Karamoja is an incredible beautiful place and the beauty is in the people. We brought 4500 mountain bikes here 7 years ago to kickstart the economy. Tourism is the future for the people of this region and we started a safari lodge and then the Tour of Karamoja to empower the people and bring tourists to this incredible place. The region has incredible terrain for mountain biking and we started building trails, mountain biking will create an economy. It is our goal to work with all adventure and cycling tour operators to be the best possible at ensuring that their clients have incredible adventures. Our Warrior Trailbuilding Program is aimed at mountain bikers and trail builders with a sense of adventure who want to come and stay with us, ride the region, define their own signature trails and then build, map and tell the world about this incredible mountain biking region. We think that being a part of creating a very special indigenous area, is a great way to give back, make a difference, and in doing so, be the first to ride many incredible places.
Ride Karamoja is about continuing the work Paul loved in the area he loves most. This video captures a bit of the beauty of Paul's Karamoja and the cycling and scenery for this years event, from Mt Elgon to Kidepo Valley Park. We invite you on this incredible journey of change and empowerment.
For those of you from the mountain biking world, Paul was a professional road rider and the voice of the Tour de France with Phil Liggett the last 33 years, he passed in December of 2018. Paul Sherwen loved Karamoja, it's beauty and it's people. The Tour of Karamoja was Paul's Tour de France. Paul is no longer with us, but his memory will live on forever in Karamoja, and the entire cycling world. RideKaramoja.com and Karamoja.org is how we will honor Paul, by continuing what be loved, helping Karamoja, riding there and bringing the world to this incredible and beautiful part of Africa to hike, ride and enjoy the beauty of the people and the wildlife.
Paul was about teaching and when we built the initial mountain bike trails, it was incredible rewarding and we thought we would also share this adventure with you, through our Warrior Trailbuilding Program.
Karamoja was that place no one had every gone to, yet the place Paul Sherwen called home and where he loved to mountain bike. It is our goal to ensure that every cyclist gets a chance to ride and visit this incredible region. It is truly world class terrain.
Off the grid, no real economy, roads or electricity, the perfect place for Paul Sherwen to start a world class mountain bike cycling event and facility , to bring the cycling world to the place Paul loved. Join us on an adventure, to help trailbuld or ride this incredible region.
An incredible culture, breathtaking beauty and the challenge of helping the people retain their culture and lifestyle as the world comes to Karamoja. Paul Sherwen grew up here and wanted mountain and gravel biking to come and empower all in the region, with opportunity, hope and a better life.
Hi, my name is Pat Montani, I'm the founder of the global Bicycles for Humanity movement , Paul Sherwen joined me on this journey 15 years ago and together with our volunteer base we delivered over 160,000 bicycles to help empower the people of Africa with the gift of mobility. 8 years ago as war was ending in Karamoja, Uganda, Paul told me that this was the most important place on earth to bring bikes. We brought 4500 bikes, that kickstarted the economy of the entire region. Paul is no longer with us, he passed in December of 2018, but we invite everyone to come ride the Tour of Karamoja, and help us build tourism and cycling in Karamoja. Pauls last days were spent in Karamoja, teaching all to be better. Please join us to learn more about the place Paul called home and the place he loved.
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