ABOUT THE RIDE

oakley crowd scene

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 $550,000 for Rwanda in our first eight events. These funds are used to further the economic development of Rwanda through initiatives based on the bicycle as a tool and symbol of hope.

Will you join us?   REGISTRATION FOR 2015 EVENT WILL OPEN IN DECEMBER 2014

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 936 participants – and we want to break that record this year.

ABOUT TEAM RWANDA

Team Rwanda on a training ride

Team Rwanda Cycling is a story about redemption, hope, and second chances.  Tom Ritchey, renowned mountain bike industry pioneer, first visited Rwanda in 2005.  Awed by the natural beauty of Rwanda, he was also deeply moved by the people and their stories of reconciliation and hope.  Tom knew he could use his talent and resources to help make a difference.  He founded Project Rwanda, a nonprofit that created and distributed cargo-bearing utility bikes to impoverished coffee growers.  In addition, Tom recruited his long-time friend and cycling legend Jock Boyer to form, coach, and mentor the young men who would become Rwanda’s first National Cycling Team.  The mission of Team Rwanda Cycling is to search for talent to empower, enable and to inspire not just individuals but families, communities and a nation through cycling.

Team Rwanda Cycling is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, tax ID # 27-3113955.

Adrien Niyonshuti – Rwanda’s Olympic Mtn Biker

Adrien training at the London Olympics

Adrien Niyonshuti lost 60 of his family in the Genocide. Maybe because he sought purpose behind his pain, maybe because it was the only way to stop his overpowering headaches, maybe he just had a gift, but Adrien started cycling in 2003.  Three years later Adrien rode a Mountain Bike for the first time, catching Jock and winning a local race.  Adrien joined Team Rwanda and blossomed under Jock’s mentorship.  In 2011, Adrien qualified for the Olympic Games, a bold achievement that would send shockwaves throughout Rwanda and the World, a living example that the ghosts of our past have no power over our future.

ABOUT WORLD BICYCLE RELIEF

World Bicycle Relief is dedicated to providing access to independence and livelihood through The Power of Bicycles.

With over 150,000 bicycles in the field and more than 800 field mechanics trained, World Bicycle Relief is changing lives across Africa.  World Bicycle Relief currently has assembly facilities in Angola, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe and has supplied bicycles through programs in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Funds raised in our 50 Mile Ride event are used to provide much-needed bicycles for students, health care workers, and farmers in Rwanda.

World Bicycle Relief is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, tax ID # 20-5080679.



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