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.

  • 1.000 km
  • 15.000 m of elevation
  • 10 gravel sections for a total of 400km gravel
  • 600 km of incredibly smooth tarmac roads

Provisional schedule:

Friday January 29Registration and rider briefing
Saturday January 304am: race start
Sunday January 31Closing of CP1
Monday February 1Closing of CP2
Tuesday February 2Closing of CP3
Wednesday February 3Closing of CP4
Thursday February 4Time limit at finish
Friday February 5Finish party