This version of the RVO is the only mountain bike race to cross the Equator, from north to south along the Great Rift Valley, passing through wildlife conservancies, National Parks and Forests. Cycling on the RVO is like cycling 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 is 50% single track and 50% jeep track, it provides an intense mountain biking experience across raw Africa.
Accommodation is in shared twin rooms / luxury tents at safari lodges. The boutique lodges have limited accommodation therefore participation is limited to only 24 participants.
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. 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. Solo riders are welcome, however, because this Odyssey traverses remote areas it is beneficial to have a teammate for 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 2,700 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.
We offer customised post race safari packages for those that wish to indulge in Kenya’s natural splendour.
The RVO is a long and adventurous journey : Prepare well for the Odyssey … or … be well prepared for an ordeal.