Rift Valley Odyssey: 26-30 Sep 2017

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The 8th Rift Valley Odyssey (RVO) is a breathtaking mountain bike adventure race across Kenya’s spectacular Great Rift Valley. This is the very first mountain bike race to visit Maasai Mara, starting from verdant tea farms east of the Rift Valley, crossing to vast indigenous forests west of the Rift Valley then onwards across rolling savannah to Maasai Mara.

Vacation for 2 nights in Maasai Mara with our customized safari package, refer to pre & post race packages pdf for details.

RVO 2017 has sold out to 120 participants – register for 2017 waitlist or 2018 advance.

  • 5 days : 470 km : 8325 m ascent : 26-30 Sep : Limuru – Naivasha – Suswa – Mosiro – Loita – Maasai Mara
  • 3 days : 296 km : 5000 m ascent : 28-30 Sep : Suswa – Mosiro – Loita – Maasai Mara
About

RVO 2017 is the very first mountain bike race to visit Kenya’s iconic safari destination – Maasai Mara. Never before have cyclists raced alongside the massive herds of migrating wildebeest (approximately 2 million migrate between Serengeti and Maasai Mara).

Our customised post race safari package for 2 nights provides the opportunity to visit Maasai Mara, to witness the annual migration, a spectacular wonder of the natural world. Refer to pre & post race packages pdf for details.

RVO 2017 will be exceptional, registration is limited to only 100 participants to ensure this phenomenal experience is fully enjoyed at an intimate level. The RVO is probably the most unique mountain bike adventure race in the world that delivers breathtaking experiences for discerning cyclists that seek unparalleled MTB adventure.

The challenging trails are flowing yet raw, technical single track demands good skills, forest trails, bush trails, exhilarating descents, arduous ascents (peak race altitude is at 2,800 m), pristine wilderness and open savannah teaming with plains game.

This is a team event for 2 or 3 partners, the only course markings are the start and finish lines of each stage, each team must depend 100% upon their GARMIN GPS to self-navigate for 5 days : 445 km. Teams must remain together throughout their odyssey as the route traverses remote wilderness areas, so having a teammate provides support in case of any mishap. Safety marshals on motorbikes and medical teams will be strategically placed along the route.

A high level of physical fitness and mental preparation is required; the astounding scenery conceals the true physical challenge of the RVO. Because this is a not a race against the clock, e-mountain bikes are welcome; we will deliver spare batteries to WP2 on each stage. (Kenya uses 240V UK plug standard).

The RVO is a long and adventurous journey: prepare well for an Odyssey … or … be well prepared for an ordeal.