Rift Valley Odyssey 2019

  • 19 – 28 Sep : 10 days : 900 km : 13,500 m ascent :  ????  – Naivasha – Suswa – Ewaso Nyiro – Loita – Maasai Mara
  • 24 – 28 Sep : 5 days : 455 km : 8,100 m ascent : Limuru – Naivasha – Suswa – Ewaso Nyiro – Loita – Maasai Mara
  • 26 – 28 Sep : 3 days : 275 km : 4,550 m ascent :      xx               xx          Suswa – Ewaso Nyiro – Loita – Maasai Mara

Early Bird registration is now open – available to first 12 entries fully paid before 30 Nov 2018 
Entries are limited to 100 participants only 

The 10th Rift Valley Odyssey (RVO) will celebrate with a one off special 10 day edition, open to only 20 participants. Route design for the first 5 of 10 days will create the most breathtaking mountain bike adventure across Kenya’s spectacular Great Rift Valley, the only mountain bike race to traverse the Rift Valley ending at Maasai Mara. The RVO starts from verdant tea farms and forests east of the Rift Valley, crosses the Rift Valley floor to ascend into vast indigenous forests west of the Rift Valley, then onwards across rolling savannah to Maasai Mara.

Post-race vacation for 2 nights in Maasai Mara with our customised safari packages at Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp link and Encounter Mara Camp link.

About

The RVO is the only mountain bike race that visits Kenya’s iconic safari destination – Maasai Mara.  September is migration season, when approximately 2 million animals migrate between Serengeti and Maasai Mara National Parks.

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.

Registration is limited to only 100 participants so as 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, delivering breathtaking experiences to discerning cyclists that yearn for an incredible adventure.

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. 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.

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

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

IATA airline regulations prohibit the carriage of e-bike batteries on passenger flights, you must therefore freight your batteries by road or sea. An e-bike without a battery can be carried on flights as passenger luggage.

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