Dear Participants, Coaches, Staff, Guests and officials,
Rwanda is honored to be selected as the host country for the 2015 African Mountain Bike Continental Championships. With much excitement and anticipation, we welcome you to Musanze, Rwanda for this epic event.
We have been diligently working to prepare this course to be world-class caliber and the races are eagerly awaited. This course was designed and built by the world-class company, Trailworks, from Switzerland. Rudy Hauser and Ueli Guntli traveled to Rwanda on two occasions to design and construct the track using local Rwandan farmers and enlisting the support of the community.
We are confident this will be an enjoyable and challenging experience for all, whether cyclist or spectator. We look forward to seeing everyone’s hard effort tested as the prestigious title of 2015 African Champion is at stake along with Olympic selection bids.
The Rwandan Ministry of Sport and Culture (MINISPOC) and the Rwandan Cycling Federation (FERWACY) are staging the 2015 African Continental Championships events.
The following information in this packet will assist you in your race preparations and planning. If you have any questions that we may assist you with, please do not hesitate to contact us. Otherwise, good luck with your training and we look forward to welcoming you to Rwanda in May!
RWANDA Federation of Cycling (FERWACY)
The 2015 African MTB Continental Championship hosted in Musanze, RWANDA is a UCI XCO event. This Technical Guide covers the procedures for the Elite Men’s, Elite Women’s, U23 Men’s, Junior Men’s, Junior Women’s and Master’s and Citizen’s Races scheduled on May 09&10, 2015.
Citizen race (local riders without UCI license) will register for the race on-site on
Friday 08 MAY at 04 PM at Faraja Hotel.
Faraja Hotel (Thursday, May 08, from 02-05 PM).
All UCI Anti-Doping rules are in effect. The Doping Control station will be located at
ARCC CENTER. The location will be identified at the Team Managers meeting.
RWANDA — The Host Nation
The Republic of Rwanda is located in east Africa, bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda is in the Africa Great Lakes region and is highly elevated with its western regions being mountainous and its eastern regions dominated by savannas. The climate of Rwanda is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year. Rwanda is located a few degrees south of the equator and uses Central Africa Time (CAT), UTC+02:00.
Rwanda’s current president is Paul Kagame. The principal language throughout the country is Kinyarwanda; however, French and English serve as the official languages. The local currency is the Rwandan Franc (RWF).
Although Rwanda’s economy was stalled during the 1994 genocide, the country has since rebounded with admirable strength and unity. Rwanda is known for its incredible coffee and tea, which serve as its major exports. The beautiful landscape of Rwanda paired with such rich culture has made the country a top-destination for tourists worldwide. Whether you are interested in seeing the world-famous mountain gorillas, hiking a volcano, visiting a lake, or going on a safari game drive, Rwanda has something to offer everyone.
For more information on things to do or see in Rwanda, please check out: http://www.rwandatourism.com
MUSANZE — The Host City
Musanze district is located in the Northern Province of Rwanda, approximately 95 km from the capital city of Kigali. It is 530 sqkm with a population of approximately 370,000 and is situated at an altitude of approximately 1,800-2,000 m above sea level.
Musanze is Rwanda’s most mountainous district, making it the ideal location for a mountain biking event. Musanze serves as a hub for tourists as it contains the largest part of the Volcanoes National Park, with five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga chain located within its district boundaries (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Sabyinyo, Gahinga, Muhabura). Musanze district is also where most of Rwanda’s mountain gorillas are located, making it the most popular tourist destination in the country.
Rwanda is a remarkably safe country. However, we do recommend that you exercise normal caution as you would at home when you are traveling in our country. The best advice for all visitors is to be aware of your surroundings at all times and to travel with others. Please be aware of what you are doing with your possessions and don’t go into risky areas at night.
Some general guidelines to keep in mind while traveling throughout Rwanda:
- Keep your belongings with you at all times.
- Watch out for staged mishaps, this could be ploy to divert your attention.
- When seeking directions, proceed to marked information counters or personnel only.
- Do not leave your valuables unattended.
- Avoid an ostentatious display of expensive items.
- Make sure you have the contact number of your hotel in case you get lost.
- Keep your handbag closed, and your wallet in an inside pocket of your trousers.
- Store and cover all valuables left in your vehicle.
- Stay away from dark, isolated areas at night.