We went through cancer, and now we are going to its Tropic!
We will route the Rak’n’Roll Cycling Track: from Warsaw to the Tropic of Cancer in Western Sahara. We want it to be a symbol of our strength, energy and joy of life. We are going to cycle nearly 7,000 km to prove our power and share it with cancer patients. Our journey will leave a permanent trace on the maps and in the chronicles of global tourism —proof that everything is possible. We hope other teams will follow our route in the future. Let it be a dream and motivation to get back to health for every patient.

The cycling journey of cancer survivors to the Tropic of Cancer in Western Sahara will begin in September 2019 and last four months. 27 people who went through cancer and 19 support team members will take part in this twelve-stage relay race.

The Rak’n’Roll Foundation has been undertaking unconventional support activities for 10 years. We help go through cancer and show you can live a good and happy life despite the disease. The journey crowns the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Rak’n’Roll Foundation — an extraordinary year of summaries and bold plans: ten years done, more to go!
Rak'n'Roll Track
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The 7,000-km track from Poland, through 8 countries to the Tropic of Cancer in Western Sahara was routed with extreme accuracy with the intention to use as many sections of long-distance cycling routes as possible. The stages are very diverse and routed through interesting natural, historic and cultural spots. Each stage and each country we are going to travel is different, but one thing is certain: we can expect a fantastic adventure!
Stage 1
Poland: Warsaw — Zakopane
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From the capital of Poland to the Tatra Mountains. One day, when the Vistula Cycling Route is created all along the Vistula River, it will be a wonderful journey. For the time being we can count on real cycling tracks only in the Lesser Poland region. On the remaining sections of our journey along the longest Polish river, we are going to use local roads and few local cycling routes. The sections are long and abundant with attractions and beautiful spots.
Distance: 605 km /Superiority: +3249 m / - 2497 m
Stage 2
Slovakia: Zakopane — Vienna
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The route goes from Zakopane through Chochołów to Trstená along cycling tracks of the Cycling Route Around the Tatras and then along local roads with medium elevation gain through Terchová to Žilina. Next we are cycling through the valley of Váh along the oldest cycling route in Slovakia (over 200 km) through the regions of Trenčín and Trnava, where we change the direction near the town of Piešťany, cycle through small hills of the Little Carpathians, bypass Bratislava to reach the Danube in Austria and head for Vienna along the Eurovelo 6 cycling route.
Distance: 436 km /Superiority: +3019 m / - 3712 m
Stage 3
Austria: Vienna — Salzburg
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This stage goes along one of the most popular cycling routes in the world — Eurovelo 6, routed from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea. We are going to cycle along the coastline of the Danube on the 320-km section from Vienna to Passau, where we turn to the cycling route along the Inn and next along the Salzach to Salzburg — the city of Mozart. The entire route is slightly ascending, but the elevation gain is very slight and imperceptible. It is an easy section led along beautiful rivers and through many amazing regions, such as the Wachau valley famous for its numerous medieval sites and vineyards. There are many wonderful castles worth visiting over the river valleys — unfortunately, “over” typically means cycling up really steep hills.
Distance: 465 km /Superiority: +3128 m / - 2844 m
Stage 4
Germany: Salzburg — Buchs
21-29.09. 2019
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After a short linking section from Salzburg, the entire route to Lake Constance goes along the “Bodensee-Königssee Radweg” cycling route through the entire Upper Bavaria and its numerous resorts, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Alps and beautiful mountain lakes. Near Lake Constance we turn to “Lakes Route” — one of the most picturesque cycling routes in Switzerland, heading for Buchs, where the next team takes over the baton. Cycling through the Alps means beautiful views, but also undulating terrain, so the participants must be prepared for quite a lot of cycling uphill. The route becomes fairly flat in Switzerland, near Lake Constance (the last 80 km).
Distance: 501 km /Superiority: +4656 m / -4647 m
Stage 5
Switzerland: Buchs — Geneva
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“Lakes Route” is a cycling track along beautiful asphalt paths marked along the entire length of the stage, surrounded by picturesque landscapes. The route marked with its characteristic 9 number goes along 10 beautiful Alpine lakes, visiting such famous towns and cities as Lucerne or Rapperswil. This stage has a number of uphill sections linking the valleys and the coastlines of Alpine lakes. The route reaches Lake Geneva and goes through Lausanne along Route 1 — the main cycling route in Switzerland.
Distance: 557 km /Superiority: +7195 m / - 7241 m
Stage 6
France: Geneva — Montpellier
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If we were to give this stage a short name, it could be “Towards the sea”. We cycle from Lake Geneva to the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea along the EuroVelo 17 cycling route, known in France as ViaRhôna — a route along the Rhône. This 815-km route takes us through diverse landscapes, from the Alpine panoramic views, through the vineyards of Côtes du Rhône, the Southern parts of Provence, villages on the hills, lavender fields and olive groves to the Mediterranean beaches of Camargue. It is also a wonderful historic route presenting 2,000 years of cultural heritage, including three UNESCO World Heritage sites (in Lyon, Avignon and Arles). We have many kilometers to cycle, but we leave the Alps, so... we go mostly downhill.
Distance: 681 km /Superiority: +2884 m / - 3289 m
Stage 7
France and Spain: Montpellier — Girona
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It is a very diverse stage, starting on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea on the EuroVelo 8 route to go midland after 260 km and cross one of the great passes of the Pyrenees (1,517 metres asl) on the Pirinexus route — one of the most interesting Spanish-French “green roads”. After crossing the Spanish border, the participants of this stage will cycle mainly downhill. Pirinexus frequently leaves asphalt roads, reaching spots not accessible by car; it requires certain physical effort, but offers spectacular views and unique experience in return.
Distance: 468 km /Superiority: +4471 m / - 4367 m
Stage 8
Spain: Girona — Valencia
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Navigation along this section could be summarized as follows: “keep the sea on your left and move forward”. Kilometers of sandy beaches and seaside towns, though slightly more peaceful and not so crowded than the ones in the South, make the roads along the coastline more busy and the infrastructure dense and complex. The Eurovelo along this section is still being designed or developed, so cycling along the coastline we choose local roads through the seaside towns, seeking contact with nature, peace and quiet.
Distance: 547 km /Superiority: +3596 m / - 3698 m
Stage 9
Spain: Valencia — Morron de la Frontera
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In Valencia, running away from the crowded tourist spots, we cycle uphill to the Spanish midlands to discover the cycling kingdom of “green roads”. Hundreds of kilometers of old railway tracks with bridges and tunnels were turned into picturesque traffic-free cycling routes. We are going to travel about 200 km of such routes from Albacete to Puente Genil. This stage will definitely be difficult due to the elevation gain, but will also offer the participants an opportunity to discover more quiet and rarely visited regions of Spain.
Distance: 680 km /Superiority: +8403 m / - 8161 m
Stage 10
Spain and Morocco: Morron de la Frontera — Tarifa — Tanger — Casablanca
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From the foot of the Sierra de Grazalema mountains, through the Andalusian towns with their white houses to Tarifa — a popular surfing spot. Next a ferry to Africa, to the legendary Tangiers, along the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean, through Rabat — the peaceful capital city of Morocco, to Casablanca, the place where the Western world melts with the Islamic culture. This stage is extremely diverse, with lots of picturesque spots and cultural, historic and religious sites.
Distance: 566 km /Superiority: +4761 m / - 4933 m
Stage 11
Maroko: Casablanca - Agadir
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In Morocco, the road options are quite limited and there are no “cycling routes” as we know them in Europe, so we have to be prepared for cycling in the road traffic and along the main roads. Travelling through Africa guarantees, however, more interesting and intense emotions and experience. The second part of this stage is routed through the Atlas Mountains, so the participants can count on numerous uphill and downhill sections. The section to Agadir can be referred to as a route of colonial fortresses guarding the coastline. It is not Sahara yet, but the climate gets more and more rough with each and every kilometer.
Distance: 560 km /Superiority: +5181 m / - 5195 m
Stage 12
Maroko i Sahara Zachodnia: Agadir – Zwrotnik Raka
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When we leave the Atlas behind, we are going to see the dunes in Tan-Tan on the horizon and experience the harsh weather of the Western Sahara till the very end of our journey. The sections are long, interrupted by few road signs and military posts. It is a difficult stage for experienced cyclists.
Distance: 1300 km /Superiority: +4561 m / - 4592 m
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