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Mel Bendon

A Message at Christmas from Mel

At the end of a busy and transformative year, I have much to be grateful for personally. Sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you, and a Very Happy Christmas and New Year, Mel

Landrover entour

The History and Geography of a Hard Man

A few years ago Mel loaded the family into his beloved Land Rover (his beloved family into his beloved Land Rover, that is) and drove them from Cape Town to Glandore. As he blew a cloud of Saharan dust off the bonnet outside his local

Land Rover Defender enroute

Change of plan

One thing that Mel learned a long time ago in business is that, if circumstances dictate, you change the plan – but never the goal! The plan has changed

Mel's new bike from Richard Dalacour of Oxford bikes UK

Arrival of Mel’s new bike

If you are restless enough to be wandering the hills of Kinsale at 5.30 am one of these mornings, you might see Mel emerge from the early morning mist on his new bike. A handsome touring model custom built by bike builder-cum-philosopher Richard Dalacour of

Tour d'Afrique pyramids

Mel’s Tour d’Afrique 2020

Mel Bendon will undertake the original trans-continental journey and flagship TDA cycling expedition crossing Africa from north to south, covering almost 12,000 km in four months. A test of mind, body, and bicycle.