This years ride is over the weekend of the 25th and 26th of July with Registration and Briefing on the evening of the 24th July .
The first day is our stock ride Main Camp to Ngshwela Pan , it is about 58km of sand and sand and some rocks . The ride is not a race but it is not an easy ride and we do advise participants put some hours in the saddle and if you can, find some sand to practice in . On this route we have seen wildlife most years and the cyclists can stop and see some of the projects that their entry fee and sponsorship has funded.
The cyclists are divided in to groups of about 20 to 25 of similar speed cyclists.We also accommodate friends or families that wish to ride together, there is a lead vehicle with an armed scout and a sweeper vehicle for each group. Within each group we have a Captain and his/her Vice , their job is to keep all safe and within sight of each other. Any cyclist can have a rest on the sweeper vehicle and re join the ride. All the groups are in radio contact with each other and the medics . At Kennedy Camp Site there is a water stop. This is approximately half way on day one and normally signifies the last of the sand, unless Wilderness has done some grading of the road . After about 5 hours the road opens up at Ngweshla Pan and it is a sprint to the end . The rest of the day is spent at Ngweshla with family and friends.
The second day is fairly easy with a ride to Guvalala Pan and return , easy in the fact it is on “tar”. This is about 60km long . On your return to Main Camp we have boerwors rolls and drinks available .
Main Camp is our base . Thursday afternoon is Registration and on Thursday night we have the ride Briefing with the rules etc explained . On Friday night we organize a talk by one of the local researchers otherwise you are free to do enjoy the Water bucks Head Restaurant and Bar or gather around one of the many braais .
On Saturday night there is the presentation of some of the awards , we have a trophy for the most money raised , there is a trophy for the cyclist with the most votes from within his or her group and an over all ” Spirit of the Ride” winner decided by the ROC from the Group selections . We also have ” The Big Five” certificate for cyclists who have completed in 5 rides. There is a braai and some music afterwards. On Sunday there is a breakfast ride to Safari Lodge , this is a very slow and leisurely ride.
Most people are self catering in the Main Camp lodges and chalets , but there is the Waterbucks Head Restaurant and a small store with basic supplies . All registered cyclists will receive a boerewors roll at Ngweshla and at Main Camp after Day 2 , Saturday nights braai is also included in the Registration fee.
The ride was started 7 years ago by Colin Gillies with 27 riders taking part. It has grown over the years and we anticipate 70 riders this year , we can not go over 70 logistic reasons but are working on accommodating more in the years to come .
All the funds raised are administrated by Wildlife Environment Zimbabwe for the supply of water to Hwange National Park . All the pumps , spares and fuel are in turn administered by Gary Cantel who lives at Main Camp .
We have 2 Facebook sites: https://www.facebook.com/PLFWZ
all the Rules , Registration and Sponsorship forms can be found there .
We welcome any form of sponsorship for the ride , we have custom cycle shirts made each year and $500.00 gets your logo on the shirt , we are looking for some one to sponsor this years number plates for each cyclist, there is the musette bags that we would like to have this year , but we welcome any thing from water to fruit for the water points to pump spares and fuel and oils.