania fundraising video

When I was a kid we didn’t have digital video technology. You couldn’t film a news item at 5:30 and have it on the 6 o’clock news – unless it was live. Film had to be developed and edited. So on the 6 o’clock news you would often get the first cut of the story and then be told by the newsreader: ‘film at 11’. That’s kind of how I feel today. Yesterday we got the story. I am now waiting for the film at 11.

ImageDr Julie Makani, Founder of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania

We spent yesterday with the people at the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania here is Dar es Salaam. The whole team was there. We interviewed Drs. Julie Makani, Deo Soka and Edward Kija. We visited the research labs. We had the opportunity to visit with a mother and her 4 year old child, who suffers from the disease. And we witnessed first hand the need for a dedicated day patient treatment centre.

Our goal is to use the Tour d’Afrique as an opportunity to create awareness of the disease, which is particularly prevalent in African countries that have a high incedence of malaria – Tanzania has the 4th highest number of people suffering form sickle cell disease in the world – and to raise US$50,000 to build and equip a 12 bed day treatment centre for sickle cell sufferers in Tanzania.

In Tanzania up to 11,000 children are born every year with this inherited disease. Due to lack of treatment as many as 90% of them will die before they are two. With early diagnosis and treatment they can expect to live a much longer life. Some live productive lives to the age of 60. At the moment sickle cell patients are treated at a general purpose clinic at the Muhimbili hospital only two days a week. A dedicated day treatment centre, open every day, could potentially increase treatment capacity by over 500%.

ImageMother and ill child

I was very fortunate to have some expert help filming the work of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tanzania. Denise Donlon, the Canadian broadcaster, was in Tanzania after having just filmed a documentary for War Child in northern Uganda on access to justice. She directed the day’s filming and did the interviewing. Chris Morgan, an experienced South African documentary film maker recently moved to Tanzania after having spent the last 5 years living in and filming documentaries in Nigeria. Chris did all the filming and will do the editing.

Both Denise and Chris contributed their time and expertise for nothing. I can’t thank them enough.

We hope to have a short film finished and up on this blog by July 11 – and instructions on how to donate. Look for it.

Canada Day

July 1st is Canada Day. But it is also day 2 (stage 1) of the 2012 Tour de France. So let’s see what Ryder Hesjedal, the sole Canadian rider in the field this year, can do today. He gave up 18 seconds to Cancellara yesterday. Good start.