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Eleonora
 

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1 098 km

Temps écoulé

81:30 h

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  1. Eleonora a fait une sortie à vélo.

    4 février 2021

    10:31
    156 km
    14,9 km/h
    1 670 m
    2 050 m
    Betty, Tobias et 3 autres aiment ceci.
    1. Eleonora

      It was hard to believe this was the last day already. Everyone was keen to reach Kigali around lunch time, with few finisher drinks waiting. We all became friends during the last week, and so everyone was super keen to hang out just a little longer after the riding.

      After another early start and a morning-thunderstorm, it didn’t take long to hit the gravel section. Quite a few parts of the route turned into a little mudfest, resulting in one final test of everyone’s gear. With a few more technical issues, some riders opted to take the road to avoid being stranded in the wilderness with no more spare tubes. I got lucky and pushed on through the original route, which rewarded me with one last day surrounded by the greenest Rwanda landscape.

      • 6 février 2021

  2. Eleonora a fait une sortie à vélo.

    3 février 2021

    12:36
    136 km
    10,8 km/h
    2 760 m
    2 900 m
    Tobias et Bea 🌬️🏵️ aiment ceci.
    1. Eleonora

      The last steep climb of yesterday did bring one good thing: 7 kilometers (4 m) less to do today! Shortly after leaving the hotel, we reached the entrance of the Nyungwe Rainforest. Thanks to our early departure we saw an amazing sunrise inside the rainforest. Birds started chirping and monkeys were running around on the road to find food. It was quite easy to forget the climbing through the rainforest with such a surrounding!

      There is no day in the Journey around Rwanda where there isn’t any kind of gravel involved. The King’s road proved to be a rather rocky path that became slippery when another short thunderstorm hit. But again, I survived and made it to the hotel, tired but happy.

      • 6 février 2021

  3. Eleonora a fait une sortie à vélo.

    2 février 2021

    11:00
    109 km
    9,9 km/h
    2 520 m
    2 110 m
    1. Eleonora

      After three long days in the saddle, this was the first short day. A nice 100-kilometer (62 m) ride, without much elevation, considering the Rwandan hills I had previously experienced. Instead of leaving around 4am as was typical, almost everyone slept in. After a sleepless night with one mosquito attack after another, I also decided to sleep in and left the hotel at 6am.

      Two extra hours of sleep helped me climb the gravel section like a young gazelle. The tea plantation tempted me to stop for a cup of tea, but I convinced myself to keep on pedaling.

      On the 25-kilometer (16 m) gravel downhill that followed, which had been advertised as a fast gravel highway track, I realized that one more extra tube might have been a useful thing to bring. Rwanda’s gravel proved to be rather sharp and the late start in the morning took its toll when the afternoon sun hit—just in time for the last climb of the day, which was also the steepest one.

      Apart from that, my legs still felt quite great. Thanks to the curfews and bikepacking style of the event, they had a great rest every night and I also ate a lot more than I would have during the race, so there was more time to recover and stay fresh until the last day.

      • 6 février 2021

  4. Eleonora a fait une sortie à vélo.

    1 février 2021

    10:23
    171 km
    16,4 km/h
    3 000 m
    3 510 m
    Tobias et Renner Anderson aiment ceci.
    1. Eleonora

      Some riders seemed to have gotten too used to the spoiled life at the Cycling Center and when it was time to leave in the morning, they opted to sleep in.

      I had my mind focused on the 200-kilometer (124 m) day lying ahead all night and woke up around 3am without an alarm. I really enjoyed the morning hours on the bike, being up before everybody else and having the roads for myself. Then I witnessed how the rest of the world was waking up. Hearing the birds sing and seeing the sun rising gave me a lot of energy for the rest of the day, which was lined by some of the most amazing scenery Rwanda has to offer.

      Making it up to the Gishwati Forest without pushing my bike was a good challenge and I was treated with a fast 30 kilometer (19 m) descent on tarmac to Gisenyi afterwards. Only to learn that there are even steeper roads hidden around the next corner. The Congo Nile Trail includes some of the steepest gravel sections of the whole course and rumors have it that only one rider made it up there without pushing the bike.

      • 6 février 2021

  5. Eleonora a fait une sortie à vélo.

    1 février 2021

    15:20
    202 km
    13,2 km/h
    3 080 m
    2 580 m
    Fleck et Tobias aiment ceci.
    1. Eleonora

      Is there anything better than starting your day on a flat-ish gravel section with a sunrise just behind the lake? Day two of the journey offered quite a bit of gravel with absolutely stunning scenery. But don’t be fooled by the flat start. Soon after, the climbing started and did not stop for the rest of the day.

      Many riders underestimated the last gravel section of the day up to the Twin Lakes and were more than happy to finally arrive at the African Rising Cycling center, just before the curfew. They greeted everyone with warm food, a hot shower, a comfy bed and even spoiled all of us with a bike washing service and a bike mechanic to fix smaller issues.

      • 6 février 2021

  6. Eleonora a fait une sortie à vélo.

    30 janvier 2021

    12:18
    185 km
    15,0 km/h
    1 790 m
    1 740 m
    1. Eleonora

      Most riders opted for an early start in the morning. There was a long day ahead and both locals as well as veterans had warned about the heat that can hit the Akagera National Park in the afternoon. Every few minutes, there was another rider leaving the hotel and hitting the road.

      There are a few hills to get over when getting out of Kigali and soon a couple of small groups had built up to ride together. As the first 80 kilometers (50 m) went by on smooth tarmac, it was time to get on to some dusty but fast gravel towards Akagera National Park. The gravel quickly turned into a single track and the faster bunch of the riders got caught in a thunderstorm. There’s little place to hide out there, but luckily the Rwandans were friendly enough to let the riders hide in their shops and huts.

      • 6 février 2021

  7. Eleonora a fait une sortie à vélo.

    10 août 2019

  8. Eleonora a fait une sortie à vélo.

    9 août 2019

    06:00
    85,9 km
    14,3 km/h
    610 m
    370 m