In one day experience two sides of Uganda...

The floor of the Rift Valley, hot, dry and beautifully endless, where you'll cycle alongside impala (antelope) and, from a distance, buffalo and elephants. And then the cool, lush foothills of the mountains above, where monkeys swing from trees and tea plantations thrive. 

Choose the challenge of cycling the up course, climbing from the lowest point in Uganda, 615m, over a vertical kilometre up, to finish at 1685m. The down course, cycling down into the valley and watching it open up in front of you. Or the ultimate adventure, the beast course, all the way down, and all the way back up. The Ride the Rift course, whichever way you cycle it, is spectacular. 

The inaugural Ride the Rift, like Running the Rift Marathon, will be a small, intimate event where participants get to know each other, and organisers can cater to each individual. We expect 70-100 cyclists for the ride.


UP COURSE

Distance: 100km
Start time: 7am
Start location: Lake Albert 615m above sea level (depart Kyaninga Lodge at 4:30am and travel to Lake Albert by bus, journey time approx. 2 hrs)
Finish location: Kyaninga Lodge 1685m, above sea level
Terrain: 15% tarmac road (main climb), 85% local clay track (see this page for images)
Elevation gain: 1060m
Total ascent: 2079m
Total descent: 1120m
Cut-off time: 6pm (11 hours)
Anticipated average time: 6-8 hours
Fuel stations: two (water, electrolytes and food)
Traffic: Roads will remain open, traffic is very low volume

 Up Course Profile

Up Course Profile

 Up Course Map

Up Course Map


DOWN COURSE

Distance: 100km
Start time: 7am
Start location: Kyaninga Lodge 1685m, above sea level
Finish location: Lake Albert 615m above sea level (refreshments provided before travel back to Kyaninga Lodge, journey time approx. 2 hours)
Terrain: 15% tarmac road (main climb), 85% local clay track (see this page for images)
Elevation gain: -1060m
Total ascent: 1066m
Total descent: 2029m
Cut-off time: 2pm (7 hours)
Anticipated average time: 3-4 hours
Fuel stations: two (water, electrolytes and food)
Traffic: Roads will remain open, traffic is very low volume

 Down Course Profile

Down Course Profile

 Down Course Map

Down Course Map


Beast Course

Beast in nature, not in ferocious animals. The only 'beasts' you'll come across are Impala, a beautiful antelope native to Africa. Called the Beast Course because this is one hell of a challenge!

Distance: 200km
Start time: 7am
Start location: Kyaninga Lodge 1685m, above sea level
Finish location:  Kyaninga Lodge
Turnaround point: 100km, Lake Albert 615m above sea level
Terrain: 15% tarmac road (main climb), 85% local clay track (see this page for images)
Elevation gain: 0m
Total ascent: 3145m
Total descent: 3145m
Cut-off time: 11am at the halfway point (4 hours into the ride)
Anticipated average time: 8-12 hours
Fuel stations: five (water, electrolytes and food)
Traffic: Roads will remain open, traffic is very low volume

Course: This is an out and back course that follows the DOWN COURSE out, and the UP COURSE back. See above for course profiles and routes.