Race Series

RVO – Maasai Mara 2023


Early Bird registration closes on 31 Dec 2022
Standard registration closes on 31 Jul 2023
Entries are limited to 50 participants only

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

  • 25-29 Sep : 5 day :   450 km : 7,000 m ascent : Limuru – Lake Naivasha – Mt. Suswa – Maji Moto – Loita – Maasai Mara
  • 27-29 Sep : 3 day  :    300 km  : 4,500 m ascent : Mt. Suswa – Maji Moto – Loita – Maasai Mara
  • 29 Sep : Final night :   Finish venue is at Instinct of the Mara Camp with overnight stay for everybody
  • 30 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) Instinct of the Mara 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.

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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Salama Hills (1): 25-26 Mar 2023


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.

Event limited to 50 participants. Entries close on 27 Feb.

  • Saturday 07:30 start: Main 70 km / Lite 40 km
  • Sunday 07:30 start: Main 40 km / Lite 20 km
  • Sunday finish by 11:00 ready for early lunch & departure by 13:00
  • Youth 13-17 –  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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Teams will 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): 17-18 Jun 2023


The course for Salama Hills (2) is more intense and technical than Salama Hills (1). The weekend of fun includes night racing; an evening stage of 5 km starting at 18:00 with 1 laps by day + 2 laps by night.

  • Saturday 07:30 – 70 km main / 40 km Lite
  • Saturday 18:00 – 3x 5 km  (1 lap day + 2 laps night)
  • Sunday 07:30 – 40 km main / 25 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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  • 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
  • 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)

 

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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