Race Series

Salama Hills (1) 16-17 Mar


RVO Salama Hills is hosted at the superb campsite on the Stanley Dairy Farm, Salama. The outstanding scenery extensive network of village roads, jeep tracks and cattle tracks provide 2 days of breathtaking mountain biking.  Moderate to good levels of level of physical fitness with novice technical skills are sufficient.

  • Day 1 start 07:30 : Main 70 km / Lite 40 km
  • Day 2 start 07:30 : Main 35 km / Lite 20 km
  • Youngsters 13-17 –  on Lite route must be chaperoned by an adult
  • Sunday finish by 11:30 for departure by 13:00

Friday and Saturday night rides at 19:00 –  bring your cycling light / head torch / any torch to enjoy a 10 km loop within the dairy ranch.

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  • 100% GPS: self-navigation is required
  • Day 1: 70 km  – Start 07:30
  • Day 2: 40 km  – Start 07:30
  • Lite route  – Saturday 40 km & Sunday 20 km
  • Youth 13-17: on Lite route must be accompanied by an adult
  • Team event with 2 or 3 partners per team
  • Solo riders will be accepted at Race Directors discretion
  • The only course marking is the start / finish line
  • Riders will start at 4 minute intervals in reverse seed order (fastest last)

TRAIL TERRAIN IS MILD with a minimum of technical sections. Whistling thorns abound on stage 2 so tubeless tires filled with an extra dose of sealant is essential (Stan’s is best). In line with true adventures, participants MUST be self-sufficient for on ride nutrition, a single water station per day will be provided.

 

Salama Hills (2) 25-26 May 2019


Salama Hills (2) introduces a new race format with day & night racing; an evening stage of 5 km starting at 17:30 with 2 laps by day + 2 laps by night.

  • Saturday 07:30 – 40 km main / 20 km Lite
  • Saturday 17:30 – 4x 5 km  (2 laps day + 2 laps night)
  • Sunday 07:30 – 40 km main / 25 km Lite
  • Youth teams 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Beer, BS & Massage available all weekend.

Good level of physical fitness with average technical skills are sufficient, this weekend event is designed for racing fun and family camping.

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  • 100% GPS: self-navigation is required
  • Saturday 07:30 : 40 km main / 25 km Lite
  • Saturday 17:30 : 4x 5 km (2 laps day + 2 laps night)
  • Sunday 07:30: 35 km main  / 20 km Lite
  • Youth 13-17: on Lite route must be accompanied by an adult
  • Team event with 2 or 3 partners per team
  • Solo riders will be accepted at Race Directors discretion
  • The only course marking is the start / finish line
  • Riders will start at 3 minute intervals in reverse seed order (fastest last)

SH(2) is more technical and intense than SH(1)

 

Kakuzi Hills – 06Jul


A SCENIC MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE across Kakuzi Farm and the Munyu Hills. Moderate to good levels of level of physical fitness with novice technical skills are sufficient, there are some significant climbs on stage 1.

  • Trail terrain is mild with a minimum of technical sections.
  • In line with true adventures, participants MUST be self-sufficient for on ride nutrition, a single water station per day will be provided.

Click here for Google map to venue at Three Nuns Dam.

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  • Accommodation & meals available
  • 42 / 79 km routes – GPS required – single water point
  • Cyclists must be strong for 79 km route!!
  • Conditions will be hot with considerable ascents

Difficulty:
Saturday is long and hot with considerable ascents, riders must be reasonably fit.
Sunday caters for the entire family, the traditional Kakuzi Challenge format continues unchanged.

The Route: Trail terrain is smooth without technical sections. Thorns abound so tubeless tires filled with an extra dose of sealant is essential (Stan’s is best). There will be a single water point per stage.

Accommodation: The bush campsite is alongside a scenic dam, available Friday & Saturday nights only.

Aberdare Hills 24-25 Aug 2019


RVO Aberdare Hills opens up a new area to intense mountain biking, it puts the “mountain” into mountain biking.

  • Saturday 09:00 – 60 km main / 20 km Lite
  • Sunday 08:00 – 40 km main / 25 km Lite
  • Youth teams 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Beer, BS & Massage available all weekend.

Good level of physical fitness with average technical skills are sufficient, this weekend event is designed as a final preparation for the Rift Valley Odyssey in September.

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  • 100% GPS: self-navigation is required
  • Saturday 09:00 : 60 km main / 25 km Lite
  • Sunday 07:30: 40 km main  / 20 km Lite
  • Youth 13-17: on Lite route must be accompanied by an adult
  • Team event with 2 or 3 partners per team
  • Solo riders will be accepted at Race Directors discretion
  • The only course marking is the start / finish line
  • Riders will start at 3 minute intervals in reverse seed order (fastest last)

RVO Aberdare Hills enjoys intense climbing with non-technical terrain 

 

Rift Valley Odyssey


The 10th Rift Valley Odyssey (RVO) celebrates with a 10 day edition, a one time only special (SOLD OUT). Accommodation for the first 6 of 10 nights is in lodges (no tented camping), with two nights at a lodge within Lake Nakuru National Park.

RVO 2019 has 4 events with 3 starting points: Laikipia 10 day & 5 day (A) Limuru 5 day (B) / Mt. Suswa 3 day.

  • 19 – 28 Sep : 10 day : 845 km : 13,500 m ascent : Laikipia – Lake Bogoria – Menengai Crater – Lake Nakuru – Lake Naivasha – Mt. Suswa Crater – Maji Moto – Loita – Maasai Mara
  • 19 – 23 Sep : 5 day (A) : 415 km : 6,800 m ascent : Laikipia – Lake Bogoria – Menengai Crater – Lake Nakuru – Lake Naivasha
  • 24 – 28 Sep : 5 day (B) : 490 km : 8,000 m ascent : Limuru – Lake Naivasha – Mt. Suswa Crater – Maji Moto – Loita – Maasai Mara
  • 26 – 28 Sep : 3 day  :  310 km  : 4,500 m ascent : Mt. Suswa Crater – Maji Moto – Loita – Maasai Mara

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

Registration closes 30 June 2019. Entries are limited to 100 participants only. 

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Difficulty: High altitude and big mountains, 45% of all cycling will be above 2,000 m altitude (peak race altitude is 2800 m).
You must be physically fit and mentally prepared for this demanding adventure. Because this is a “non-race adventure”, e-mountain bikes are welcome, we will deliver spare batteries to WP2 on each stage.

Supporter package: is available for your #1 fan, package includes daily transport to water points, meals and dome tent in race camp.

1-person dome tents: provided to all participants. Saturday night accommodation post race Maasai Mara is included for both 5 day and 3 day participants. Cottages are available at camp 1 only.

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