I am not free on the dates of the race, but want to ride in Rwanda
Just come and ride, it's a friendly country! If you want a bespoke cycling holiday, get in touch with our friends at www.komezarwanda.com...
I can’t find a Journey option on the site, are you organizing it again?
No Journey simultaneously with the race this time, but plenty of other options for those who want to ride but not to race a 1000km, check them out on this page...
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 - Currently (June 2022) only a rapid test is required. ...
Will there be support vehicles
Race Around Rwanda is a self-supported event. In the spirit of bikepacking races there are no real support vehicles. However, we will have organization cars following along the route, as well as a medical team at the checkpoints, ready for dispatch in case of serious accidents.
Participants should ensure that their medical insurance covers this type of event and country....
Is the water in Rwanda safe to drink?
We advise that participants drink filtered or bottled water throughout their time in Rwanda. There are many places along the route to replenish your supplies. IF you are needing to drink from an alternative water source then do use your preferred bacterial filter and purification tablets....
Should I be cautious for the wildlife?
Most of Rwanda is populated by humans and there are no large wild animal populations outside of the national park boundaries. There are monkeys in different areas of the country. Insects and mosquitoes can be a nuisance, especially at dusk and dawn in low marshy areas, so take the needed precaution with covering up and using repellent....
Where should I sleep? Can I bivy anywhere?
Rwanda doesn’t have a culture of ‘wild camping’ and although it is a safe country with low crime rates we advise that you seek out a bar, restaurant, hotel or campsite that will be able to support you during those needed naps. Many of these locations have provision of a walled garden/area. If you choose to rest at the side of the route then be aware you will likely have quite some attention (wanted or unwanted) from locals.
We will provide you with a race map with some information about villages where you're most likely to find accommodation (you would never be more than 50 km away from such a village). Race participants can sleep for free in some of the checkpoints....
Who is organizing this?
Race around Rwanda is organised by RaR Events Ltd., a Rwanda registered organisation, ran by a Brit and a Belgian living in Rwanda.
Matthew Brokenshire is always on the look out for an adventure….the longer and crazier the better! He swam the English channel and the straits of Gibraltar in the past, but currently spends most of his hours on the bike.
Originally from the UK Matt and his family have been in Rwanda since 2017.
Simon De Schutter has been cycling for all his life, and for the past 3 years mainly on Rwandan roads, on gravel bike, road bike or mountain bike. He is passionate about bringing this sport to the land of a thousand hills....
What do I do with my luggage?
You carry it ;) This is a self-supported race, which means you need to take everything with you (of course you can buy stuff in shops along the way). No luggage will be transported to any of the checkpoints, but we will provide storage space in Kigali (start and finish location) for your extra bags and bike boxes....
When does the race take place?
The third edition will start in the morning of February 5th 2023...
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