Max Knox (photographed at Crater Lake during SC RVO 2013) will return to Kenya in September 2014. This year he will be joined by Kevin Evans, his FedGroup-Itec team partner.

Max Knox is one of South Africa’s most accomplished marathon mountain bike racers, he was the 2012 South African marathon champion, in 2013 he switched his focus to Olympic Cross-Country racing. Max has started six and finished five Cape Epics, in 2014 Max and Kevin lost their way and suffered an automatic 1 hour time penalty, thereby losing their African leaders jersey and a top 10 placing. The 8-day Cape Epic is the worlds premier mountain bike stage race, with international rating equivalent to the Tour de France.
Kevin Evans is South Africa’s most experienced international mountain bike marathon racer, he finished third at the recent South African Marathon Championships. In his eight completed Cape Epics, Kevin has finished second once, third three times and fourth once.
Last month the pair teamed up to win the 10th Sani2c, to rack up an amazing 9 wins between them, Kevin has won 6 times and Max has won 3 times. Sani2c is South Africa’s largest 3-day mountain bike stage race.
Max is totally excited to return to Kenya after his 2014 debut, he described the RVO as:

“Stage 1 remains the best 100 km stage I have ever ridden, no where else have I ridden such variety within a single stage!
Stage 2 was awesome, I really wish I had carried my camera.
Stage 3 was wildlife central, zebra crossings were the real deal…”
The RVO is spectacular, after riding in 2013 Max vowed to return. To understand why, you need watch RVO action online at the following links:
RVO 2013 video  (13 minutes)

RVO 2012 video  (03 minutes)

RVO 2012 video  (31 minutes)
To read the 2014 route description please click here
To register your 2014 entry please click here.
Registration closes next week on 30 June 2014.
The 5th Standard Chartered Rift Valley Odyssey (RVO) takes place from 24-28 September (5 days) and 26-28 September (3 days). A breathtaking mountain bike adventure across Kenya’s spectacular Great Rift Valley; an amazing experience for the discerning rider that seeks pure MTB adventure across a fascinating landscape; for the racing snakes, this is an opportunity to race with your heart and eyes wide open. Whatever your pace, the Standard Chartered Rift Valley Odyssey is an unforgettable experience!
Once again the Standard Chartered Rift Valley Odyssey will be supported by GARMIN (Navigation Systems), Keringet mineral water, Castle-Lite, USN (Sky Healthcare), VW Kenya (CMC Group), Brackenhurst Hotel, Africa&you travel, Kedong Ranch, Finlay’s Flowers, Oserian Wildlife Sanctuary, Mundui Estate, Crater Lake Sanctuary, Kijabe Ltd, Soysambu Conservancy and many other landowners (large and small scale), Rhino Ark Conservation, Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service.

The Rift Valley Odyssey supports ‘Seeing is Believing’: Standard Chartered Bank’s flagship sustainability initiative aimed at eradicating avoidable and curable blindness.  The program was launched in 2003, as part of the Bank’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Since its launch, the Seeing is Believing program has helped 23 million people, giving more than 2.78 million people their sight back.

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