Our roots are in cycing with Paul Sherwen having been an 8 time Tour de France rider and for the last 30 plus years the Tour de France broadcaster in the English speaking world along with Phiil Liggett until he passed in December of 2018. This coupled with Paul and I having created Bicycles for Humanity and delivering over 190,000 bicycles to Africa to empower the local people, it is only natural, that we make cycling one of our keys and the development of cycling as a revenue and job generator a priority for Karamoja.org in the region.
In 2017, we launched the Tour of Karamoja with 23 people participating. This past October 6th to 9th weekend, we recently completed our second annual Tour of Karamoja Cycling event with over 55 people coming from all over the world to participate. This years event took place on the grounds of the Tepeth people south of Moroto, with a camp set up to accommodate 100 people in bush luxury.
With Paul's death, we have put the Tour of Karamoja. on hold for 2019, with a plan of having it return in 2020.
This year we have expanded the program and with now over 100 kilometres of single track mountain bike trails and a 3 day event, you will be blown away by the beauty and the incredible riding in the region. The incredible success of this program got us thinking and Ride Karamoja was born, which will become a series of world class cycling adventures for people of all ages and skill sets. Best of all, the trails were built by the local
Tepeth maintained by them and they will charge a fee for access to the trails, creating an entirely new level of opportunity and Capacity Building for the region.
We encourage you to think about joining us for the Third annual Tour of Karamoja in memory of one of our founders Paul Sherwen who passed last year.
Our goal is to build a world class mountain biking facility on the shoulders of Mt Moroto, made up of hundreds of miles of flowing single track and enough black and double black riding to challenge the most expert riders. Imagine, a world class safari, interacting with an incredible people and riding world class terrain , with levels from beginner to expert, all in the same week. For the cyclist who wants the best and an incredible experience, than, we invite you to come, ride, explore and safari with us in the land of the Nomad Warriors.
As we build out Karamoja Mountain Biking, from the very start, it will be a sustainable program that empowers the local people. Riding fee's go to paying the local Tepeth people to continually build and expand the trail network, creating greater pleasure for you and a new model of sustainable income that is environmentally friendly for them.
I encourage you to visit www.tourofkaramoja.com and contact us if you are interested in joining us in 2020.