The first 2.1 edition of Africa’s biggest cycling race will start in Kigali and the winner will be decided on the ultimate stage with the infamous ‘Wall of Kigali’ which the peloton will climb four times before heading to the finish at Nyamirambo stadium.
The total race course is 959.1km with the race beginning on Sunday Februrary 24 and finishing Sunday February 3rd.
Stage 1 - Sunday February 24th 2019: Kigali > Rwamagana> Kigali - 112.5km
The 2019 Tour du Rwanda sets off in Kigali near Amahoro National Stadium and ends with a short lap in Kicukiro with a big loop through Rwamagana in the middle. Expect a sprinter to be the first man in yellow.
Stage 2 - Monday February 25th 2019: Kigali > Huye - 120.3km
Stage 2 is a regular stage with three major tests on the road from Kigali. to Huye via Muhanga.
Stage 3 – Tuesday February 26th 2019: Huye > Rubavu – 213.1km
Stage 3 is the longest stage ever in the history of Tour du Rwanda and the 213.1 kilometres that separate the start in HUye and the finish in Rubavu are anything but flat.
Stage 4 – Wednesday February 27th 2019: Rubavu > Karongi – 103km
Stage four promises to be a tough day out as the race makes its way to Karongi across Rutsiro District.The route is all but flat and they ride from one hill to the next before a long descent drops down to the shores of Lake Kivu while the while the run-in to the line is a short false flat.
Stage 5– Thursday February 28th 2019: Karongi > Musanze – 138.7km
Another climbing day.Tough climbs early in the stage could pose problems and split the race up early.
Stage 6– Friday February 1st 2019: Musanze > Nyamata – 120.5km
Long and testing route that passes through Kigali before heading to Nyamata.
Stage 7– Saturday February 2nd 2019: Nyamata > Kigali – 84.2km
Not for the faint-hearted.Starting in Nyamata,the penultimate stage includes a 60-km circuit around Kigali and shot but sharp climbs which will hurt tired legs of the riders in the last 40 kilometres.
Stage 8– Sunday February 3rd 2019: Kigali > Kigali – 66.8km
Last but defenetely not the least.For those that have made it,the last stage is another testing route with seven categorized climbs including cobbled Wall of Kigali witch will be scaled three times before a final run uphill to the line.