Known as the land of a thousand hills (Le Pays des Mille Collines) thanks to the endless ‘ups and downs’ in this stunning country. Rwanda’s breathtaking scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. It is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, mountain rainforests and sweeping plains. Of note, Rwanda is one of the only places in the world where you can visit the endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is a land locked country and is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
We only have 5 rules:
1. Be Safe
The Race Around Rwanda is organized on public roads. It is the rider’s responsibility to know the traffic laws of the country and to obey them. Riders must use common sense when interacting with traffic.Front and rear lights are mandatory between 6pm and 6am. At least one of each is required, a second one is recommended.Reflective clothing is mandatory between 6pm and 6amWearing of a helmet is required at all times when on the bikeIn case of a medical emergency, it is the rider’s responsibility to contact the emergency services, as well as the organizers.
Frequently asked questions
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Cycling holidays in Rwanda
Are you keen to discover Rwanda on a bicycle, but not able to join the Race Around Rwanda? We offer bespoke cycling trips, training camps and cycling themed holidays all year round through Komeza, run by RaR organizers and friends.
Visit www.komezarwanda.com and discover all the options, from full training camps to relaxed tours through the land of a thousand hills.
The start and finish will be in Kigali. Riders will first head East, up to Kayonza after which they turn North towards Nyagatare. Here we’ll leave the paved road and ride to Musanze over Byumba over hilly gravel roads. After reaching Gisenyi the legendary Congo Nile Trail will lead cyclists through a stunning decor. The climb out of Rusizi to the Nyungwe rainforest might be the toughest stretch of the race, but even after reaching Butare a new section of unpaved road will be a final big challenge before taking the Bugesera road back to the capital.
(note that this is a temporary route, small changes are still likely ...
Join the Race Around Rwanda
Registration for the 2020 Race Around Rwanda is now closed!
The Race around Rwanda (RaR) is an upcoming ultra endurance cycling event that will lead contestants over a spectacular route around the beautiful Rwandan countryside. It is a self supported, single stage race covering almost 1.000 km and 17.000 meters of elevation gain. About 20% of the race will be gravel roads, the rest is raced on perfect asphalt.
It is a self supported race, meaning that participants need to carry all their own luggage, cannot use outside support and are not allowed to draft (participants signed up as pairs can ride together). However, some of the checkpoints will have basic lodging options and warm meals (included in entry fee).
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