What You Need To Know.
The West Africa Challenge costs £650 per person. Each rider’s fee covers their costs.
All food and drink
Clean drinking water throughout
Bespoke WACC cycling jersey
Support vehicles and mechanic
All transport and transfers
A locally-sourced hybrid or road bike
It does not include flights, insurance, visas or vaccinations. More information about this can be found below.
The West Africa Cycle Challenge is organised by charity Street Child. We think it’s really important to be transparent so we separate participant costs and fundraising; that way you and your sponsors know that all the money you raise will support Street Child and our work.
We ask that every participants fundraises a minimum of £1,500 - 100% of which goes to support our work giving vulnerable children the chance to go to school. During the trip, you will have a chance to visit some of Street Child's projects and see the impact of your fundraising first-hand.
This is a fully supported ride which means you will have medical and mechanical support on hand. Our local mechanic Karim has excellent flat tyre changing skills and will carry spare parts. We will also have two support cars on hand in case you need a rest. They will also be carrying all your kit on cycling days.
We will be travelling with expedition medics who are on hand throughout the ride.
Ability & Fitness.
This challenge doesn't require high levels of fitness. Participants should be experienced cyclists and be comfortable cycling full days (approx. 60 miles) for four days in a row. We will be cycling in West Africa (it's hot!) so this is not a race. You will be able to cycle at your own speed. This is a supported ride with two medics and support cars in case the group splits. If you have any concerns, just get in touch!
Terrain & Bikes.
The ride travels across Sierra Leone and Liberia and so terrain will vary throughout the trip. Road surfaces are a mixture of hard, mud-packed roads and tarmac. In Liberia you can expect very flat roads and light undulation. In Sierra Leone, you will cycle on undulating hard mud packed roads. We work in partnership with a local cycling shop to source the bikes in Bo, Sierra Leone at the beginning of the trip. The bikes will be hybrid mountain bikes.
Visas For UK Citizens.
Unless you are from West Africa, you will need a visa for Sierra Leone and Liberia. Street Child can help to organise your visa. A single entry for Sierra Leone visa costs £109. A single entry visa for Liberia costs £80.
If you are travelling with us from outside of the UK please get in touch and we will be able to answer any questions.
All cyclists will need to ensure they have the correct vaccinations ahead of the trip. Both the Yellow Fever Vaccine and Malaria tablets are compulsory to travel to Sierra Leone and Liberia
Yellow Fever Vaccine. The yellow fever vaccine is not usually available free on the NHS. It will cost around £60-80. You can also go to a private travel clinic who will be able to adminster the vaccines.
Malaria Tablets. You will need to take malaria tablets throughout your stay in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Your GP will be able to advise you on the best ones to take.
Your flights are not included in the travel package. Return flights cost on average £500. You will fly into Freetown, Sierra Leone. You will fly from Monrovia (Roberts International Airport), Liberia.
There are currently four companies providing these return flights: Royal Air Maroc (via Casablanca), Brussels Airlines (via Brussels), Air France (via Paris), and KLM (via Amsterdam). If you are travelling with your own bike, we recommend you travel with Air Brussels or Air France.
Please do talk to us before booking your flights! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Apply.
To begin the booking process you must fill out the online sign up form here. Please do not book your flights before signing up and talking to the team.
Once you have done this, you will receive a confirmation message with a link to pay the non-refundable registration fee of £100. As soon as it is paid, your place on the trip is secure.