RaR http://racearoundrwanda.com Self Supported Ultra Cycling Race Mon, 04 Jan 2021 21:00:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.1 http://racearoundrwanda.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/rarfavicon-80x80.png RaR http://racearoundrwanda.com 32 32 Participants 2021 http://racearoundrwanda.com/participants-2021/ Fri, 01 Jan 2021 10:53:48 +0000 http://racearoundrwanda.com/?p=1129 Participants 2021

COVID-19 info http://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.

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

All countries can receive a visa on entry to Rwanda – you can pay in USD or with a Credit Card. African Union, Commonwealth and La Francophonie citizens get a free 30 day visa.

COVID – From Aug 2020 international arrivals are required to have a COVID test within 120 hours of arrival. Once you land you will receive another test at a designated hotel and await the results inside your room (12 to 24 hours wait). 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.

What are the designated hotels for testing at entry?

Designated hotels have an agreement with the government. After landing in Kigali, passengers will be tested at the airport (60USD) and then transported directly to the hotel of choice . The passenger will then wait for the test results inside their hotel room. Full list of hotels can be found here

Onomo hotel, the official RaR race hotel, is one of the designated hotels. You can book through us (registration form) or directly with them.

What else do I need to do before leaving?

You are required to fill in a passenger locator form, which include passport information, travel details, negative test certificate (120 hours prior to departure) and hotel booking confirmation. Find the form here.

What are the exit procedures for leaving the country?

All travelers departing from Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19. A PCR test will be taken by the Rwandan Biomedical Center, and can be done at the official race hotel Onomo.

How likely is the event to take place?

Very likely. Cycling events are currently being organized again, and the nature of this event (solo) makes it even more feasible to organize during COVID times. Moreover, the number of cases remain low in Rwanda. We are in continuous contact with the National Police and will notify you whenever something changes.

I hear there’s a curfew, how will this affect the race?

Currently there is a nationwide curfew from 10pm to 4am. However, if this curfew is still in place by January 30th, all racers will receive a police waiver that allows them to ride through the night.

Cycling holidays in Rwanda http://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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RaR 2020 race movie http://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

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

RaR race jersey http://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


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

Mention your name and the order number you received


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!

Participants 2020 http://racearoundrwanda.com/participants-2020/ Fri, 11 Oct 2019 05:00:58 +0000 http://racearoundrwanda.com/?p=798
10 - Pete Aylward
Double motivation: The challenge of the event itself and to visit Africa for the first time.
13 - Christian Biehl
Explores other countries by bicycle
13 - Christian Biehl
Explores other countries by bicycle
14 - David Bell
I see this as a great opportunity to explore another African country
16 - Shawn Duffy
Seemed like a good idea at the time
18 - Javier García Reboredo
To enjoy
20- Omar Alsaadi
Motivation: Discovering Africa on a bike!
21 - Abel Schooleman
I like these bikepacking races because of the social aspect and the fact that you get a well curated route
22 - Niel Copeland
An amazing opportunity to race my bike through a country I'd never thought of visiting.
24 - Tom Van Hout
Signed up for the adventure and companionship
25 - Erik Thorstensen
Going back to my old hometown, where I met so many beautiful people and learned what cycling really means
26 - Eline De Schutter
"Looking to challenge myself and for another reason to visit Rwanda"
27 - Ina de Visser
Nice riding, nice country, bit of adventure and a break from European winter!
28 - Alex Percival
First self-supported bike race!!
29 - Jörn Fischer
Cycling challenge against myself in a special environment.
30 - Moritz Walheim
Motivation: having fun
31 - Alan Owens
Discovering Rwanda
31 - Alan Owens
Experience Rwanda! Somewhere I’ve wanted to visit and cycle for some time.
32 - Paul Owens
My brother invited me to pair with him. The decision to race with him in such a unique location took about a nano-second!
33 - Hugh O'Gorman
This will be my first bikepacking race and my first time to Africa. I am super stoked about both.
34 - Christopher Lewis
The more I ride far, the farther I want to ride. I've found that I really enjoy long distance, but at a faster pace than touring. Also, Africa!
4 - Eleonora Balbi
Good reason to cycle around Africa and meet likeminded people
5 - Fabian Burri
Experience: many races. Motivation: never been to Africa
6 - Josh Ibbet
I’m really looking forward to visiting Rwanda, cant wait!
7 - Jason Black
I love discovery of new countries, cultures, food and people. To do it by Bicycle is a bonus.
8 - Rob Gardiner
Have always wanted to cycle in Rwanda and wanted to try another ultra-endurance race.
J42 - Berber Kramer
I decided to sign up for at least one unique athletic challenge every year. When I found out about the RaR, I realized that I had found my challenge for 2020
J43 - Rakesh Okuku
I have always wanted to cycle across Rwanda. Tried it once on a rented bike and the hills nearly killed me. Hoping to survive it this time on my own bike.
J44 - Christopher Mattock
Fun, exploration, adventure!
J45 - Jai Madhvani
I used to do a newspaper round and have recently recently taken off my stabilisers
J47 - Mel Hedley Lewis
Amazing adventure in a country I haven't been to.
J48 - Amanda Hedley Lewis
Cycling in a beautiful country with mates
J50 - Jordan Mathes
This is my early preparation for a mid-life crisis
J52 - Felipe Aguirre Martinez
Great goal to train for!
J53 - Rhys Manners
All the cool kids are doing it and to see what my endurance is like on a bike.
J54 - Benoît Klein Coudray
For the memory of our cousin Elie Coudray. Born in Rwanda, raised around us in France
J55 - Paul-Henri Dilosquer
share an adventure with my cousins, discover Rwanda and honor our cousin of Rwandan origin who died in 2019
J56 - Francois Coudray
Riding with my brother and two of my cousins in memory to Elie Coudray, our cousin who was born in Rwanda and adopted by our uncle after the war.
J57 - Larry Novelo
Romantic journey in Rwanda with my girlfriend
J57 - Richard Emmett
Mates trip plus preparation for a return to triathlon competition for 2020/2021
J59 - Jacques COUDRAY
For the challenge
J61 - Mathias De Roeck
Experience: Nihil Motivation: great initiative
J62 - Job Van Nieuwenhove
I fel in love with the country, its people and the thousand hills. I am a cycling enthousiast. I am up for a challenge and i am looking forward to get to know the country on a deeper level.
J64- Alexandra Dinsdale
Wanted to do a multi day challenge while seeing a beautiful new country
J66 - James Stout
To see a great country on the bike!
J68 - Gabrielle Masefield
To see Rwanda and the physical challenge

The list below is updated weekly

Results RaR2020 http://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/

Why Rwanda? http://racearoundrwanda.com/rwanda/ http://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!

2020 will mark the 26th 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 (look to ‘The Journey’) to the well known ‘Congo Nile Trail’ mountain bike route…watch this space for this race later in 2020!!

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 alongside that of Brazil, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.
  • Rwanda is GMT+2
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