Rwanda Alternative Riding

Road Journey Around Rwanda 2021

Rwanda Alternative Riding

Road Journey Around Rwanda 2021

Keen for the RaR adventure, but maybe not in the full route? Sign up for the Journey version instead. The 'side event' that finds the balance between ultra racing and bike touring. It gives participants the opportunity to take part to the Race Around Rwanda, without the need for gravel bikes or the fear of time limits. 575 to 645 km of wonder in the land of a thousand hills.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 a number of well positioned checkpoints which will have basic showers and food available should you desire or need some recovery timeYour Journey will finish in Kigali with enough time to celebrate alongside the race participants at the finishers party!The proposed main Journey route is 100% paved and can be done on any road bike.More info: racearoundrwanda.com

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    12:01
    96.1 mi
    8.0 mph
    8,900 ft
    7,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Heavenly Byumba

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Enjoy some of the freshest tarmac in the country! This road has only been completed in 2019, and offers some absolutely stunning views, and a 25km downhill!

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  • Difficult
    06:10
    60.0 mi
    9.7 mph
    4,400 ft
    6,050 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Africa Rising Cycling Center

    Bike Touring Highlight

    The beating heart of Cycling in Rwanda. Home of the national team, and the second checkpoint for race participants or the first of Journey'ers. Best thing about it: a professional bike shop, with the best mechanics of the countries, and an amazing bike washing stand

    Difficult
    08:07
    69.8 mi
    8.6 mph
    8,000 ft
    8,025 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Kivu Belt Road

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    Often dubbed the most spectacular road in Rwanda, this 200km stretch offers the best tarmac, lake views, tea plantation backdrops and even a passage trough a rain forest.

    Difficult
    07:13
    57.8 mi
    8.0 mph
    7,800 ft
    6,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    © OSM

    Nyungwe Rain Forest

    Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)

    One of the oldest rainforests of the country, and home to 25% of all African primate species, this road is tough but so so worth it. How many monkeys can you spot?

    Difficult
    10:19
    91.7 mi
    8.9 mph
    10,250 ft
    10,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    © OSM

    The King's Palace

    Bike Touring Highlight

    Nyanza is the ancient capital city of the Kingdom of Rwanda, that dates back hundreds of years. Here you can find both a recreation of the traditional king's palace and the original palace of the last king of Rwanda

    Difficult
    06:17
    57.6 mi
    9.2 mph
    4,850 ft
    6,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Highlights
    5
  • Distance
    433 mi
  • Duration
    50:06 h
  • Elevation
    44,200 ft
Rwanda Alternative Riding

Road Journey Around Rwanda 2021