Register for either 5 days or 3 days of breathtaking adventure.
Registration closes on 30 June with entries limited to only 120 riders.
Riding the Standard Chartered Rift Valley Odyssey is all about, breathtaking moments. Please click the links below to enjoy the RVO video produced by Bigshot Media.
RVO 2012 video (03 minutes)
RVO 2012 video (31 minutes)
RVO 2013 video (13 minutes)
To read the 2014 route description please click here
To register your 2014 entry please click here
STANDARD CHARTERED presents the 5th Rift Valley Odyssey (RVO) on 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!
The RVO traverses high altitude forests on both eastern and western escarpments of the Great Rift Valley, riding challenging terrain along smooth yet raw technical single-track, forest trails, bush trails, exhilarating descents, arduous ascents (peak race altitude might be 3,050 m ASL), pristine wilderness and open savannah teaming with plains game. Riding the RVO is like cycling through pages of the “National Geographic”, starting from the verdant tea farms of Limuru, the adventure navigates high altitude indigenous forests, along the serene shores of Lake Naivasha, Lake Oloiden, Lake Elementaita and Lake Nakuru, around the extinct volcanoes of Mt Longonot, Hobley’s Volcano, Mt Ol Donyo Eburru, Ol Karia; riding under the imposing cliffs and past the natural steam vents of Hell’s Gate National Park. Each day on the RVO will deliver stunningly different terrain.
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.
I look forward to hosting you on an odyssey across Kenya’s Great Rift Valley.
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.