The team of Great Africa Cycling Safari (GACS) was on Monday flagged off from Uganda on their journey back to Kenya for the final leg.
They were flagged off from Church house in Kampala by the Equity Bank Uganda Executive Director of Public Sector and Social Investments Elizabeth Mwerinde to Kololo.
At Kololo, they were received by First Deputy Prime Minister Rebecca Kadaga.
Equity Bank is a proud sponsor of this year’s Great Africa Cycling Safari (GACS).
Its is an annual bicycle tour to showcase the East African Community in all its beauty, multiplicity and reflecting the cultural diversity of the people living in the region.
This year’s safari started on August 1st, 2022, in Mombasa, Kenya, reaching Arusha in Northern Tanzania within just one week.
The 35 cyclists rode through Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and enter Uganda today, September 7th, 2022 via Gatuna border.
During the tour, the cyclists camp in villages in the evenings, eating meals together with the local communities, bringing the benefits of regional integration closer to the people and sharing the EAC experience and its opportunities with the citizens.
The tour of 2022 has three key aims: promoting the goals of the EAC, promoting inter-country trade.
The tour also brings awareness to Equity’s regional footprints with a focus on inter-country trade, trade financing, and digital banking.
It’s strong to note that the tour is not a race but a celebration of the East African Community and the various cultures.
“It has been an amazing and tough trip; Shamal Nakabuye, the captain team Uganda said in an interview at Kololo.
Nakabuye, 25, is a also a Councillor for young people living with HIV, Peer Educator, Junior Sign Language interpretor and also studied Hotel Management.
“Burundi and Rwanda were the most difficult of all. There was too much climbing. Bugarama in Burundi, that’s over 35 km of climbing none stop.”
“Bwindi was very cold, it rained in Ruhiza from evening till the next day and it was a real challenge. Freezing, the steep slopes, it was so crazy.”
She advised those individuals who want to do endurance Sports to challenge themselves, focus and go for what they want.
Uganda is remaining with three participants from six that started, with the rest having dropped out due to a couple of reasons.
The team is now heading to Kenya through Busia border.