This four-part documentary covers a world first — a monthlong, bike-powered expedition across Namibia.
“Biking a thousand miles is a tough challenge at the best of times, but throw in mammoth sand dunes, ferocious headwinds, extreme isolation, and lions, and it becomes one of the toughest challenges on the planet.” That ominous pitch, teased in a press release from Outside TV, is what Dr. Kate Leeming set out to do.
And, in just 36 days, she did so and has become the first person in history to cycle the entire length of Namibia’s coastline.
If when you think of Namibia, you envision rattlesnakes, mountain lions, deep sinking sands, and high desert heat, yes, that’s the place. It’s also one of the oldest deserts in the world.
And it’s nicknamed the “Gates of Hell.”
Lucky for us, her monthlong, 1,621km journey cycling through the Forbidden Lands has been fully documented in “Diamonds in the Sand.”
“See Kate endure some of the most inhospitable terrain and harshest climate on Earth,” teased the series producers. And the constant sandstorms, extreme heat, and extreme headwinds are draining, no doubt. Not to mention encounters with dangerous wildlife.
“This whole thing is a test of the mind,” Leeming commented. The hardest obstacle, in her opinion? The wind. “It’s demoralizing. You can’t control it.”
The Bike That Conquered the Skeleton Coast (and Other Gear)
- Custom-made Christini all-wheel-drive fat bike
- AWD driveshaft enabling front-wheel and rear-wheel drive
- VEE Tire Co. 4.8-inch Snow Avalanche tires
- HED Big Deal 85mm carbon rims
- SRAM GX 11 cassette
- Ride Mechanic Bike Milk lube
- Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow saddle
- Ergon GP3 grips
- Lazer Genesis helmet
- Giro Terraduro shoes
- Suunto Baro 9 GPS watch
- Julbo Trek sunglasses
- Mont one-person Moondance tent
- Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag, Jerrycan, and Mag-Tank bike bags
- CamelBak bike bottles
- Insta360 ONE X action camera
Leeming’s previous accomplishments include becoming the first person in history to cycle across Africa (from west to east), the first woman to cycle across the new Russia unsupported, and riding 25,000 km through Australia.
Intrigued? The docuseries aired today on Outside TV. Following episodes will air in April and May, and will run throughout the year.