A bicycle offers opportunities to escape the vicious circle of poverty. The Uganda Bikeathon, an annual mountain bike fundraiser challenge! An event to raise funds to support CooP-Uganda in equipping students, health workers and small entrepreneurs with bicycles.

We challenge participants physically and mentally to get the best out of themselves. It will be at times very challenging and exhausting, you may find you will push yourself to your limits, but moreover, it will be very special. We invite participants and team-sponsors to our projects to witness the power of a bicycle. By experiencing first hand what difference a bicycle makes in accessing education, health care and income every kilometre during the Uganda Bikeathon will give an extra special meaning.

The Uganda Bikeathon is an one-of-a-kind mountain bike adventure in the Pearl of Africa. A 300 km challenge from the Source of the Nile to Mount Kadam in Karamoja, Eastern Uganda. Beating the red dirt (only minimal kilometres on tarmac road) to raise money to give bicycles to students, health workers and small entrepreneurs.

The participants pay the participant’s fee (plus insurances, visa and transport to Jinja) and are asked to raise at least US$300 per person for CooP-Uganda.

General Information
– 7 days of cycling
– 300 km of unpaved tracks and roads
– Participants fee is US$695 for 9 days | 8 nights full board in tented camps.

– The participant’s fee excludes:
Flight and/or transport to Jinja (start)
Drinks (water is included)

Private expenditure and tips:
– At several overnight locations, an upgrade is possible from tents to dorms, room and/or (luxury) cabins
– Fundraising target for participants is US$300
– Extension of the programme (and/or side events) can be offered, safari to Kidepo NP, rafting the Nile, bungee jumping, etc.

To sign up / get more information email info@bikeventures.org

More information:


day 1: Mountain Bike Jinja: Jinja (average)

day 2: Sweet Sweat and Sugar: Jinja to Kaliro (approx 78km | average)

day 3: Many Rivers to Cross: Kaliro to Kerekerene (approx 85km | average)

day 4: Up to Mt Elgon: Kerekerene to Budadiri (approx 34km | difficult)

day 5: The Flanks of Mt Elgon: Budadiri to Sipi (approx 35km | difficult)

day 6: Into the Wild: Sipi to Pian Upe Game Reserve (approx 65km | average)

day 7: Game Cycling: Pian Upe (average)

day 8: Summit: Trekking to Mt Kadam

day 9: Going Home

What will a typical day be
Wake up at 6am
Buffet breakfast from 6.30am Warm up and be ready to leave at 8am
Stop every 10 – 15km for water / snacks and to re-group
Lunch break will be about 1 – 1 ½ hours
Arrive at overnight stop between 4pm and 5pm
Group dinner
Evening briefing for the next day’s cycling.
What will the roads be like?
The terrain will predominantly be minor dirt roads.
Where will I stay?
The accommodation will be in tented camps prepared by the support staff. Accommodation will be single sex – couples can request to share.
Will I have to carry my kit?
No – all luggage will be carried in support vehicles. However, you are advised to take a small bag for carrying certain small items with you, such as water, snacks, sun cream and a camera.
Can I rent a mountain bike?
Mountain bikes and cycling helmet can be rented for US$ 135.
What kind of support will there be on the ride?
There will be full medical and mechanical support and English-speaking guides. There will also be support vehicles for participants to ride in if for any reason you are unable to continue.
What is covered by the participants fee?
Upon registration you will receive fundraising advice and resources including sponsorship forms; and a number of other useful documents relating to your tour. You will also receive ongoing support and advice right up until the event. On the first day of the event you will received a welcome pack containing two Bikeathon Uganda T-shirts. Furthermore the participants fee covers for 8 nights tented camp accommodation (some overnight stops can offer upgrades) based on Full Board (soda and beers for sale), park fees and boat ride at the Source of the Nile.
Do I need insurance?
It is compulsory to have a travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems. You must provide evidence to Bikeventures that you have an insurance policy which adequately covers you for this event. It will be your responsibility to ensure that any insurance policy provides adequate cover, including cycling as part of a sponsored group, ambulances and repatriation in case of a medical emergency.
Do I require vaccinations or a medical certificate?
Please consult your doctor for advice on what vaccinations are required. Yellow fever (Certificate) is compulsory.
US$300 is a lot of sponsorship money – will I be able to raise that amount?
Your US$300 fundraising target is meant to be a challenge – but it is an achievable one. Our Fundraising Team will support and advice every step of the way. You will be surprised by how easy it can be to make progress and have a lot of fun doing it. By starting early, being creative and staying focused on the end goal, you can soar towards your target and even exceed it by some margin. The one raising most funds wins an amazing price!
What happens if I can’t raise the sponsorship money?
While the Bikeathon Uganda will be an incredible adventure for all participants, it is first and foremost a fundraising event for CooP-Uganda, so we are unable to waive the minimum sponsorship requirement for any participants.

Please ask us for more information if you have any questions or would like more details. Please contact us on: uganda@ bikeventures.org or call or Whatsapp us on +256(0)778.366.007.

All profits are donated to the bicycle projects of Cycling out of Poverty Foundation
to support students, health care volunteers, farmers and small entrepreneurs in Uganda