Rift Valley Odyssey: 25-29 Sep 2018

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  • 25 – 29 Sep : 5 days : 475 km : 8500 m ascent : Limuru – Naivasha – Suswa – Mosiro – Loita – Maasai Mara
  • 27 – 29 Sep : 3 days : 290 km : 4900 m ascent :      xx               xx          Suswa – Mosiro – Loita – Maasai Mara

Registration is limited to only 120 participants : 80% SOLD

The 9th Rift Valley Odyssey (RVO) will be a breathtaking mountain bike adventure race across Kenya’s spectacular Great Rift Valley. This is the only mountain bike race to visit Maasai Mara, starting from verdant tea farms east of the Rift Valley, crossing the valley floor to ascend into vast indigenous forests west of the Rift Valley, then onwards across rolling savannah to Maasai Mara.

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 120 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.