Training Rides for MTB and Gravel

Training Rides for MTB and Gravel

Our good friends with Linked Cycling support our ride every year by partnering as our Trail Ambassadors on event day.  You’ll see them riding along our trails all that day (watch for their bright green Trail Ambassador bike placards).  If you need help with a flat, or just an encouraging word to make it up that last steep hill – our boys in green are here to help you!

This year, Linked Cycling is organizing a series of group training rides for both MTB and gravel. Each ride will get progressively more difficult and should augment the training of those looking to complete the 25 or 50-mile courses as well as to help familiarize riders with the Good Dirt Trails. They’re not meant to be your sole training rides; they’re meant to be benchmarks in your personal training regimen.  

Please feel free to email the Linked Cycling director, with any specific questions or comments.

Schedule: (All rides are weather dependent) 

Gravel:  3/14, and 4/4 – Gravel rides will focus on Tijeras creek out to Casper’s and O’Neil Park and are intended for intermediate to advanced gravel riders only. Cross-Country mountain bikes are welcome. Riders are welcome to join us for pre-ride prayer and devotional or come ready to ride at roll time. All rides will meet at 0715, pray at 0725, roll at 0730 sharp.

Gravel Training Ride (on 3/14) Strava  –

·       Estimated 32Miles, 3,500 feet of Climbing

·       Meet at Applied Medical: 29977 Avenida De Las Banderas building r100, RSM 92688

Gravel Training Ride (on 4/4) Strava  –

·       Estimated 46 Miles, 5,300 feet of Climbing

·       Meet at Taco Mesa: 27702 Crown Valley Pkwy, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

MTB: 3/21, 4/11 – Mountain bike training rides will be part of Linked Cycling’s Saturday rides. Riders are welcome to join us for pre-ride prayer and devotional or come ready to ride at roll time. All rides will meet at 0715, devotional at 0730, roll at 0745 sharp. 

MTB Training Ride (on 3/21) Strava  –

·       Estimated 26 Miles, 2,600 feet of Climbing

·       Meet at Taco Mesa: 27702 Crown Valley Pkwy, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

MTB Training Ride (on 4/11) Strava  –

·       Estimated 32 Miles, 3,500 feet of Climbing

·       Meet at Applied Medical: 29977 Avenida De Las Banderas building r100, RSM 92688

Requirements:  All bikes must be well-tuned and ready for the rigors of off-road riding and recently tuned. Please bring a spare tube and any nutrition required for multiple hours on your bike.  

Free Socks for Christmas

Free socks for Christmas**

**Register for the Rwanda Ride (now called the “Good Dirt Ride”) before the end of December, and receive a FREE pair of cycling socks.  Simply add a pair of our official Cycling Socks to your REGISTRATION, and enter socks in the coupon code.  Hit “Apply” and you’ll get $10 off your total.  But hurry – you must register by midnight on December 31st to receive this special offer.

2019 is in the Books

Two of Team Rwanda’s original cyclists – Adrien and Rafiki – at the starting line.

Thank you for making our 13th Annual Rwanda Ride the most fun event ever! The weather was perfect, the vibe was awesome, the food was delicious, the beer was cold, and the PRIZES were plentiful. Together, you helped us raise $127,000 this year. That’s incredible! Because of your support, Team Africa Rising will continue to train young athletes in Rwanda and beyond, providing hope and inspiration to a whole new generation. And we’re also providing durable utility bikes to impoverished school children and farmers in Africa. Who knew you could make such a difference simply by doing what you already love doing – riding a bike?

New Caspers Route for 50 Milers

Due to significant trail damage along Oso and Bell Canyon Trails inside Caspers, we will drop down Sun Rise Trail from the East Ridge Trail this year. You’ll be skipping half a mile of hike-a-bike, and you’ll thank us later. You’re welcome!

Food. Food. Beer. More Food.

You’re going to work up an appetite on event day.  And you’re gonna be thirsty.  We’ve got you covered!  Our food lineup this year includes:  Habit BurgerChick-Fil-ASmoqued BBQGreen Olive, and Everbowl Acai.  Back by popular demand, the local Rotary Club of Coto/RSM will be hosting our Beer Garden – featuring tasty micro-brews from our friends at Docent Brewing and Laguna Beach Beer Company.  Bring your friends and family to join our post-ride party from noon to 3:30pm, with a HUGE prize raffle starting at 2:30pm.

Olympian Adrien Niyonshuti to Join Our Ride

Adrien Niyonshuti was the first Team Rwanda cyclist to participate on the world stage in the 2012 London Olympics. Adrien will be joining our Rwanda Ride event for the very first time this year – helping us to launch our new 75 Mile “Grind” route.

Here are some Fast Stats about this amazing Rwandan cyclist: 1) One of the original five riders of Team Rwanda Cycling, 2) First Rwandan to qualify for an Olympic cycling event (2012 London Olympic XCO MTB), 3) First and still only Rwandan to race on a World TOur Team, 4) Only Rwandan cyclist to race in TWO Olympics (2012 MTB and 2016 Road), 5) Traveled to the US for the first time in 2007 with the original five riders, 6) Returned to the US in 2015 for the Tour of Utah with Team MTN Qhubeka.

Adrien is not only a world class athlete, but he is also a world class human being – helping to “give back” to his country by inspiring a whole new generation of young athletes through his Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling Academy.

Helping Farmers in South Africa

A portion of the funds from the 2018 Rwanda Ride has helped 100 household farmers build gardens to feed their families while also teaching these farmers how to harvest grey water to lessen the impact on an already drought-stricken region of South Africa. These farmers also received a Qhubeka bicycle to help them transport water and their harvests.

Qhubeka, one of the non-profits our event supports, has now donated over 90,000 bicycles on the African continent. These bikes have gone to school children, health care workers, and farmers all in a targeted effort to ease the effects of poverty and lack of access to school, healthcare, and proper nutrition.

Tsatsi Phaweni, Executive Director, Qhubeka NPC speaks to the importance of the project the 50 Mile Ride funded.  “Qhubeka is proud to support the Impilo Household Vegetable Garden Establishment and Grey Water Harvesting Project of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Great Commission Networks (GCN) NPC. The project aims to create 100 household food gardens in the Cape Winelands and Cape Metropole districts.  Recipients earn their bicycles off their commitment and participation in the project, which will eventually benefit 100 Cape Winelands vegetable garden project participants. The bicycles will allow participants to plant and water their gardens and make sure they get their produce to market as quickly as possible, using their own transport.”

Another exciting development within the Qhubeka program is the launch of its new bicycle building company, Real Bicycle Company (RBC). “RBC is an end-to-end bicycle design and manufacturing entity that will help us to supply the best commuter bicycles in the world, as well as creating a new revenue stream for Qhubeka Charity.  Plus we’re providing employment and skills development opportunities in the areas in which we work,” explains Tsatsi Phaweni, director at RBC and Qhubeka.

All bicycles produced in the South Africa manufacturing warehouse will have the South Africa Certificate of Origin, enabling passage of goods to many countries within Africa duty-free. With the launch of RBC, quality bicycles are now being built by Africans for Africans, providing jobs and opportunities beyond the Qhubeka program.

On behalf of Ride for Rwanda, thank you for your support of this event.  Your continued participation is supporting so many young African men and women vying to reach their goals – whether through racing or education, changing their family’s lives forever.  Together, we’ve impacted thousands of lives over the past 13 years. 

Making the world a better place one bicycle at a time! #teamisteam

Gasore’s Bike

Gasore is one of the Rwanda Cycling Team athletes that our Ride has helped to support over the years.  His compelling story, as shared by Kimberly Coats with Team Africa Rising, follows below.

Team Rwanda Cycling wrote many stories over the past near-decade about the life of Gasore Hategeka with the team. Gasore was an orphan when he accidentally found his way on to Team Rwanda. Accidental, because Gasore and another rider had come to our team house in 2009 to test. We only had one bike, so the bike was going to go the rider who did best on the watts test. Gasore and the other young man never tested that day thanks to a power outage which lasted until Jock had to leave the next day to fly to the US. We came up with another bike, and they both ended up on the team.

Click to read more…

“The Grind” – 75 Miles of (Fun?)

New for 2019!  We’re introducing an Epic 75 Mile GRIND. For those of you who finish our 50 miler in under 5 hours… For those who line up at the front and charge the start (even though you know full well this is a “ride not a race”… For those of you who are still “sparky” after 50 mountain miles – this route is for YOU. But bring your “A” game – you still need to finish the entire 75 mile route by our 2:30pm cut-off. All finishers will be awarded a commemorative Rwanda 75 Mile Grind medallion.

*** 75 Mile Route is the 50 Mile Route with another spin around the 25 Mile Route added at the end ***

Show us your Strava when you finish your 75 Mile Grind and we’ll award you with a limited edition commemorative medallion.  You earned it!

REGISTER TODAY for our 13th annual Rwanda Ride.  We have routes for every rider:  10 miles, 25 miles, 50 miles, and now a 75 mile Grind!

2018 Recap

$1,135,000 RAISED!

We can proudly announce that YOU have raised a total $1,135,000 over the last 12 years!

With 1099 riders taking to the OC trails last weekend, you were able to raise $135,000 for Qhubeka and Team Africa Rising.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being part of something special and for truly making a difference in the lives of another human being on a completely different continent.

This reminds us of an African Proverb:

“A single stick may smoke, but it will not burn.” – African Proverb

We are many and we have lit a fire that is spreading across two communities, here and in Rwanda.  Help us keep this fire lit.  Spread the word, get involved, and above all, HAVE FUN!

See you all next year!

The Rwanda Ride Team


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Thanks to MSD Photography for the awesome photos!  See you all again next year!