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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RaR: The Journey
Keen for this adventure, but not interested in doing the full route? Sign up for the Journey version instead.
The RaR Journey is not for the faint hearted though!!! As a non-race option, The Journey is designed for those that have a passion for adventure, pushing themselves and enjoying the company of other like minded cyclists!
Participants will Journey a minimum of 575kms (see below for route options) of Rwanda taking in the Volcanoes to the North, Lake Kivu to the West and Nuwenge Forest to the South. In addition, during your Journey you will b...
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.
Route 2021 has some small changes (yes, it's more gravel), and will be announced very soon!
The RaR Journey is based on this same route, but several shortcuts can be chosen, see the Journey page.
Join the Race Around Rwanda
Registration for the 2021 Race Around Rwanda is now open!
The Race around Rwanda (RaR) is an ultra endurance cycling event that leads 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 40% of the race will be gravel roads, the rest is raced on perfect tarmac.
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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