RaR https://racearoundrwanda.com Self Supported Ultra Cycling Race Wed, 04 Aug 2021 07:42:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://racearoundrwanda.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/rarfavicon-80x80.png RaR https://racearoundrwanda.com 32 32 Participants 2021 https://racearoundrwanda.com/participants-2021/ Fri, 01 Jan 2021 10:53:48 +0000 http://racearoundrwanda.com/?p=1129 Participants 2021

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COVID-19 info https://racearoundrwanda.com/covid/ Wed, 21 Oct 2020 08:19:44 +0000 http://racearoundrwanda.com/?p=1085 Coming to Rwanda in Times of COVID-19

Rwanda has opened its borders for tourists and international visitors! No real quarantine is required, but the country asks for a negative test taken before boarding the plane, and a second one after landing (you have to await those test results for 12 to 24 hours in your room of a designated hotel). In these times, rules and regulation can change quickly though, make sure to follow the guidelines from your own government, meanwhile, we will try to put all updates from Rwandan side on this webpage.

COVID

What if I have to cancel my entry for COVID related reasons?
If a participant is forced to cancel their participation due to COVID specific force majeure they will receive a full refund (transaction fee excluded) If a participant is forced to cancel their participation due to COVID related events not included in COVID specific force majeure, then they will receive a 50% refund (transaction fee excluded) *please see Ts and Cs for detail of COVID specific force majeure
What is the current COVID situation in Rwanda

Relatively speaking, the situation in Rwanda was never too bad. The country has put measures in place very early on in the pandemic and this helped to limit the spread of the disease. However, being a poor country, vaccination rates are still low, and there are sporadic ‘flares’ in cases, along with necessary measures. 

We are confident this will no longer be an issue by the next RaR.

What are the entry procedures in Rwanda, specifically for COVID?

All countries can receive a visa on entry to Rwanda, for members of African Union, Commonwealth and Francophonie, this is free of charge – others can pay at arrival in USD or with a Credit Card. Immigration link and further information is here.

COVID – From Aug 2020 international arrivals are required to have a COVID test within 72 hours of arrival. Once you land you will receive another test at the airport. If negative you will be able to proceed without any other restrictions. If positive then you will be required to quarantine in a Govt nominated hotel – you will be required to pay for the cost of the hotel (many airlines have insurance that covers this extra cost, make sure to look into it)

Will I get a refund if the event is cancelled because of COVID ?

Yes. See our Terms and Conditions for details. 

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Cycling holidays in Rwanda https://racearoundrwanda.com/komeza/ Wed, 15 Jul 2020 13:01:33 +0000 http://racearoundrwanda.com/?p=1021 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. 

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Rwandan Epic https://racearoundrwanda.com/epic/ Wed, 22 Apr 2020 08:08:06 +0000 http://racearoundrwanda.com/?p=1006                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

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RaR 2020 race movie https://racearoundrwanda.com/movie/ Wed, 15 Apr 2020 16:41:42 +0000 http://racearoundrwanda.com/?p=987

Tugende tells the story of the 2020 Race Around Rwanda. It is  made by Ryan Le Garrec and produced by Ryan Le Garrec and Lander Deldime.

February 2020, 65 people lined up at the starting line of what was to become an extraordinary adventure, a challenge through thunderstorms, muddy roads and never-ending hills, rewarded with stunning views, thousands of cheers and everlasting memories.

Each and every participant of this 1.000 km bikepacking race has an amazing story to tell, Tugende shows you some of these stories, from the very first person over the finish line, to the last one to reach Kigali.

We invite all of you for a slightly unconventional version of the movie premiere, in these times of COVID-19, we have to be creative, which gives us the opportunity to come together with people from all over the world.
We will host the first showing of the movie, as well as a Q&A with race organizers, participants and movie director online, via Youtube Live, on Wednesday April 22nd

Programme:
18h30 CAT*: Welcome, intro and Q&A with Matt, Simon & Ryan
19h00: Movie showing
20h00: Q&A with Ultan, Rob & Niel

Check this page on April 22 to access the livestream

The movie will be accessible on Youtube after the premiere, so no panic if you will not be able to join us live!

*CAT= Time in Kigali = UTC+2. 18h30 Kigali, 18h30 Brussels, 17h30 London, 12h30 New York, 20h30 Dubai

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RaR race jersey https://racearoundrwanda.com/jersey/ Fri, 01 Nov 2019 15:03:32 +0000 http://racearoundrwanda.com/?p=815 We are excited to present to you the 2020 Race Around Rwanda race jersey. Our friends at Velotec came up with an amazing design based on the traditional Rwandan art style called ‘imigongo’. The jersey is available for a limited period, with a special discount for all participants (both race and jersey), but also fans of the race have the option to purchase one.  

Ordering closes on December 5th

Cost

Race Particpants

  • EUR 45 / USD 50 / RwF 45.000
  • To be paid in cash (before or after the race)

RaR supporters

  • EUR 60 / USD 65 / RwF 60.000
  • Preferably paid in cash (before or after the race)

For RaR supporters that are not able to pick up the jersey in Kigali (or arrange pickup, e.g. by one of the participants), shipment could be arranged but this comes with an extra cost of 12 to 30 euros (further away from EU is more expensive)

If no pickup, payments are to be made to our European bank account:

Race Around Rwanda Ltd.
IBAN: BE89 7360 1514 3885
SWIFT/BIC: KREDBEBB

Mention your name and the order number you received

Sizing

The jersey is a short sleeve jersey with a slim fit and aerodynamic cut. Created specifically for racing or training in warm weather conditions.

To find your perfect fit, check the sizing table below (Please use A and B sections as the main sizing factor)

This is a unisex jersey, used by many male and female cycling teams. For a great article of the quality and design of this jersey, check the Vitus Pro Cycling blog post they recently wrote. For a idea on how the unisex model works for female cyclist, have a look at this team picture.

Not convinced the unisex will fill, there is an option to get a female fit made, for which the sizing table is the one below:

Order now!

To order the jersey, please fill in the form below, you’ll receive a confirmation email with order number once we receive your order!

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Participants 2020 https://racearoundrwanda.com/participants-2020/ Fri, 11 Oct 2019 05:00:58 +0000 http://racearoundrwanda.com/?p=798

The list below is updated weekly

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Results RaR2020 https://racearoundrwanda.com/results/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 16:40:41 +0000 http://racearoundrwanda.com/?p=738 The inaugural Race Around Rwanda is over. Extreme weather made the course even more challenging than expected, yet almost everyone managed to reach the finish line. Find the final results here. 

Solo results RaR01 2020

Pair Results RaR01 2020

The inaugural Race Around Rwanda took place from the 2nd to the 7th of February 2020. It was an eagerly anticipated event which brought together 67 participants from 23 different countries to take on a challenging route across the Land of a Thousand Hill’. 

While the participants gathered in Kigali there were a lot of conversations about the weather, with many trying to predict when the ‘dry season’ might actually start, and what tyres would best deal with the conditions! Despite the uncertainty from above, the race kicked off at 0430 on a dry and misty East African morning. The racers headed off to the East taking in the rolling hills close to Akagera National Park and it wasn’t long before there were some splits in the field. By 0730 Jason Black had summoned the strength to mount his bike, leave Kigali and begin the ‘catch up’, all done while dealing with severe food poisoning.  

During the first night all riders experienced a large tropical storm, this was.especially felt by those out on the second gravel section! Gravel conditions were extremely challenging and the tarmac was treasured!! The only abandon of the race happened at this point, completly worn out brake pads, no spares and still 600k to go, Josh Ibbett could not see any other option than to DNF while being 2nd place at the moment.
The racers then made their way through the Volcanes and then to the shores of Lake Kivu before turning South towards Nyungwe Jungle. By the middle of the race there was a clear leader in Ultan Coyle, but 2nd-5th places were hard on his tail! Rob Gardiner put in a strong effort of 500km straight to try to close the gap. The pairs race was in full flow with 2 Rwandan teams battling out for the lead. This was made all the more impressive as it was their first ever ultra race.

After a beautiful cycle through the oldest jungle in Africa the competitors were into the final stretch of the race. The one remaining gravel section changed dramatically over a 48 hour period after heavy rain and then baking sun….but this only added to the challenge, adventure and race. All riders found their way safely back to Kigali in time for some well deserved beers at the finishers party!!!

The Journey

Not every cyclist is a racer, some ar journeyers too. All participants were free to use shortcuts and alternative roads as they wished, we did not keep a ranking, but their time at each checkpoints was registered nonetheless and can be found on the livetracking page: http://rar-journey.legendstracking.com/

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Why Rwanda? https://racearoundrwanda.com/rwanda/ https://racearoundrwanda.com/rwanda/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:15:23 +0000 http://africa-first.sdl-profile.net/?p=74 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. 

Rwanda is ranked as the 8th safest country in the world by the World Economic Forum and 11th by the 2017 Gallup poll.

This safety and stability has dramatically increased investment, tourism and economic growth over the last 10 years. The relaxed and welcoming feel will be apparent from the moment you land and get your ‘visa on entry’ and continue right through your cycle adventure!

2022 will mark the 28th year since the Rwandan Genocide which took place in 1994. Since then all in Rwanda have taken huge leaps forward in creating an incredible nation …. one that is perfect to experience from the saddle!

Cycling – Getting on 2 wheels and peddling really is a national way of life! The sturdy single speed is an ever present, and the 2019 ‘Tour de Rwanda’ saw over 1 million Rwandans line the roads to support the spectacle. Rwanda has surfaces and routes to challenge all types of rider from pure road riding on extremely smooth rides ( to the well known ‘Congo Nile Trail’ mountain bike route…

Flights – Kigali boasts some super connections to Europe and other parts of the world. There are a large number of direct flight options (UK, Belgium, Turkey, Dubai, Qatar and most of Africa) and all other countries are a short connection away!

WeatherRwanda has a temperate tropical highland climate, with lower temperatures than are typical for equatorial countries because of its high elevation. Kigali, in the centre of the country, has a typical daily temperature range between 12 and 27 °C (54 and 81 °F), with little variation through the year.

Some interesting facts:

  • Women make up 64% of the parliament (6th ranked in world for gender gap).
  • Kinyarwanda is the mother tongue, but French, English and Swahili are widely spoken.
  • Tourism is one of Rwanda’s fastest growing industries.
  • Rwanda’s coffee ranks top of the world alongside that of Brazil, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
  • Rwanda is GMT+2
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Partners & Sponsors https://racearoundrwanda.com/sponsors/ https://racearoundrwanda.com/sponsors/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:14:24 +0000 http://africa-first.sdl-profile.net/?p=72

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