Rwanda’s third annual wooden bike classic will take place tomorrow, November 25, at the Amahoro Stadium over a distance of 40km. Participants compete on the ingenious wooden bicycles, that reportedly come from Musanze province but are widespread throughout East Africa; from Goma in the DRC to Uganda and they even appear in the National Museum in Dar es Alaam in Tanzania.
The Wooden Bike Classic is held every year in Rwanda to increase awareness of the country’s tourism and cycling features as a destination for tourists. Three events take place throughout the day including the mountain bike race, single speed race, and Corporate Cup. link
I hope to get along to the race, but I’m wondering… who really did invent the wooden bicycle? Or was it just a bit of a cross-border collective conciousness thing going on? The Democratic Republic of Congo claims it as her own – see the video below – but I’m guessing the citizens of Musanze would take issue with that. And maybe Brazil would too. Or how about the Philippines? Or Leonardo de Vinci come to that?
Photo borrowed from Project Rwanda