FAQ

General

What is Bike for Kivu?

Bike for Kivu is a solidarity bike race organised by Comequi, En Avant les Enfant, Kivu Kick Starter, Fonds Ngangi and AgriEst — 5 belgo-congolese non-profits working for the sustainable developpement of the Kivu region.

It will take place on the 5 September 2021 at the Cercle du Lac, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Each participant commits himself to create and join a team, and to raise a minimum of €200 per participant to finance sustainable development projects in Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Registration

How to participate?

Do you know how to ride a bike? Do you want to help our associations? Here is the registration procedure :

  1. Click on the I register button
  2. Make your choice between creating a team by clicking on the big button, joining an existing team by visiting that team's page or creating a company team by contacting us directly.
  3. Choose a name for your team, an image that suits it well and write a few unifying words that sum up its motivation. Save and go to the next step.
  4. Now you register.
  5. You leave us the necessary informations (first name, last name, email address),
  6. you choose the course you think you will do and the size of your T-shirt (you can change this very often before the D-day),
  7. give your page a name, you add your best portrait,
  8. choose a password to reconnect if necessary,
  9. save the whole thing.
  10. If you are responsible for registering other people, you start again.
  11. When you have finished, you pay the registration fee and that's it. You will immediately receive an email confirming your registration.

You can now send the link of your team to the contacts you want to invite to participate with you.

Is registration for the race free?

No, registration costs 15 €.

Here is what you get for this fee :

  • A race number,
  • The official t-shirt,
  • A bag full of goodies.

Above all, registering for Bike for Kivu will make you take part in an unforgettable party!

How can I participate with my company?

If your company wishes to support your team by financing the registration fees or by participating in the fundraising efforts of its members, contact us at info@eale.be and we will be happy to create your team page.

We will then provide you with a secret registration link to be shared only within the company. This will allow each new member to benefit from the terms and conditions agreed with your company.

Can minors register?

Yes minors can register, but must have a parental authorisation form filled in by a parent to bring on the day of the event when picking up the jersey. Children under the age of 12 must remain under adult supervision during the race.

When is my registration final?

Your registration is definitive once the 200 € has been collected. Only then will you validate your right to take part in the race. We will send you short reminders until you have reached your goal and an email confirming your registration when you have reached the amount to be collected.

What happens when I have collected €200?

Congratulations! You will receive an email a few days before D-Day announcing the finality of your registration.

What is the deadline for collecting €200?

For better organisation, all registrations must be final by midnight on the 4th of September.

If you have not collected 200 €, but you manage to find last-minute donors before the start of the race, we invite you to present proof of your additional donations at the race number collection stand (e.g. by showing your page on your smartphone screen or your registration confirmation email).

Please note that even after the race, your entourage can continue to support you, as you will retain access to your collection page until 30 October 2021.

What happens if I don't manage to raise the €200?

If you do not manage to reach the minimum individual collection target, you will not be able to participate in the race. This is a difficult reality but we cannot make an exception without losing the character of our solidarity race.

100% of the donations collected will be used to finance the projects of our 5 associations. So if you don't reach the objective, the amount collected will still be added to the total amount collected for the event.

But...

  • In the village will stand a "regularisation" desk where you can bring the missing euros to participate anyway.
  • If your team has managed to raise enough above the minimum, you will still be able to participate (eg: John raised only €150? But Alice raised €250! Ok, the whole team is welcome on the starting line).

Can I cancel my registration and get a refund?

We will not refund the registration fee.

It is also not possible to transfer your registration to a third party.

Do I need a medical certificate to participate?

No, you do not need a medical certificate. We leave you to assess your health on your own and assume that if you register

The Bike for Kivu event

Is the race timed?

The whole course is not timed. But for the more sporty ones, the course will not be just a cool ride. Both on for road and on mountain bikes, the Sport and Endurance tracks go through some of the challenges that have crafted the legend of Brabant cycling. On these segments, the performances are timed. At the end of the day, everyone gets one's time and the best climbers of the day will have the honour of wearing the Bike 4 Kivu polka dot jersey.

Can I be a volunteer?

Of course, the organisation is looking for many volunteers to become race marshals. The mission is simple: to be stationed on the road and to ensure traffic flow at certain crossroads. A good way to experience the cycling event from the inside while enjoying the sunshine!

How can I become a partner/sponsor of Bike for Kivu?

Nothing could be simpler: contact our sponsorship managers directly.

Thierry Beauvois
thierry.beauvois@gmail.com
+32 475 78 45 00

Alain Englebert
alain@eale.be
+32 475 24 70 76

What should I bring?

You must bring the following documents when checking in:

  • Your bike
  • Your helmet if you have one
  • Your confirmation email

Once this step has been completed, you will receive your bib and t-shirt.

Is there a deposit for sports bags?

Yes, there is a deposit for your belongings. And good news, you can even leave your bike there at the end of the race to enjoy the village!

Can I change my mind before D-Day and switch for another track?

Yes, you can! Depending on your shape and your legs, you can even choose another distance during the course. Indeed, the three distances overlap and the intersections will be indicated by Bike 4 Kivu signs.

The interface of your account on the site gives you access to the course and jersey size preferences as soon as you register. So you can change this as long as you like.

Can I come with my pet?

Yes, if you don't ride a bike and only come to support the riders!

Will there be podiums?

After the arrival of the participants, a prize-giving ceremony will be organised to award the best climbers of the day and the participants who have raised the biggest amount of money!

In total, there will be 8 polka dot jerseys to be won for the four categories of road and mountain bike/gravel riders :

  • Men (< 45 years old)
  • Women (< 45 years old)
  • Men's legends (45+)
  • Women's legends (45+)

Will I be filmed or photographed?

On the track, there will be several cameras posted to take the best pictures of your effort. You will be able to download these photos via your bib number after the event.