I started a thread a long time ago when Meeusen did his first MTB adventure in Senegal in 2011: http://forum.cyclingnews.com/showthread.php?t=12866&highlight=Meeusen
He did it every year since. From 2012 on Danny De Bie joined him. In 2014 he did two tours in Senegal. What an adventurer!
Highlights from the 2012 edition:
2013 Stage 6: Lac Rose - Lac Rose:
For those who have time to waste: a one-hour doco of the 1st tour of the 2014 edition.
And a half an hour doco, named "In het spoor van Tom Meeusen" (In Tom Meeusen's Footsteps): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bq6dpW-gn8s
This year from March 6 to 12 or 13 Meeusen will do a tour in Cameroon. All for a good cause, raising schools, formerly in the neighbourhood of Dakar but for this year ... ??
The tour is scheduled to end on March 16 but Tom will have to cut it short as he's summoned by disciplinary commission of the Belgian Fed on March 13, regarding the Mertens affair.
For 2016 a return to Senegal is planned.
Etappe 1: Dschang - Mbouda 7 maart - 38km
Etappe 2: Mbouda - Bangorain 8 maart - 103km
Etappe 3: Bangorain - Petpenoun 9 maart - 67km
Etappe 4: Petpenoun - Foumbot 10 maart - 20km
Etappe 5: Foumbot - Bangangte 11 maart - 60km
Etappe 6: Bangangte - Ngalou 12 maart - 71km
Etappe 7: Ngalou - Bare 13 maart - 70 km
Etappe 8: Bare - Loum - Limb? 14 maart - 110km
V?lo-Afrique is a consequence of the humanitarian projects that Telenet had planned when pop singer Koen Wauters (Belgian pop band Clouseau) raced the Paris-Dakar rally. Now that the Paris-Dakar rally no longer starts in Paris and no longer ends in Dakar, and no longer crosses Africa (lol) the school projects continue but with some other form of sporting events to promote it.