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Cycle tourism is rare because of long distances plus intense heat. Winter can be manageable, but even in spring and autumn it’s necessary to make an early-morning start and finish by early afternoon. And yet...President Sisi is keen to encourage two-wheel transport and has been seen pedalling his way around the capital (once, at least).

Carry a full kit, as spares are hard to come by, although in a pinch Egyptians are excellent ‘bush mechanics’.

The Cairo-based club Cycle Egypt (www.cycle-egypt.com), and its very active Facebook group, is a good starting point for making local contacts and getting advice on shops and gear.