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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For those not so keen to race a 1000km
Keen for adventure, but not interested in doing a 1000km, chasing time limits or riding solo? We've got some alternatives for you
In the past, we have run a Journey Around Rwanda in parallel with the race, however, in order to make sure the race goes as smooth as possible, we are changing it up this year, and actually give you several options for 2023
The Silverback - EXPEDITION
The Silverback is a gravel race which happens a month after the Race Around Rwanda, on the first weekend of March. The week before, we host a gravel expedition around the country, 4...
Once again, the Race Around Rwanda, is a self-supported bikepacking race, over 1.000km and a time limit of 6 days (but a finish party only on day 7, even if you miss cut-off, you can make that one). The 2023 course will be similar to the draft version below. But a final version will not be released after the ultimate recce early January 2023
1.000 km15.000 m of elevation9 gravel sectors for a total of 400km gravel600 km of smooth tarmac roads
Join the Race Around Rwanda
Race Around Rwanda 2023 starts on February 5th at 4am
RaR has moved back to the original date in the first week of February. Registration will open again on July 5th, no waiting list, first to register get the spot.*
* Veteran Racers Around Rwanda will receive an email with an access link to a number of reserved spots for friends of the race!
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 smooth tarmac.
It is a self supported race, me...
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