Cycling With The Brakes On

Ericka Taylor rode in our 2012 Lake2Lake and had a fantastic first day. Day 2 however was a different story. Listen to Ericka share about her experience of riding on day 2 and how it relates to Rwandan students trying to succeed in their schools in light of the obstacles they face.

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I Heartily Recommend It

Mountain biking in Rwanda

Mathias Fellenz heard about the Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda after taking up road cycling in 2010. He wasn’t sure he could do a 220km ride over two days but the idea intrigued him. One ride and he was hooked—he would heartily recommend it to anyone! (Register Now!)

Since 2010 Mathias has learned more about the ride’s sponsor, The Wellspring Foundation for Education, and the work they do in Rwanda. This past spring Mathias and his wife Lora had the opportunity to be part of a vision trip to Rwanda where their understanding of Wellspring’s work and the country’s past, present, and future was further developed.

We had a chance to sit down with Mathias in Rwanda to talk about the Lake2Lake and Wellspring’s work to empower a new generation in Rwanda:

Registration Deadline is September 12:

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2012 Survey Responses

We are really excited for the 4th edition of the Lake2Lake. We received Rider Survey responses from 35 riders and Volunteer Survey responses from 10 volunteers. As we’ve planned the 2013 Lake2Lake we’ve taken many of your suggestions, comments and feedback into consideration.


You said: 54% heard about the Lake2Lake by word of mouth, 88% are likely to ride again and 97% would recommend it to a friend!
Our response: fantastic! We’d love to see you back again this year – registration opens Feb 14th. Bring a friend and check out our new Teams option.

You said: need better control when people leave at the start of each day.
Our response: this year you will enter your average cycling speed when you register and you will be started in groups, slowest to fastest.

You said: cost of accommodations at Eagle Bay Camp seems high for non-riders.
Our response: even though we have always charged overnighters what the camp charges us, we spoke with them and they reduced the overnight fee by $10!

You said: we had to move room assignments around to make sure we could stay with our friends.
Our response: make sure you register early! Priority is given for the lodge to riders by date of registration. If you have a roommate preference please enter that in the comment section when you register.

You said: more veggie options at lunch, dinner & BBQ please, and could we have food items at start line Saturday.
Our response: good idea, we have passed on your requests to Chef Todd! There will be food at the start line.

You said: it would be great to be able to communicate with others about ride sharing. Who is coming from where and needs a ride or who has room in their vehicle to take someone (or another bike).
Our response: checkout our facebook page and connect with others there.

You said: you love cycling and the idea of riding for a cause.
Our response: we encourage you to sign up as a fundraiser this year and transform education in Rwanda from the seat of your bike!


  • 100% said they were likely to volunteer again
  • 90% said they would recommend to a friend to volunteer
  • 80% said they would recommend to a friend to ride

Volunteers, our riders LOVED you! 94% of our riders were very satisfied with the ride support. They also said you were wonderful, had hearts of gold, and were very encouraging! We hope you and a friend will register online for this year’s ride as a volunteer or as a rider!

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We made the news in Cherryville!

The Cherryvillan - Nov 2012

Angelia Harvey sent us a copy of November’s The Cherryvillan, Cherryville’s Community News, with a story on the Lake2Lake and the ‘team’ from Cherryville.

The Cherryvillan - Nov 2012

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3rd Edition Another Success!

Richard & crew along Shuswap Lake on Day 2, 2012.

Our 3rd annual Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda was September 29+30, 2012. Over 70 riders hopped on their bikes and rode 220 kms, raising over $60,000, to help Wellspring impact education in Rwanda.

It was another huge success from our perspective. The weather was amazing the whole weekend; we had many riders from previous years; there were a lot of new faces; we had a TON of volunteers to help things run smoothly; and most importantly no one got hurt…well, except for the rider who fell while trying to unclip from his pedals at the starting line.

We took tons of photos over the weekend and have shared them on our Ride for Rwanda Facebook page (high-res versions of those and more are available on Flickr). Check ‘em out!

We’re riding again next year, hoping to build on the successes of this year and would love to have you join us as a rider or volunteer. Check back for the 2013 dates early in the new year.

Thanks to all the riders, volunteers and supporters for making this year successful. You are helping us make a big impact in the lives of thousands of students in the classrooms of Gasabo District in Kigali where we are transforming education through our School Development Program.

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Poggs Keen To Pedal For Rwandan Kids

Dave & Deb Poggemoeller holding the 2012 Lake2Lake Ride For Rwanda BAnner

The “Poggs” – Deb and Dave Poggemoeller – have become cyclists as a result of their passion to see children in Rwanda receive a quality education.

Dave and Deb first heard about Wellspring in the spring of 2008. A friend, Craig Fleischhacker, asked them to participate in acquiring building materials for the Wellspring Academy, a K-12 school being built in Kigali, Rwanda. Read more ›

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InspirED to ride

Ed Lfiton with Wellspring Executive Director Richard Taylor just after finishing the inaugural Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda
Ed Lifton with Wellspring Executive Director Richard Taylor just after finishing the inaugural Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda

Ed Lifton with Wellspring Executive Director Richard Taylor just after finishing the inaugural Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda

Ed Lifton was self-employed in the food business. Not really concerned about being involved in the community. Doing what he needed to do to keep his head above water.

Then someone encouraged him to ride in The Wellspring Foundation’s inaugural Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda.

Ed had been riding his older steel-framed bike to work everyday and thought he should check the ride out. While researching he found out the ride was a fundraiser for the Wellspring Foundation for Education: a nonprofit working to empower the next generation of Rwandan leaders through education that transforms lives. Read more ›

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