‘Land of a 1000 Hills’



Rwanda Landscape

That is what they call Rwanda. I reminded myself of this last week (eek) so with 10 days to go I’m focusing training on hills. A few days ago I road to Brighton with the Giant TCR fully loaded and it felt great (well balanced yet still light and nimble) even had personal record up Ditchling Beacon.


This is also the last call for haircuts from the cycling hairstylist so call me 07702135738.


Finally to all you generous people with your help I hope to raise £2000, which I really want to achieve. Every penny helps and I will really love it if you can help my mission.



Kit List



Giant TCR compact carbon fibre frame
Mavic ksyrium wheels (tough as old boots)
SRAM Rival compact group set, 20 gears.
Continental 23mm tyres (it was a toss up with gator skin can be tricky to take off and chose 23mm as 25mm can be tricky getting through brake pads)
SPD pedals
Specialized ladies touring saddle (bit ugly yet comfortable)

Clothes and Shoes

Flip Flops
Specialized SPD shoes
2 x Socks
2 x Pants
1 x Howies merino T-shirt
1 x Vulpine cotton waterproof shorts
1 x Bikini
1 x Sunglasses
1 x Specialized fingerless cycling gloves
1 x Rapha cycling shorts
1 x Rapha merino base layer
1 x Rwandan team cycling jersey
1 x Rwandan team cycling cap
1 x Bell Helmet
1 x Rapha merino zip up hoody

Books and Maps

Bradt for Rwanda
Road cycling map of Rwanda


1 x Small toothbrush
1 x Small toothpaste
1 x Small soap (no shampoo or brush as hair will be short. One soap for clothes and bathing)
1 x Deodorant
1 x Mascara (luxury item)
1 x Razor
1 x Insect repellent
1 x Suntan lotion


Medical kit
Blister plasters
Malaria tablets

Food and Drink

4 x emergency energy bars (but there’s always plenty of road food)
2 x drink bottles (there’s bottled water to buy on road side so no purifier)

Spare and Tools

2 x spare inner tubes (on frame)
LBK puncture repair kit
1 x multi tool
Spare chain links
Spare nuts, bolts and screws
Chain lube (small bottle)
2 x Tyre lever
5 x Zip ties (can fix anything)
Lezyne pump (on frame)
2 x tyres
3 x tyre boot patch (home made from toothpaste tube)


Camping towel
Duck tape (wrapped around seat post)
Bungee cord
Bell (ding ding)
2 x Lezyne bike light (charges from USB)
Small cable lock (as a deterrent)
IPhone 4s and charger
IPhone cover charger
Haircutting scissor’s and comb


2 x Rapha fabric bag (plastic bags are banned in Rwanda)
Handlebar pannier by Ortlieb (max weight 3kg)
Seat post pannier by Bridge Street (max weight 5kg)