Sierra Leone Bike Ride
Sierra Leone Bike Ride
A human adventure, a sporting challenge with impact
Where love for sports unites people and makes a difference.
RuntheWorld and Street Child present the cycling challenge of 300km by Street Child in West Africa, in Sierra Leone. For the first time this year, an unforgettable experience awaits you.
As well as experiencing countries and cultures different from your own, you will discover a parallel reality full of surprises and emotions.
In tropical surroundings, you will discover the projects of one of the more active NGO in the area, you will meet a new group of friends united by the same cause - that is one experience that no cyclist would want to miss.
It is not about the destination, it is about the journey. Street Child’s Ride in Sierra Leone is for experienced cyclists, given that they will cycle around 80km a day. Come alone, with your partner or your colleagues. At whatever scale you want, transform it into a collective or even a corporate challenge. We offer you a complete package which covers the greatest costs of your stay. What will make a real difference is the fundraising campaign that you will do around your experience.
Your goal: raise 1500€ of donations in support of your trip. Street Child will help you advertise this fantastic event and you will see the positive impact in person.
The route crosses through Sierra Leone, so the ground varies throughout the trip. The road surfaces are a mixture of hard paths, made of mud and tarmac. In a part of the challenge, you can expect very flat roads with slight ups and downs. You will travel through difficult terrain, on roads made of clay. Street Child works in association with a local cycling shop to get the bikes in Bo, at the start of the trip; The bikes will be hybrid mountain bikes. It's also important for you to know you will be fully supported throughout your ride by our excellent local mechanic and an experienced medic.
Participants of the challenge will work together with Street Child to fundraise and support the children before (80%), during the trip (20%). The goal is to secure €1500 per participant and above all, raise awareness of the work that Street Child does. When you are there, you will have the opportunity to see the beauty of Africa and to get to know and help the local community. And they can help you too. You will visit tropical virgin beaches, green landscapes with an incredible diversity of flora and fauna and you will get to know a new culture and new friends. In summary, a lot of laughter!
Pack 1: Authentic Traveller - 740€
Our basic offer for an authentic adventure
Your package includes accommodation, three days of food and clean water, all the transfers, a dedicated team for local support, and for the UK, your bike, and a cycling t-shirt.
You can choose to extend your trip and stay at the stunning coastal retreat of Bureh beach for 80€ a night. Accommodation here is on a bed and breakfast basis.
- 7 nights in different accommodation
- All food and water
- Renting of equipment (bike, helmet etc.)
- All organized activities
- Local transport in Sierra Leone
- Cycling shirt
- Accompanying 4×4 support vehicle
- Staff from England, local support and medical team
What's not included
- Flights (about 650€)
- Travel insurance
- Visa (for Sierra Leone, about 100€ )
- Vaccinations (yellow fever..)
- Drinks (except water, tea…)
Day 1: The arrival
After landing in Freetown, Sierra Leone, you will be welcomed by the Street Child staff and will travel to Bo. Today is the day to choose your bike and visit the project. Your first morning in Sierra Leone will consist of getting to know the local Street Child team. We will assign you a bicycle and our incredible local mechanic, Karim, will prepare everything for you to start the craziest bike ride of your life. You will take part in an informative initiation and security session by the Street Child team before your first visit to one of the projects in Bo.
Day 2: From 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. You will sleep in basic accommodation, sufficient for regaining energy to continue the adventure.
Day 3: From 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 hosted in the home of one of the locals.
Day 4: From Makeni to Kamakwie | Distancia: 92km
You’ll start day 4 with a project visit in Makeni before cranking it up a gear to cycle on hilly and challenging terrain with views of Makeni’s beautiful mountain range. You will be staying in basic accommodation.
Day 5: From Kamakwie to Kambia | Distance: 108km
The longest day on the bike but definitely the most magical. Starting at the crack of dawn, you’ll ride through the northernmost chiefdoms towards the finish line in Kambia.
Day 6: Relaxation at the beach
You have now completed the challenge. Today you can relax on the beach. Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful sands of BUREH BEACH. You deserve it! You can also choose to extend your trip further and stay at the stunning coastal retreat of Tokeh beach on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 7: The big departure
Now it’s time to say goodbye. Today you will prepare to fly home from Lungi airport and reflect on this unique life adventure.