The Zambezi River is 2700 kms in length and crosses through 7 countries before finally reaching the Indian Ocean. A lifeline to animals and humans alike, it also provides electricity and a natural beauty that brings tourists from afar to see it. Where the Zambezi plunges over 100 meters into the Batoka Gorge and forms one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, The Victoria Falls, sets the backdrop of the inaugural Zambezi Cycle Challenge for in 2015.
The Zambezi Cycle Challenge’s primary objective is to raise funds to preserve the environment surrounding this natural wonder. These funds will be raised through providing a top class, uniquely challenging and adventure filled experience through beautifully scenic and natural reserves for participants that are conservationists as well as adventure enthusiasts. All participants are invited to stay together at The Elephant Hills Hotel for the event, where most of the functions, back up services and stages will end.
The format of the Challenge will seek to embrace the social adventure loving mountain bike enthusiast as well as the more competitive cyclists. Teams will be require to be made up of at least two members, but the race organisers will also provide guided groups of similar abilities/standards for the more social riders. The event will take place from the 3rd to the 5th July 2015 with a stage of 50 to 70 kms on each of the three days.
Day one will take us through the Zambezi National Park along the Zambezi River section above and upstream of the Victoria Falls and end in Victoria Falls. The start will be about 60kms out of Victoria Falls and after making our way down to the Zambezi, the route will take us back along the Zambezi River on single track and gravel track through very scenic and rich wildlife areas.
Day 2 will start at the same place as day 1, but will be entirely inland, cycling deep in the bush and passing numerous pumped pans along the way. This stage will take us along Chamabonda vlei and Matetsi Safari Area and will consist of 70kms of mostly single and double track cycling.
Day 3 will commence about 40 kms out of town below and downstream of Victoria Falls. The route on this final day will be 90% single track and the most technically challenging as it takes us back towards Victoria Falls along the Batoka Gorge with spectacular views of the Zambezi River way below. You will literally be Riding on the Edge on several occasions on this stage.
A final gala dinner/prize giving on the banks of the Zambezi will conclude and wind down what will be three action filled days.
For more information : Zambezi Cycle Challenge
2 July 2015