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.
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 local people of the community of Juffureh (hometown of Kunta Kinteh).
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?
The starting and meeting point of the event and therefore as a general rule, will be established from Barcelona. However if a participant/s, depending on the origin place (national or international) considers better and more convenient fly directly to Gambia from his/her location, for them the starting and meeting place could be the airport of Banjul (Gambia).
All participants leaving from Barcelona will be summoned by the organization at an exact point of the Prat Airport 4 hours before the departure of the flight to Banjul.
Those participants who fly from other points of origin, will be informed of the hotel in Banjul where all participants will meet upon arrival.
Anyway in all cases, members of the organization in collaboration with the Gambia Police, will be waiting for all participants upon arrival at the Banjul International Airport.
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 !!
Is it a group or in solitary 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 in addition with the given route book to each participant, getting lost is almost impossible !!
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.
What budget should I take?
Bearing in mind that accommodation and meals are included (except for lunch and dinner on days 6th and 7th 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?
Each participant will have the right to check in a suitcase up to 23 kg and an additional suitcase in the cabin up to 10 kg.
Consequently IS MANDATORY that every single participant reserve 15 kg in their luggage to carry charity materials and goods that will be delivered to the community of Jarra Sukuta.
The organization will agree with each participant the type of material to contribute according to the logistics and needs.
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.