First Grand Prize Sponsor On Board

Stealth PBOHow cool is this?  SPINERGY WHEELS has already signed up to be the first of our Grand Prize Sponsors!  Spinergy will be donating not one but TWO wheelsets for our Grand Prize category raffle.  Roadies will want the Stealth PBO wheelset (value $1200), and the MTB gang will try to win the Xyclone Disc set (value $800).  Thanks to our good friend Randy Matson at Spinergy for helping to make this happen.  We’re off and running!

Want to sponsor our event? Or do you know a company who’d make a great sponsor?  You can help us reach our fundraising goals next year by referring potential sponsors to us.  We’ll answer all their questions, you just need to introduce us.  Thanks for your support!

Save the Date – April 28, 2012

We’re pleased to announce the date for our 6th Annual Rwanda Ride:  Saturday April 28, 2012. Hope you and your friends can join us!  We’ve already got ideas and plans for even more fun, more prizes, more thrills (but hopefully LESS spills).  Mark your calendars now!  Registration for our 2012 event will open on November 1, 2011.

Our 5th is Number One

sponsor banner 2011Thanks for helping make our 5th annual Rwanda Ride our very best ever!

In every way, this was an event to remember.  More riders than ever before – 631.  More funds raised than ever before – over $71,500 and still counting.  More raffle prizes than ever before – over $30,000 in prizes, a new record for any biking event in OC.  More sponsors than ever before – we had lots of great new faces join our sponsor family this year.  More wind than ever before – OK, so maybe more wind is not such a good thing.

On behalf of Project Rwanda, Team Rwanda, and our entire event planning team – we say “THANK YOU” to all of our sponsors, all of our volunteers, and all of our riders and their families.  We had a blast this year!  And we hope you did too.

Want to do this again next year?  Stay tuned, we’ll be announcing our 2012 date soon.

San Juan Hut Systems Just Added

bike_huts_imageLATE BREAKING NEWS:  San Juan Hut Systems has returned as an event sponsor – but even bigger and better than before!  This year they are offering not one but TWO different backcountry mountain bike adventure trips.  San Juan Hut Systems is a series of backcountry huts that lead you through spectacular Southwestern terrain and provides mountain bikers, skiers, hikers, and trail runners with an experience of a lifetime.  The huts allow for lightweight travel while maintaining a self reliant adventure.  Our Grand Prize raffle category will offer two trips:  Durango to Moab, and Telluride to Moab.  CLICK HERE to learn more.  Be sure to enter our raffle for your chance at these great trips!

Google Map of Route Available

mapWe now have a GOOGLE MAP of our route available.  You can see our entire 50 mile route, including all the volunteer stations and major aid stations.  NOTE:  25 milers use the same route all the way to the Dove Canyon waterfall, but they skip the Caspers section and instead head back to Cooks following the route.  Mile markers are included so you can see relative distances between points.  Zoom in for more detail, or use Google Earth if you have it for a cool “flyover” effect.  Special thank you to Mark Warrick and Josh Kompa for their map-making skills.  No excuse for getting lost now!  VIEW THE MAP HERE.

Just Kick It

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Who needs pedals?

I was in Rock n Road Cyclery the other day, and I met a guy named Mike Santa Cruz.  With a name like Santa Cruz, I just knew he’d have something to do with bikes.  Turns out I was wrong.  Yes, his product has two wheels.  And it has a front and rear brake.  But alas, it has no pedals!  What the heck?  Mike represents SoCal Footbike, and he is our newest event sponsor.  You gotta check out these cool “adult scooters”.  Mike has generously donated one of his Street Footbikes, and if you’re the lucky raffle prize drawing winner, you’ll get to take it home with you.  We’ll even have a demo model available at our event in case you want to “try before you buy”.  You can find out more about their products at SOCALFOOTBIKE .

The Survivor

adrien50 Mile Ride for Project Rwanda is proud to help support Team Rwanda.  A few years ago the Rwandan cycling team was training in Moab Utah.  Some of our event organizers had the honor to meet the team – including Adrien Niyonshuti.  After living through the Rwandan genocide of 1994, Adrien is the number one mountain biker on what is now the biggest cycling team in Africa.  He will be, without doubt, the most extraordinary athlete at the 2012 Olympic Games.  And YOU are have helped him get there.  Check out ADRIEN’S STORY that recently appeared in Sports Illustrated SA Edition.

Win an MTB Adventure Holiday

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80 Miles of MTB Trails

We’re really jazzed to have SoloSports on board as a new sponsor this year. They’re generously donating a complete Adventure Holiday package in amazing Punta San Carlos, sure to be a hit in our Grand Prize raffle drawing.  Here’s the details:

50 mile Ride/Project Rwanda Special SoloSports Adventure Holiday – a $1,900.00 value*
Your 8 day/7 night all inclusive holiday includes:
•    Roundtrip transportation from San Diego to Punta San Carlos via 15-pax van or optional – private plane
•    Deluxe camping on a protected carpeted tarmac in quiet canvas mini cabin tent including sleeping pads, bedding & pillows
•    All your meals, snacks and beverages including beer, wine, spirits and cocktails (we have an outside cantina & lounge stocked with top name spirits)
•    Daily hot showers, Internet and use of our activity room with TV/DVD, game area, and library
•    Use of surfboards, stand up paddle boards, mountain bikes, kayaks etc.
for those with advanced windsurfing or kiteboarding skills, we also include top of the line windsurf and kite gear!
•    Instruction in mountain biking, surfing, standup paddleboarding & digital photography
•    The services of our friendly SoloSports Staff to enhance your Punta San Carlos experience

A message from Kevin Trejo, founder of SoloSports Adventure Holidays:
“I started SoloSports in 1987 with an intense desire to live the outdoor sports lifestyle- traveling to exotic destinations and, enjoying the exciting and rewarding life it brings.  Being a mountain biker/surfer/windsurfer, I was, like many others, drawn to Punta San Carlos for the waves and wind and endless possibilities for mountain biking.  After my first experience,  I was hopelessly in love.  I have never found a more enchanting place with its natural splendor, breathtaking scenic vistas, wonderful people and perfect conditions for a myriad of land and water activities.

“Not very long after
that first experience I began to focus all my travel services to Punta San Carlos.  During the following decades I noticed something unique about my guests.  They chose my services over hundreds of other vacation travel options because their experience with me was truly a special, memorable adventure.  I began a quest to discover and capture just what my guests found so alluring about our Punta San Carlos experiences.  It was no surprise, ….they were just like me, with the same love of adventure, solo sports, the land, the ocean and the people.

“It was then I realized that I wasn’t offering vacations but very special adventure holidays.  The exhilarating private plane or dirt road ride to camp, the first rush of dropping in on a head high wave or a screaming downhill MTB run, always top the list of guest favorite experiences.  But sitting back at sunset clutching an ice cold Baja Fog, nursing your sore tired muscles  and savoring our own Baja cook’s – fresh, homemade Baja cuisine, also share top honors of precious moments that make up our holidays.  I remember a conversation with one of my guests as we were leaving for home. He said  “I’ve never had this much fun on a vacation before, in fact, I need a vacation just to come down from this past week.” It’s  true, most of my guests maximize their time with me …from sun-up to waning moon.   Punta San Carlos just has that affect on me and my guests.

“So when  a vacation is not enough,
when you crave a truly rewarding adventure in one of the world’s breathtaking pristine coastal desert places, with totally unique experiences you will remember for a lifetime, discover Punta San Carlos with SoloSports Adventure Holidays.  But be advised,  you may need a vacation afterward.”

You just won’t know until you go.

Kevin Trejo – CEO

Grand Prize Bike – Italian Beauty

Ahhh, Italy.  What’s not to love about Italy? The wine.  The food.  The art.  The history.  The women.  And now – the BIKES!

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Raffle Grand Prize Bike

We are so excited to announce the Grand Prize in our HUGE prize raffle. Are you ready for this?  A brand new, race-ready, full-carbon, work-of-art-mountain-bike-perfection Bottecchia Reparto Corse Gardena 699 ($6500 value!).  Since 1909, Bottecchia has been building high-end bikes (both road and mountain), in the heart of Italian wine country.  Their bikes have been ridden to podium finishes in countless international races.  Now they’re ready to launch their brand in the US – and they chose OUR EVENT to unveil their product in North America.  How sweet is that?

Special thanks to our sponsor BraxSports LTD. They are the agent/distributor of some of the most exclusive European cycling brands for the North American market.  Brands represented include Bottecchia Reparto Corse Cycles of Italy and Cervo Rosso Performance Cycling Apparel from Switzerland.  (Both of these brands are included in our prize raffle, thanks to our friends at BraxSports.)

Our prize raffle will be held immediately following our 50 Mile Ride event, starting at approx 2:30pm on April 30.  You must be present to win!  Raffle tickets are sold in $20 packages – each package includes (1) Grand Prize raffle ticket and (20) general raffle tickets.  Drop your tickets in the prize baskets you want to win, and start crossing your fingers!

New Route: Less Miles, More Feet

whitingranchsignWe’re excited to announce our new route for this year’s Rwanda Ride. As you know, the heavy rains and flooding we experienced earlier this year have messed up some of our favorite trails – including Arroyo Trabuco, a key section of our Rwanda route.  But mountain bikers are a resilient bunch, and we’ve figured out an even BETTER route for our 5th annual event.

Our 50 Mile Ride event will be the first-ever mountain bike event to travel through (3) OC Parks:  Whiting Ranch, O’Neill Park, and Caspers Park.  It’s our off-road version of the “Tour de Dirt”.  You’ll love the new section we added in Whiting – it does add some climbing, but it also adds some of your favorite single-track trails in the park.

Our planning team mapped the new route, and the complete 50 miler (as well as the 25 miler) is posted on Geoladders.  CLICK HERE to view the route and take a virtual tour complete with photos.  Our friends at Geoladders are making this route available for download to all riders – no Geoladders membership is required.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  the actual ride elevation gain is higher than posted on Geoladders. Not sure why it lists a lower number, but we don’t want you mad at us if you experience a bit more climbing than you thought.  So, here’s the real numbers:

  • 50 Miler – 47 actual miles, 6400 feet elevation gain with 1/4+ mile of hike-a-bike in Caspers
  • 25 Miler – 24 actual miles, 3200 feet elevation gain
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Hike-a-bike section thru Caspers

Yes, we know the miles are slightly less than our targets.  But we have more climbing than any other year.  And we’re pretty sure you’ll have enough riding by the time you’re done.  We guarantee you’ll be glad to be back at Cooks for the bbq and beverages and HUGE raffle.  Sign up today!