Keen for this adventure, but not interested in doing the full route, chasing time limits or riding solo? Sign up for the Journey version instead.

The RaR Journey is not for the faint hearted though!!! As a non-race option, The Journey is designed for those that have a passion for adventure, pushing themselves and enjoying the company of other like minded cyclists!

Participants will Journey a minimum of 575kms (see below for route options) of Rwanda taking in the Volcanoes to the North, Lake Kivu to the West and Nuwenge Forest to the South. In addition, during your Journey you will be able to cheer on those taking part in the Race.

Although we encourage participants to set their own pace, whether individual or in group, and be self supported as much as possible, there are basically no limits to what you are allowed to do or not do, it is not a competition, so you can’t be disqualified! 

Try to finish in Kigali in time though, to celebrate the finish together with the racing crew.

The route

The route for the RaR Journey is based on the main route, but with several possible shortcuts (each participants can ‘build their own adventure’). Moreover, when you opt to take all shortcuts, you will avoid all unpaved road, meaning you can tackle The Journey with a regular road bike.

Example 6 day schedule:

  1. Kigali-Musanze/Kinigi: 149km (via Bymba) or 98km (direct)
  2. Musanze/Kinig-Rutsiro: 135 (via Gisenyi) or 116km (direct)
  3. Rutsiro-Nyamasheke: 108km (via CP3)
  4. Nyamasheke-Kitabi: 129km (via Cyangufu) or 75 km (direct)
  5. Kitabi-Nyanza: 90km
  6. Nyanza-Kigali: 92km

The rules

Apart from the safety and health rules, we don’t want to put too many regulations for the Journey. The main impact of this will be that participants of the RaR Journey do not have to obey drafting rules, and can ride (parts of) the route in larger groups. It is not a race, so no official ranking will be made. You can see a comparison of The Journey vs Race rules in the table below.

The Journey vs The Race

An amazing adventure

Race distance

Time Limit

Detailed race briefing day before the start

Goodie bag with souvenirs, Race cap, race number,...

Professional photographs of the ride

Airport transfer

Local SIM card with data

Medical assistance

Hotel in Kigali

Food and drink

Finisher T-Shirt


GPS tracking



Outside support 

Entry fee

Race option


1000 km

Finish closes February 5th, 23h59

Made available for free after the race

Emergency vehicle on stand-by

Discount at partner hotel

Pre-race breakfast; snacks and drinks at CPs

For finishers before the time limit

Basic (dorm style) lodging at 3 CPs

GPS tracker provided (use is mandatory), real time tracking on RaR website

Official ranking with timing at each CP and at finish

Not allowed

Not allowed


Journey option


Depends on shortcuts. 600 to 1000 km

No official time limit

Made available for free after the race

Emergency vehicle on stand-by

Discount at partner hotel

Pre-race breakfast;

For those that reach Kigali before the finish party

Not included (can be foreseen for extra cost)

Not competitive

Allowed; you can choose to ride in groups

At own discretion