New MTB stage race launches in Rwanda despite global COVID-19 concerns: the Rwandan Epic – Rwandan Epic

New MTB stage race launches in Rwanda despite global COVID-19 concerns: the Rwandan Epic

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The first international mountain bike stage race in Rwanda is set for its inaugural edition in 2020, starting on the 23rd of November. It boasts a unique new course in one of the most cycling-crazed countries in the world.

T he Rwandan Epic provides an exciting opportunity for cycling enthusiasts globally who have had to alter their 2020 race plans due to the global pandemic, to still join a unique and competitive event before the end of the year. The brand new 4 stage race has just been announced in the African country of Rwanda, dubbed the Land of a Thousand Hills, it is a country famous not only for its tourist attractions but also for the rich cycling culture. The race will be held the final week of November, with race entries opening in June, and registration of interest starting today on their website.

The organizers of the race are convinced international travel will be possible by the time of the race, yet meanwhile guarantee full refund of entry fee in case the virus makes getting to Rwanda impossible.

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„Rwanda is famous not only for its tourist attractions but also for the rich cycling culture.”

 

The organizers of the race are convinced international travel will be possible by the time of the race, yet meanwhile guarantee full refund of entry fee in case the virus makes getting to Rwanda impossible.

The four day race will start off with an urban prologue in the bustling capital city of Kigali, followed by two stages in the area of the Volcanoes National Park, home of the famous Mountain Gorillas. The final stage will take the riders back from the Volcano region in the North to the capital city. The Rwandan epic will cover a total distance of 325 km and an elevation gain of over 6.500 meters.

The event is open for solo racers of all ages (over 18 at time of the race) with prizes for male and female overall, stage winners and a special classification for local East African talent.

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