Obstacle races are badly named. The Tough Mudder, Goruck Nasty, and Spartan Race force participants to handle a series of hazards on their way to the finish line. There are only a handful of physical challenges on Earth that force competitors to confront a single, nearly insurmountable obstacle and overcome it. These events separate the boys from the men from the superheroes and they are as fun as they are difficult
These six tests of athletes heroism are arduous, complicated, and technical. They also each test a different superhero trait. No one will ever master all of them, but if you focus on the one you're best suited to attempt, you'll have the opportunity to prove your mettle once and for all. You'll never be superman, but that doesn't mean you can't have one super power. Choose yours and prepare for a true test.
Since 2003, Henry Gold has led intrepid cyclists on four-month fondos between Cairo and Cape Town. Gold, who previously ran an NGO in Ethiopia, originally conceived Tour D'Afrique as a means to create a business producing cheap mountain bikes in Africa. That part didn't take off, but he did organize the trip on which 33 cyclists set a Guinness World Record for fastest human-powered crossing of Africa. First-time bikers can try to beat it, but it is a hell of a challenge. Four months is basically a sprint across deserts, through jungles, and across savannahs. You've got to be strong to even try it.
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