Stories of Love, Dating, and Bicycles in Upcountry Burundi

Today we take you to upcountry Burundi, which can only be reached by off-roading, 4-by-4ing, or, if you have the strength and stamina, cycling! And believe us, you want to stay tuned. You’ve seen how bicycles are imperative for basic needs like collecting water in rural areas. You’ve been amazed by how many Burundians traverse hilly terrains, carrying heavy loads …

Interview with Jane Hanson – The Team’s Most Experienced Rider!

If you know anything about BFI Executive Director Julie Marner, you know that she lives, breathes, eats, sleeps, and embodies everything Burundi. We have it on good authority that after her first trip to Burundi in December 2010, no one in the history of conversations with Julie has made it out without hearing something about BFI, Burundi, or both! Julie …

Riding in Rural Burundi

You’ve already been to Bujumbura City and back again on our RAGBRAI journey; where will the adventure take you next?! Today we travel to Gitega Province, to explore the importance of bicycles in more rural areas of Burundi. We asked our Burundian partners and friends to share their bicycles stories with us – Odette Habonimana, BFI’s National Women’s Empowerment Coordinator …

Hot Off the Press – Never Before Seen Interview with Doug Novak

On today’s exciting adventure on the Road to RAGBRAI, we bring you The Man, The Myth, The Legend: The Doug Novak. Doug is a proud BFI Board Member, the President & CEO of Cardiff by the Sea, CA-based Strategic Information Group, and winner of the almost 100% unanimous vote for which Cycling4Burundi teammate will be most prepared come RAGBRAI! (You …

Picture Yourself in Bujumbura City

Today we take you to Bujumbura City, to see what role bicycles play in daily life in Burundi’s capital. But first, we invite you to enter a world of imagination. Take a moment to picture in your mind the quintessential New York scene…Okay, fine. We’ll do it for you. Envision a busy professional hurrying through Times Square hailing a taxi. …

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…An Exciting Interview with Krista Freitag

If you’re anything like me (or the majority of sane humans), you spent last weekend inside, AC turned up, avoiding the summer sun. If you’re anything like today’s Cycling4Burundi superstar, Krista Freitag, you spent last Saturday proving nothing comes between you and hardcore RAGBRAI training! Undeterred by 104 degree temperatures (yes, you read that right), Krista fearlessly led Julie on …

Cycling in Burundi – Come Ride with Us

How did you start your day this morning? A shower? Brushing your teeth? Wishing everyone would just leave you alone until you made your coffee? What do all of these things have in common? Water! For many Burundian women, their day starts similar to ours. With water. But in some areas of the country, water is all but impossible to …

The Ultimate Interview with Fabrice Bizimana

Drumroll please! Today we caught up with The One, The Only, The Very Heartbeat of BFI itself, Mr. Fabrice Bizimana! You heard it from Julie first – she thinks Fabrice will be the least prepared for RAGBRAI because, in her words, “He thinks RAGBRAI is a special Iowan language meaning vacation.” But what does Fabrice have to say about this? …

BFI, Bicycles, & Burundi – Oh My!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Today we take you to Burundi, to give you the inside scoop on what bicycling looks like, and what its used for, in the country. And we can almost guarantee you’ll learn something new! We’d like to introduce you to Canesius, who lives in Bubanza, a province in northwest Burundi. He works Monday – …

Exclusive Interview with BFI Executive Director Julie Marner

Wondering why 6 of BFI’s very own would choose to ride over 400 miles in the sweltering heat and humidity of the heartland of the US?! Then look no further! We caught up with all 6 of the dedicated Cycling4Burundi teammates to figure out what drove them to participate in this year’s RAGBRAI. But that’s not all! We also caught …