About us

You’re invited to join our Annual “Rwanda Ride”

What began as a 50th birthday ride in 2006, has evolved into one of the largest mountain bike events in Southern California.

What makes this ride different?

First of all, our event is a “ride”, not a race. Riders participate for a lot of reasons: some for the challenge of riding further on a mountain bike than ever before, some because they love the Rwanda cause, some for the fun of sharing the day with all of their riding buddies. Second, our event is a fundraiser. We’ve raised over $770,000 for Team Africa Rising and World Bicycle Relief in our first nine events. These funds are used to further the economic development of Rwanda and other African nations through initiatives based on the bicycle as a tool and symbol of hope.

Will you join us?

Our Rwanda Ride provides riders, sponsors, and their families an opportunity to make a real difference just by doing something they already love doing. Last year we had 1292 participants – and we want to break that record this year.



Team Africa Rising’s mission is to unify African countries through the sport of cycling. Team Africa Rising is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, tax ID # 27-3113955.


Through the sport of cycling amongst cyclists, federations, nations and the world of cycling.


Build a group of teams and federations all working for the common good, to advance the sport of cycling to give hope to their athletes and their countries.


Raise the level of competition in Africa to compete on the worldwide stage as a means to illustrate excellence in sport to the world.

The Vision of Team Africa Rising:

  • To replicate the Team Rwanda Cycling success story.
  • By integrating efforts, help to improve African sporting competitiveness and excellence.
  • More Africans winning international races will change the face of cycling.
  • African cyclists becoming role models to younger athletes in their respective nations.
  • Give countries an opportunity to race competitively on the European cycling circuit who otherwise may never have had the chance.
  • Bring sponsorship support to the continent of Africa in the sport of cycling.
  • Bring countries together who might otherwise be in conflict via the sport of cycling.
  • Field the first all-African team in Europe with the eventual goal participating in the Tour de France.


World Bicycle Relief (WBR) is mobilizing people through the Power of Bicycles. We envision a world where distance is no longer a barrier to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. World Bicycle Relief is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, tax ID # 20-5080679.

Sustainable Development:>

WBR provides specially-designed, locally assembled bicycles to entrepreneurs, healthcare workers and students across rural Africa through sustainable work-to-own and study-to-own programs. They also train field mechanics to ensure access to maintenance and spare parts.


How WBR Gets It Done:

DESIGN, SOURCE & MANUFACTURE rugged bicycles engineered specifically for rural terrain and load requirements.
ASSEMBLE bicycles locally with proper tools and close attention to quality.
DELIVER bicycles through purchases, work-to-own & study-to-own programs.
ESTABLISH maintenance infrastructure by training local field mechanics.
EVALUATE our work through independent studies.
COMMUNICATE program results to donors and partners.