Registration closes 11 Oct 2021
Due to Covid restrictions entries are limited to 40 participants only

The 2021 Rift Valley Odyssey (RVO) combines multiple concurrent events : 5 day / 3 day.

  • 20-24 Oct : 5 day :   425 km : 7,250 m ascent : Limuru – Lake Naivasha – Soysambu
  • 22-24 Oct : 3 day  :    240 km  : 3,550 m ascent : Lake Naivasha – Soysambu
  • 24 Oct :   Post race departure from 14:00 by road from Mbweha Camp, Soysambu.

19-23 Sep 2022 next years event

For any post-race vacations please enquire from our appointed travel & tour consultants.

About

The RVO is the only mountain bike race to cross the Great Rift Valley, taking in the beautiful necklace of lakes Naivasha, Oloiden, Elmentaita and Nakuru, finishing with stage 5 rolling along jeep tracks through Soysambu Conservancy, a World Heritage Site

Cycling on the RVO is like cycling through pages of the National Geographic magazine, each stage crosses an incredible landscape littered with wildlife; through verdant farmlands, 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.

Registration is limited to only 40 participants so as to ensure this phenomenal experience is fully enjoyed within the current COVID protocols. 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. Solo participants will be accepted at Race Directors discretion, previous experience at multiway marathon events is a prerequisite. 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 high level of physical fitness and mental preparation is required; the astounding scenery conceals the true physical challenge of the trails. Because this is not a race against the clock, e-mountain bikes are welcome; we will deliver spare batteries to the water point on each stage. Charging facilities are available at both race camps (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.