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FAQ

GENERAL FAQS
  • What is the Black Unity Bike Ride (BUBR)?
    The BUBR is a series of activations that encourages holistic wellness amongst the Black community. Our flagship activation is our annual 16-mile bike ride across London, and we also have smaller monthly activations.
  • Why does the BUBR exist?
    There is under-representation of Black cyclists at all levels of the sport from elite level to grassroots. The BUBR symbolises Black Unity, Black Empowerment and Black Love.
  • How do I volunteer at the BUBR?The initiative is powered by a majority team of passionate volunteers. We are always on the hunt for new volunteers that conduct themselves professionally, see our vision and buy into our values. Volunteer registration opens on the 17th April 2024. Come back to register soon.
  • How can I donate to BUBR?
    here – all donations go towards covering the cost of our events and activations.
  • How can I be kept up to date with all BUBR activations?
    You can sign up to our newsletter, follow us on Instagram or join our group on Facebook
  • What is the BUBR Alliance?
    BUBR is an entity owned by New Initiatives Youth & Community Association (Charity Number 1121523). The BUBR Alliance consists of 20+ black-led cycling collectives and utilises its collective power, network and influence to bring about positive change in the Black community.
    The BUBR Alliance is constantly growing and currently includes Beyond CC, Bike Life Kartel, Black Women on Bikes, Black Muslim Women Bike, Bros Bike Club, Chain Gang Cyclists, Cycle Together, Lymore Ladies, No Limit CC, NW Ryders, Ridefest, Ride 4 Unity, Ruff Rider Club Velo, Sikh Cycling Network, Soul Riders CC, Team Origin, Together We Ride, Women of Colour Cycling Collective
BUBR Africa - RWANDA 2024 FAQS

General

Is there an age limit for the tour?
The minimum age for the Tour is 18.

Do I need to be an experienced rider?
All cyclists on the Tour need to be able to ride at least 80 kilometres a day, for a consecutive five days. They also need to be able to ride at an average speed of 12mph (19kph) and climb elevations of up to 4,000ft

What is your cancellation policy?
Please view our T&C’s here

Do I need travel insurance?
Please note that it is advisable to arrange adequate travel insurance at the time of booking your holiday. We would recommend fully comprehensive travel insurance.

Payment

What happens after I pay the deposit?
Places are only reserved when we have received your booking form and deposit. Once your booking form and deposit have been received you will receive a confirmation e-mail. If you do not receive a confirmation email within two working days please contact us at booking@blackunitybikeride.com. Without a completed booking form and payment of your deposit your place cannot be confirmed.

What is the payment plan?
The total cost of the Tour is £1,000 and does not include the cost of flights, and in order to reserve your place you must pay a non-refundable 10% deposit of £100. The balance of £900 can either be paid in full asap or will be payable in two instalments of £450 each, due by 31st December 2023 and 31st March 2024.

What does the £1,000 cost include?
Bespoke tour kit and all meals, travel and accommodation. Additional tourist attractions incur additional fee

Can I pay early?
Yes

Accommodation

Can I choose who I share a room with?
We cannot guarantee your choice, but we will make the effort to do our best to do so.

There are 3 of us and we don’t want to be split up. Can the 3 of us share one room?
No we do not have an option of three to a room

I don’t have someone to share a room with, what happens with my room?
You will be matched with another rider of the same gender

When will I know who you have allocated as my roommate?
On arrival in Kigali

Which hotel will we be staying at?
The Hill Top Hotel, Kigali

Can I use alternative accommodation?
Not as part of the Tour.

What time is the airport transfer leaving the hotel for Kigali airport on 11th st May 2024?
TBC as it is unlikely that all riders will be on the same return flight

Bikes

How do I get my bike to Rwanda?
A bike box can be one of your large luggage pieces

Where will my bike be kept overnight in Rwanda?
All bikes will be kept within the hotel we stay in

What type  of bike do I need?
A road bike

What bike support services are available during the tour?
We will have access to bike mechanics on the tour, however we strongly recommend you having your bike fully service before departing for Rwanda.

BUBR Tour

Is there any medical support available?
The Tour will be accompanied by an ambulance that will provide first aid support

What will the weather be like?
The month of May is at the end of the wet season in Rwanda. The highest average maximum temperature in May is 26 degrees

Charities

Which charities is the Tour supporting?
Twin Lakes Cycling Academy
is an NGO that was set up by Florent Nsengumuremyi in 2019 with the aim of providing former street children in Rwanda with access to education, hope and a better future through cycling.

How can I donate to the charities?
You can visit our GoFundMe page where you can donate and share amongst your network, each rider will be expected to fundraise at least £250 towards the campaign

How much kit should I bring?
We recommend bringing kit for each riding day. This price also includes a special bespoke BUBR Africa Tour kit made by Le Col. If you do not already own the BUBR flagship cycling kit, we highly recommend you order it for the Tour at https://blackunitybikeride.com/shop/

MAIN EVENT FAQS
  • When is your next annual BUBR?
    Saturday 3rd August 2024.
  • Where do I buy a ticket for Black Unity Bike Ride?
    You can secure your ticket via our booking page.
  • Where does the Black Unity Bike Ride start from?
    The event sets off from Leyton Sports Ground, 485 High Road London, E10 6PY and concludes in Dulwich Park via central London.
  • What time does the Black Unity Bike Ride start and finish?
    Participants can check-in from 9am at the start location (Leyton Sports Ground) and the ride expects to set off at 10am – the ride concludes at BUBRFest.
  • What is BUBRFest?
    BUBR have collaborated with BlackEatsLDN to create BUBRFest – a fitting finale to our annual bike ride. Saturday 3th August will be Black Pound Day and all participants will be able to purchase food and other cool bits from 20 Black owned businesses. As well as catch a vibe from the live DJ set.
  • How much does it cost to take part in this year Black Unity Bike Ride event?
    Just like last year, we are committed to ensuring that everyone can be a part of this experience. That is why we are sticking to our “pay what you want” model for attendance. This means that to register to participate, you can donate a minimum of £1, but to join us, registration is required.
  • If I don’t purchase a ticket for the BUBR, can I still take part in the event?
    No, only participants that have registered, signed our terms & conditions and made a donation can partake. You can do this in advance of the event via our booking page or alternatively on the day, with that said we actively encourage pre-booking to avoid disappointment.
  • Why do I need to purchase a ticket for BUBR?
    Firstly to make the event as safe as we can for all riders, we need to have a record of everyone that is partaking. Secondly knowing who partakes enables us to understand who we are benefitting. Thirdly BUBR is a charity project, and all donations go towards covering the cost of this event.
  • How do I get to the start and how do I get home at the end of BUBR?
    Leyton Midland Road (London Overground) is the closest station. Leyton and Leytonstone stations are both on the Central Line and they are both about a 10-minute bike ride from Leyton Sports Ground. Getting home, the closet train stations are West Dulwich, North Dulwich & Forest Hill.
  • What is the route for the BUBR?
    The expected route is to be Leyton E10 to Dulwich Park SE21 via central London. The final confirmed route will be released in July a few weeks before the event.
  • What types of bikes can be used at the BUBR?
    We welcome all types of pedal bikes, as well as e-bikes.
  • Who can attend the BUBR?
    The BUBR is a community event, open for all. BUBR proactively targets members of the African and African-Caribbean communities. However, also welcomes participants of all ethnicities.
  • I don’t own a bike, can I still attend BUBR?
    Yes, of course you can attend. Whilst we would obviously recommend you purchase a bike; we also understand this isn’t always possible for various reasons. You can find a list of bike rental options here.Please note: We won’t be arranging rental services. Therefore, riders will need to arrange their own rental.
    If you don’t own a bike and fancy volunteering with us on the day then you can just fill in the form here.
  • Can children attend BUBR?
    If a participant is younger than 16-years-old they will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the entire event.
  • Is the BUBR a race?
    The event is a community ride that proceeds at a leisurely pace for the entire 16-mile route.
  • Is the event a straight 16 miles ride or do you stop at all?
    BUBR has two pitstops along the route, there is approximately five miles between each pitstop.
  • Where can I leave my bike at the end of the ride/BUBRFest?
    We will be supplying access to bike racks at the end of the ride that won’t be supervised. We strongly encourage all riders to bring a lock to secure their bike. BUBR takes no responsible for any loss or damages of any bikes.
  • I ordered BUBR merchandise with my ticket, where do I collect them?
    All merch orders can be collected on site, at Leyton Sports ground from 9am, or Dulwich Park from 1.00pm on Saturday 3rd of August.
  • If I cannot make the start of the BUBR, how can I join on route?
    To soak up all the vibes of the event we recommend starting the ride at the beginning, however if that is not possible then you can either join the ride at one of our two pitstops and also use a link for the live tracking app which will show you exactly where we are in real time along the route. The link will be shared soon and will be live from 9am on 3th August 2024.
MONTHLY ACTIVATIONS FAQS
  • What are your monthly activations?
    Please see below an overview of activations every month:

    • Come Ride with Us (VeloPark, Lee Valley)
    • Come Ride with Us Indoor Special (VeloPark, Lee Valley)
  •  How do I join your monthly activations?
    You’ll need to book the ride sessions via our booking page.
MERCHANDISE FAQS
  • How can I purchase BUBR merchandise?
    You can do so right here. All proceeds from purchases go towards covering the direct costs of the BUBR.
  • When will my order arrive?
    We ask that you allow 10 working days from your order date for your item(s) to arrive.
  • After 10 working days my item(s) haven’t arrived, who do I contact?
    Please email shop@blackunitybikeride.com with your order number, full name and address. Please avoid direct messaging us on social media regarding this matter.
  • How do I order the BUBR kit?
    Our custom-made BUBR/LeCol kit is only available to pre-order here. Please note: our next order will be processed June 12th and expected delivery mid-end of July in time for BUBR (tbc).
    Please check size chart before placing order as these are custom made items and refunds/replacements will not be possible once order has been placed.
  • When will be BUBR kit arrive?
    We have processed our latest order of BUBR/LeCol custom kit. Once LeCol has delivered kit, we will despatch immediately to you.
  • I ordered the BUBR kit, and I want to exchange an item… can I do this?
    Unfortunately, this isn’t possible as all orders are custom made to order and this was made explicitly clear at the time that you ordered.