The course offers diverse terrain and a variety of mountain biking challenges in every stage. Our course designers include a few wild animals (!) who have ensured an MTb experience unlike any other. Some of the route offer some technical sections, all of which are achievable with a bit of practice. But having said that- do you really need another excuse to get on your bike? The Laikipia XC is a 6 day mountain bike stage race that takes place in the vast wilderness of Central Kenya from 7th-12th July 2014 Riders will experience the region’s breath-taking scenery, a variety of ancient cultures and a once in a lifetime opportunity to dominate some world-class mountain biking trails.
The route covers approximately 500km over 6 days and about 10,000m of climbing. It runs through the foothills of Mount Kenya (Africa’s second highest mountain), up into the stunning scenery of Laikipia and finally into and around Mukogodo Forest, all straddling the incredible East African Rift Valley. Famed for its spectacular views and diverse terrain, the race snakes its way through steep, rocky singletrack, open savannah and virgin forests that border the legendary Ewaso Nyiro river.
This is a wilderness experience.
The Laikipia XC route has it all– smooth murrum road, single track, rocky footpaths and forest trails. We have also mixed in a few technical sections but please be aware that this is an endurance event – riders will need a high level of fitness and some mountain biking skills in order to max out on the enjoyment part! Our aim is for riders to be challenged physically, technically and mentally, and to cross the finish line with a massive dusty smile having tasted 6 days worth of African MTB magic.
Riders must take part in teams of two. They may be all male, all female or a mixed team. Solo riders CAN register. We will pair up solo riders at least one month before the race based on their previous experience, and whether they want to ride for fun, or to race competitively.
Veterans (both riders must be 40 years or older on 1st January 2014). Read more….
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