Rift Valley Odyssey

The 10th Rift Valley Odyssey (RVO) celebrates with a 10 day edition, a one off special for only 20 participants. 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 – Bogoria – Subukia – Nakuru – Naivasha – Mt. Suswa – Ewaso Nyiro – Loita – Maasai Mara
  • 19 – 23 Sep : 5 day (A) : 415 km : 6,800 m ascent : Laikipia – Bogoria – Subukia – Nakuru – Naivasha
  • 24 – 28 Sep : 5 day (B) : 490 km : 8,000 m ascent : Limuru – Naivasha – Mt. Suswa – Ewaso Nyiro – Loita – Maasai Mara
  • 26 – 28 Sep : 3 day  :  310 km  : 4,500 m ascent :        xx               xx          Mt. Suswa – Ewaso Nyiro – 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 31 May 2019. Entries are limited to 100 participants only. 

About

 

The RVO is the only mountain bike race to cross the Equator while traversing the length (north to south) and width (east to west) of the Great Rift Valley, finishing at Kenya’s iconic safari destination – Maasai Mara.  September is migration season, when approximately 2 million animals migrate between Serengeti and Maasai Mara National Parks.

Cycling on the RVO is like turning through pages of the National Geographic magazine, each stage crosses incredible landscape that is littered with wildlife; through verdant farmlands, vast indigenous forests, blistering volcanic deserts, arid scrub land, montane forests and rolling savannah. This breathtaking adventure race provides an intense mountain biking experience across raw Africa.

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. Enjoy a majestic hot air balloon ride, floating overhead this magnificent wildlife spectacle.

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.