Who can participate ?
Everyone over 18 years old with a minimal physical preparation can participate in The Tour of Gambia, since the route is practically flat, due to Gambia is a country consisting of an immense plain, lacking practically of orography and mountainous terrain.
Non riders companions are able to take part in this adventure travelling along the whole route by means of the organization vehicles.
Which kind of bycicles can take part ?
The organization will provide to each participants a Mountain Bike (MTB) bicycle that at the end of the tour will be donate personally by the participants to the children of the local school of Brikama community.
MTB bicycles are highly recommended, because despite of the route will pass 90% by asphalt, there will be stretches along unpaved tracks and also keeping in mind that Gambia is a country with few road infrastructures and in some parts the road could be irregular.
Where will be the meeting point for the event starting?
Every single participant depending of the origin location, will be able to fly to Banjul ( Gambia ) from the airport he / she considers most appropriate. In all cases members of the event staff in collaboration with the Gambia Police Department, will be waiting all participants upon arrival at Banjul International Airport and transported to the Hotel.
Is Gambia a safe country ?
The gambian people welcome the visitor with exceptional kindness and that is why Gambia is known as the " smile of Africa", and as they themselves do not tire of repeating ....... Gambia, No problem !!
Gambia is a very safe country with low crime rate and where basically you have to be vigilant in the capital, to small thefts because of carelessness. In Gambia, there are no known terrorist activities or organized criminal groups of tourists robberies.
Also keep in mind that in all times during our route, we will have the company and escort of officers of the Gambia Police Force .......... No problem !!
It is a group or solo route ?
The Tour of Gambia is NOT a race, it is a route in which the peloton will stand relatively compact along the way, with one vehicle at the head and one at the rear, which will allow us to enjoy Africa in its deepest sense, interacting with its people passing through the villages and making makeshift stops to experience sensations that are difficult to describe.
In all times the route is easy due to the scarce infrastructures of the country and the distance from the capital, we will ride along the only road in the area, with almost non-existent traffic and accompanied and escorted at all times by the vehicles and team members of the organization including gambian Police Officers.
What happens if I have a bicycle breakdown?
MTB Bicycles given by the organization to each rider will be brand new. Anyway is recommended that everyone carry his / her own basic repair kit.
However, the organization will provide a mechanical repair service vehicle during the route working on the road, equipped with tools and various spare parts, so if any breakdown take place, the mechanic will carry out the repair as soon as possible and consequently the participant will be able to join the group shortly.
If the problem could not be repaired immediately, upon arrival at the end of the stage, the mechanic will try to solve the mechanical problem.
This service is free although each participant must pay the price of the pieces that are required for the repair of their breakdown.
Being completely new bicycles, it is very unlikely that you suffer a serious breakdown that can not be repaired.
Where will we sleep during the route?
The first and last day will overnight in the capital Banjul, where we will be hosted in hotels in the city. The rest of the route runs through places far from the capital and therefore the options of staying in places which services as a developed country are almost nil. However, the organization has agreed to spend two nights in bungalows of some camps.
Also two nights we will spend the night in two villages, where each one will have to install his tent and where we will have the opportunity to live an intense hours with the local population.
Anyway the participants will be provided in advance the detailed information on the exact location of the overnight places on each and every day of the event.
Where will we eat during the route?
The organization will have during the cycling route its own cooking staff that will be in charge of having breakfast, lunch and dinner ready for all the participants.
How much extra money should I bring on my own ?
Bearing in mind that accommodation and meals are included (except for lunch and dinner on days 10th and 11th because they are during the free time schedule) and due to Gambia is a very cheap country, and the route will pass through places where "there is no where to spend", from the organization is considered that although it is a personal decision, take a maximum of 200 euros, is more than enough to facing extra expenses.
What material should I contribute for the charity delivery?
In addition to the bicycles that we will use throughout the route, the organization will provide by itself with a significant amount of solidarity material that will be delivered during the route directly to the agreed locations (small villages, health centers, schools, etc.). Additionally, participants may contribute by themselves with solidarity material that they consider appropriate, subject to agreement with the organization according to the type of the material to be provided. In any case the transportation costs from origin to Gambia must be paid by the participant.
Telephone / Wifi coverage?
Gambia is a country with few infrastructures and although we will mostly have telephone coverage, it will be very difficult to find Wi-fi connection during the route and it will only be feasible in the hotels of the capital.