Race Series

RVO Maasai Mara 2024


Entries are limited to 50 participants only
RVO 2024 is SOLD OUT

Early Bird 2025 entries open : 01 Nov 2024 – 31 Dec 2024
Registration closes on : 30 Jun 2025

2025 event dates 22-26 Sep 2025

The Rift Valley Odyssey (RVO) combines two concurrent events : 5 day / 3 day.

  • 23-27 Sep : 5 day :   475 km : 8,000 m ascent : Limuru – Lake Naivasha – Mt. Suswa – Maji Moto – Loita –Maasai Mara
  • 25-27 Sep : 3 day  :    300 km  : 4,500 m ascent : Mt. Suswa – Maji Moto – Loita – Maasai Mara
  • 27 Sep :  Finish venue is at Entumoto Safari Camp with overnight stay for everybody
  • 28 Sep :  Transfer by road / air  from Maasai Mara to Nairobi

Post-race vacation for 2 nights in Maasai Mara with our customised safari packages at:
a) Entumoto Safari Camp link       or        b) Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp link

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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.

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

Salama Hills (1): 16-17 Mar 2024


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.  A good level of level of cycling fitness with average technical skill is sufficient.

KIDS EVENT 8-12 years –  2 days of fun cycling along farm tracks, routes entirely within the farm boundary
KIDS ACTIVITIES –  bush walks and farm animal visit on Saturday afternoon

Entries closing 10 Mar.
VIP late entries close 12 Mar

  • Register for 1 day or 2 days
  • Saturday 07:30 start: Main 60 km / Lite 40 km
  • Sunday 07:30 start: Main 40 km / Lite 30 km
  • Sunday finish by 11:00 ready for early lunch & departure by 13:00
  • Youth 13-17 years –  on Lite route must be chaperoned by an adult

Saturday night ride at 18:00 –  bring your cycling light / head torch / any torch to enjoy 3 laps of a 5 km loop within the farm.

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  • 100% GPS: self-navigation is required
  • No course marking – only the start / finish lints marked
  • Saturday 07:30 start: Main 70 km / Lite 40 km
  • Sunday 07:30 start: Main 40 km / Lite 20 km
  • Youth 13-17: on Lite route must be accompanied by an adult
  • SOLO event
  • Teams of 2 is the preferred format
  • Batch interval start at 3 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): 11-12 May 2024


Sorry – Event is postponed due to flooding of campsite. A new date will be announced.
With the current heavy rainfall there is little hope for a dry weekend. All entrants will be refunded.

The course for Salama Hills (2) is more intense and technical than Salama Hills (1). The weekend of fun includes Saturday sundown ride with bush dinner.

  • Solo event with teams being the preferred format
  • Saturday 07:30 – 70 km main / 40 km Lite
  • Sunday 07:30 – 50 km main / 30 km Lite
  • Youth teams 15-17 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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  • Solo event with teams being the preferred choice
  • 100% GPS: self-navigation is required
  • Saturday 07:30 : 65 km main / 42 km Lite
  • Saturday 17:30 : 4x 5 km (2 laps day + 2 laps night)
  • Sunday 07:30: 45 km main / 25 km Lite
  • Youth 15-17: on Lite route must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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 more challenging than SH(1)

 

Kiambu Gravel


Race venue is at Migaa Golf Club, Kiambu. The extensive network of village roads provide for an intense day of gravel riding. This is a fast course on predominantly smooth gravel roads that favour gravel vs. mountain bikes.

E-bikes are welcome but will not classify for awards.

Race is limited to 50 participants. Entries close on 22 Nov.

  • Main 70 km / 1300 m ascent / WP 41 km
  • Lite 50 km / 900 m ascent / WP 29 km
  • Lite 40 km / 740 m ascent / WP 20 km

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Aberdare Hills


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 

 

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