The Ride – February 7th-14th, 2016
Join us for the our 3rd fundraising bike ride through Nicaragua on less traveled back roads and trails! You will have the opportunity to see parts of this amazing country that most tourists never get to see while guided by locals excited to share their beautiful country, while earning funds for their community to have a better education. The ride was founded by Empowerment International (EI), a non-profit organization devoted to the education of impoverished children in Nicaragua.
This is the only Off Road bike tour in Nicaragua led by Nicaraguans, for Nicaraguans!
Your trip will be fully supported by the EI team and led by the EI Bike club.
The Ride: Each rider will take a tour of the two communities EI serves and will meet the program participants before being led by the EI Bike Club out of Granada, Nicaragua, the oldest colonial city in the America’s (1524) on dirt roads, paths and fields.
A few of the attractions and features that will be visited:
- the isletas of lake Nicaragua (the 10th largest lake in the western hemisphere)
- skirting around the omnipresent Volcan Mombacho
- Riding to the top of the active Volcan Masaya via roads less traveled
- visiting various swimming holes known only by the locals
- riding around the amazing and magical volcanic lake Laguna de Apoyo
- stunning waterfalls such as La Maquina
- A day of riding around beaches of all sorts including San Juan del Sur (where Survivor was filmed).
Riders: Our crew will do their best to care for you, but every rider will be required to come not only fit but also self-sufficient in terms of ability to carry food, water, basic tools for a day. The ride is currently capped at 20 riders. We’ll be averaging about 50km a day. Although much of the ride will not be technical, there will be climbs, it is important to be able to do this much mileage on gravel roads and dirt paths for consecutive days. Note that 50 km (31 miles) on a mountain bike is about as difficult as 80 km (50 miles) on a road bike. We will have a mechanic but you should be able to fix a flat or a simple mechanical problems and be aware bike parts are very difficult to find in this country.
What we will provide: All breakfasts, lunches and 3 dinners, lodging (double occupancy), purified water, sag wagon wherever the terrain permits, airport transfers to and from Granada and purified water.
Cost: US$2000 Total: Riders can fundraise for a large portion of the ride and most will be tax-deductible. We highly encourage fundraising for the ride We have had riders in the past raise up to $5000 each.
Note: It is best to bring your own bike. Decent rentals in Nicaragua are available in limited numbers. Most other rentals are heavy and of poor quality and may not be very comfortable for the long rugged kilometers we will be putting in daily. In the past, many riders purchase a good, but used, bike and bring it one way, donating it after the ride for the bike club, so the club can continue to grow.
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