Ride Sierra Leone - The Ultimate African Cycling Adventure.
This adventure helps our charity to carry out projects that change lives and help the world's most vulnerable children to return to school. You will visit rural and urban projects in both Sierra Leone, and see how the money you have raised makes a difference for children, families and communities there.
Get off the Beaten Track!
A totally immersive ride along sun-baked African roads, through tropical jungle to one of the world's most stunning beaches.
Our ultimate cycling challenge will take place in November 2019. We will take you from bustling Bo through lush green landscapes and welcoming local communities, to one of Sierra Leone's most beautiful beaches. You'll get off the beaten track, visit Street Child's projects and cycle all the way to a tropical palm-fringed beach in the West where you can sit back, relax and enjoy a beer or two - you’ve earnt it!
Day 1 - Transfer to Bo and acclimatisation
After your flight arrives in Freetown, Sierra Leone you will be greeted by Street Child staff and travel to Bo. Once in Bo, you'll meet the local Street Child team. We'll allocate you a bike and our amazing mechanic Karim will set it up for you. Enjoy an induction and safety briefing from the Street Child team before your first visit to one of our projects in Bo.
Day 2 - Bo to Yele - Distance: 80km
On your first day of cycling you will head out from Bo towards Yele and will include a project visit en route. Cycle on hard-packed mud roads. On arrival in Yele, you'll be greeted by the village chief and the local community. Stay in basic accommodation.
Day 3 - Yele to Makeni - Distance: 72km
Head out from Yele to Makeni, enjoy really quiet, lightly undulating rural roads. That night you'll stay with the local community and guesthouses.
Day 4 - Makeni to Kamakwie - Distance: 92km
You’ll start day 4 with a project visit in Makeni before cranking it up a gear, cycling on hilly and challenging terrain with views of Makeni’s beautiful mountain range. Stay in basic accommodation.
Day 5 - Kamakwie to Kambia - Distance: 108km
The longest day in the saddle but definitely the most magical. Starting at the crack of dawn, you’ll ride through the northernmost chiefdoms until you cross the finish line in Kambia.
DAY 6 - Bureh Beach Stay
Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful sands of Bureh beach. You can also choose to extend your trip further and stay at the stunning coastal retreat of Bureh beach on a bed and breakfast basis.
What You Need To Know.
Ability and Fitness:
This challenge doesn't require high levels of fitness!
Participants should be experienced cyclists and be comfortable cycling full days (approx. 60 miles) for four days in a row.
Sierra Leone is hot! We will be cycling at a relaxed pace so we can enjoy the stunning jungle scenery and stopping to hydrate regularly.
You will be able to cycle at your own speed.
Terrain and Bikes:
The ride travels across Sierra Leone along stunning, very orange, mud-packed roads. There will be lumps, bumps and large puddles - and terrain will vary throughout the trip; we call the route ‘undulating’.
We work in partnership with a local cycling shop to source the bikes in Bo, Sierra Leone at the beginning of the trip. They’ll likely be hybrid mountain bikes and we’ll sort a bike fitting on day one.
We’d definitely encourage bringing a gel saddle in your luggage but stay away from padded shorts, trust us on this one - the sweat is unreal.
This is a fully supported ride which means you will have medical and mechanical support on hand.
Our local mechanic, Karim has excellent flat tyre changing skills and will carry spare parts.
We will also have two support cars on hand in case you need a rest. They will also be carrying all your kit on cycling days.
We will be travelling with expedition medics who are on hand throughout the ride.
Ride Sierra Leone costs £650 per person. This includes all transport, food, accommodation. This entrance fee covers event costs - your fundraising is what supports Street Child’s projects.
All accommodation for the duration of the challenge.
All transport and transfers to and from the airport
All food and drink (inc. clean drinking water throughout)
Bespoke Ride Sierra Leone jersey
Support vehicles and mechanic
A locally-sourced hybrid or road bike
Ride Sierra Leone is organised by the charity Street Child. We think it’s really important to be transparent so we separate participant costs and fundraising; that way you and your sponsors know that all the money you raise will support Street Child and our work.
We ask that every participant fundraises a minimum of £1,500 - 100% of which goes to support our work giving vulnerable children the chance to go to school.
As part of Ride Sierra Leone you’ll have unparalleled insight in to the work of Street Child as you visit our projects along the route!
You can choose to extend your trip and stay at the stunning coastal retreat of Bureh beach for £60 a night. Accommodation here is on a bed and breakfast basis.
Visit the Tacaguma Chimpanzee sanctuary - we can organise a trip to the sanctuary for anyone who wants to learn more about Sierra Leone’s primate population and the nation’s conservation organisation.
When Street Child's European manager and bicycle fanatic spent time in Sierra Leone as a volunteer, he could not resist the beautiful landscape, so he bought a second-hand bike and left for adventure. Crossing through the orange-coloured sand paths, he cycled 300 km over the lush green terrains of Sierra Leone, spending the nights in local villages.
Flo's adventure through West Africa inspired us for our most recent sporting event - Ride Sierra Leone. Follow in the footsteps of our own explorer and discover one of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas of Sierra Leone, visiting Street Child's projects and staying in the local communities.
Tempted by the adventure?
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