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.

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“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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Snag yours here for FREE.  When you share on social, remember to tag us and use the hashtag, #rwandaride2018.

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

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The Rwanda Ride: Virtual Experience

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Introducing The Rwanda Ride: Virtual Experience.

We now have a stable of riders (Bike Valets) that will ride the entire ride for you!  No more getting dirty and sweaty for you!  They will get on at the start line, crank out 50, 25, or 10 miles, and return your bike to you at the end all while wearing a live streaming camera that feeds directly to a Oculus Rift, Virtual Reality unit.  And where do we put the this virtual reality experience?  In the beer garden of course!

Sit back, relax, and maybe drink a beer or two from our beer sponsors: Docent Brewing and Laguna Beach Beer Co while experiencing the Ride for Rwanda course from the comfort of the beer garden.

We are taking registrations for The Rwanda Ride: Virtual Experience today, 04/01, only.  If you want in, this is your chance.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section bg_color=”hsl(0, 0%, 0%)” parallax=”false” class=”cs-ta-center” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_button size=”global” block=”false” circle=”false” icon_only=”false” href=”https://rwandaride.com/happy-april-fools-day/” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””]Register Now![/x_button][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

Help Us Spread the Word

[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ accent=”false”]Help us grow the ride[/x_custom_headline][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]Our event grows every year thanks to the “grassroots” efforts of our volunteers and sponsors. We’ve got some awesome event flyers and posters this year (great design by our friends at Westamerica Communications). Pick up a flyer at your favorite local bike shop – we’re spreading them all over town! Better yet, PRINT OUT YOUR OWN FLYER and post it at your office, your favorite coffee shop / watering hole, your barber or nail salon. Thanks for helping us reach our goal of 1500 riders this year![/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px 0px 45px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”https://rwandaride.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/212800.50MR.FLYERS.F.1.16-1.jpg” alt=”” link=”true” href=”https://rwandaride.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/212800.50MR.FLYERS.F.1.16-1.pdf” title=”” target=”blank” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

How to Train for the 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda

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[/x_custom_headline][x_share title=”Share this Post” share_title=”” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true” email_subject=”Hey, thought you might enjoy this! Check it out when you have a chance:”][x_image type=”none” src=”https://rwandaride.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/9-riders-634×4222.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” style=”display: block;float: none;margin: 0 auto;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]So you’ve decided to attempt the 50 Mile Ride.  That’s AWESOME!  And for a great cause.  Maybe this is your first time hitting a big distance, or maybe you’ve done it before and want it to hurt a little less.  Wherever you are in your cycling journey, there are a few key takeaways in this article that will help you get to your goal.  The 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda requires a combination of endurance and speed to complete.  Let’s take a detailed look at the things you should focus on when getting ready to tackle 50 miles.[/cs_text][cs_text]

  1. Spend Time on Your Mountain Bike

This may seem pretty straight forward, but many mountain bikers do a bulk of their training on a road bike or a trainer.  This is good, but riding off road with climbs, downhill sections, single track, and varied terrain requires skill that is hard to build on a road bike or a trainer.  Spending time on your mountain bike will help you develop the technical riding skills and sport specific strength that is required to pedal a mountain bike for 50 miles.

  1. Tempo Rides – Increase Your Threshold

Tempo rides are a great way to develop your threshold capacity on a mountain bike.  These rides should be challenging and the pace should feel fast but sustainable for the duration of the ride.  If you are a data geek and ride with a power or heart rate in mind, tempo rides should be pushing into zone 3.  For the rest of us, you should feel challenged and slightly uncomfortable during the ride.

Your tempo rides should be an hour long without the warm up and cool down.  You can break up the tempo sessions into 10 – 30 minute sections, followed by a slower paced spin for recovery.  So, if we are going out on a 60 min ride, you should warm up for 10 minutes then perform a 20 minute, higher intensity period.  Follow this by a 3-5 minute moving rest period where you are not pushing the pace.  Repeat this process 3 times to hit the hour long target.  Here’s and example:

10 Minute Warm Up

Then,

Repeat this 3 times:

20 Minute high intensity tempo effort

5 minute easy spin for recovery

Then,

10 Minute cool down spin

You will want to perform this type of ride once a week.

  1. Interval Rides – Short and Fast

Intervals sessions are very important for building climbing strength and pushing out your aerobic capacity (allowing you keep going at a higher heart rate and not feel as fatigued).  As we see it, there are two types of intervals that will help you conquer the 50 mile distance.

Interval efforts should be between 20 seconds and 2 minutes in duration, followed by a 1-2 minute rest period.

You will want to perform each type of ride once a week.

Hill Intervals: Find a hill that takes you 20 seconds – 2 minutes to climb at a good pace. After a 10 – 15 minute warm up, set up at the bottom of the hill and start climbing.  When you reach the top, you shuld be pretty near spent.  Turn around and ride down the hill for recovery.  If this is a short hill, make sure that you have at least 1 minute to fully recover.  Repeat this process 10 – 20 times.  Make sure to do a 10 – 15 minute cooldown ride when you are done.

Flat Intervals: Find a good, somewhat flat stretch of road or trail and start riding. Go easy for 10 – 15 minutes to warm up.  Once you are warmed up, dig in and go HARD for 20 seconds to 2 minutes.  Push hard.  When you finish that hard effort, change to an easy spin for 1 minute.  Repeat this process 10 – 20 times.  Make sure to do a 10 – 15 minute cooldown ride when you are done.

  1. Endurance Rides – Long and Slow

This shouldn’t be a surprise, but you will need to actually do some longer rides to prepare for the distance of 50 miles.  Having some experience with longer distance, the issues that may arise, how to eat, and how to hydrate will be essential for completing the 50 mile distance.

Endurance rides should be long and slow compared to tempo or interval rides.  You should start with a ride distance that is challenging for you now and work up to a distance that is 80% – 90% of the total event distance, or 40 – 45 miles with a similar amount of elevation gain.

You will want to perform this type of ride once a week.  Most people like to do these on the weekends because they take some time.

  1. Do Some Strength Training…Really

Before you accuse us of heresy in the mountain bike world, hear us out.  Strength training is important for all cyclists, especially for mountain bikers.  The bike and terrain handling involved in completing 50 miles on a mountain bike takes strong legs, core strength, strong hips, a strong lower back, and a strong upper body.  Especially your grip.  Anyone who has ridden for that long knows the grip strength struggle is real.

Having a strong body makes handling your bike easier and pedaling for that long less fatiguing.  Here is what you should do.

  1. Squat: Barbell squats help you build overall body strength, especially in the legs and lower back. Read below for a sample weekly workout.
  2. Pullups: Pullups help you hold onto your bike and control the bars on tricky sections.
  3. Bench Press: Lateral pressing motions like the bench press help with arm and shoulder fatigue while in the saddle.
  4. Core: A strong core is essential to keep driving power to the pedals on long rides.

 

  1. Dial in your Nutrition

Ride day nutrition is very different than day to day nutrition.  And one of the biggest challenges in the endurance world is finding the type of nutrition and supplementation plan that works for you.  Your long endurance training rides serve as the perfect testing environment to dial it in.  You will need to eat more calories and will most likely want to look into carbohydrate gels and hydration supplements.  There are several aid stations along the 50 mile route.  You should also check out the map to see where they are.  You can fill up on water and snacks there.

You need to do the due diligence on your training rides to figure out what works for you.

  1. Pre-Ride the Course

You can check out the route here, and even download maps to strava and Garmin devices that will allow you to pre-ride the course.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”https://rwandaride.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/50-MR-Start.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” style=”display: block;float: none;margin: 0 auto;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_custom_headline level=”h3″ looks_like=”h4″ accent=”false”]Sample Training Week[/x_custom_headline][cs_text]Monday

Hill Intervals:

30 second hill with 1:00 rest in between intervals.  Repeat 20 times.

 

Strength Training:

Barbell Squats:

Work up to a heavy set of 3 reps, then do 3 sets of 10 reps at a lower weight.

Back Extensions:

Do 3 sets of 10 – 15 reps

Decline Situps:

Do 3 sets of 10 – 15 reps

 

Tuesday

Tempo Ride:

10 – 15 minute warm up.

3 x 20 minute intervals.  Rest 5 minutes between intervals.

10 – 15 minute cool down.

 

Wednesday

Rest

 

Thursday

Flat Intervals:

2 minute intervals.  Rest 1 minute between efforts.  Repeat 10 times.

 

Strength Training:

Bench Press:

Work up to a heavy set of 3 reps, then do 3 sets of 10 reps at a lower weight.

Pullups:

3 sets until failure.  If you can’t do at least 8 pullups, use the lat pull down or rowing machine instead and do 3 sets of 10 – 15 reps.

 

Core Circuit: Do 3 sets of this circuit

Planks x 1 minute

Crunches x 30 – 50 reps

Supermans x 20 – 40 reps

Leg Lifts x 10 – 30 reps

Rest 1 minute

 

Friday

Rest

 

Saturday

Endurance Ride: Do a ride that is between 20 and 45 miles, depending on how close you are to the Rwanda Ride event date.  Make sure the ride has similar elevation gain and terrain.  Test your nutrition and hydration strategies.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

We Have Changed Our Name… Slightly

[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ class=”cs-ta-center” style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”https://rwandaride.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Ride-for-Rwanda.png” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]All of you old school guys and gals know that 50 Mile Ride for Rwanda was always called “The Rwanda Ride” by nearly everyone. This year, as we looked back on where we have been and where we are going, we realized how big this event has become and all of the amazing things YOU to for others by participating.

First, we realized that the 10 and 25 mile routes are growing! And that is awesome. We want them to continue growing and one of the things we constantly hear when we are sharing with others about the event is that, most people hear 50 miles on a Mountain Bike and Check out. While the 50 mile ride will always be the heart of the event, we didn’t want to discourage people from changing the world just because our name sounded scary.

So, at this years first planning meeting, the team discussed it and decided to call the ride what the public had been calling it for a long time – The Ride for Rwanda.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]

Official 50 Mile Ride Event Date Announcement – 2017

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Online Registration is closed…but you can still ride. Here’s how!

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Registration will be available at Rock N Road Cyclery in Mission Viejo on Friday (April 29th) from 11am to 6pm.

27825 Santa Margarita Pkwy,
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92691

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