Zambezi Cycle Challenge 2018 – 13th to the 15th July
Registration opens 1st February
2018 – A belated Happy New Year to everyone and welcome to the 2018 Zambezi Cycle Challenge!
After a good start, the rains have vanished and we now hope for some good rain during the second half of the season. Having said that, there has been good rain upstream and the river is quite a bit higher than the same time last year so the Zambezi river, and the roaring Victoria Falls are still here for us to enjoy in 2018
For those of you who are contemplating whether to participate in this year’s edition of the Zambezi Cycle Challenge, registration opens 15th February, so get ready to register, get riding and prepare for this unique ride and challenge. This year, we will again donate all proceeds from this event to two wildlife charities that are very important to the local residents and the region. The event will be run by volunteers of the Victoria Falls community working towards wildlife conservation & education.
The three days of riding will follow a similar route to 2017 but with several refinements in an effort to increase the single track distance and improve the overall experience.
Day 1 will see all riders start alongside the Matetsi River. Single track, riverbed crossings, jeep track and wildlife areas will wind the riders about 80 kms back to Vic Falls.
Day 2 will give riders the one and only chance to ride through the Zambezi National Park in 2018! A fantastic privilege for all the riders. As an added safety precaution, this route will be ridden in seeded groups and led by cycle leaders. All riders will receive the same time for this day. There will be a slow, intermediate and advanced groups available.
Day 3 is all about single track, the gorge and the Zambezi below the Victoria Falls. You’ll literally be riding on the edge of the gorge at times!
This year the Zambezi Cycle Challenge will see the first compulsory stops. Day 1 and Day 2 will have at least one compulsory stop at scenic points so that participants can stop, absorb and enjoy some of the views without losing any time to your competitors.
With a limited number we can accept, last years field will get a few days head start to register and thereafter it will be on a first come first serve for the registrations received with payments. Registration will open on the 15th February 2018.
Registration dates for the Zambezi Cycle Challenge 2016
If we are anything to go by, you will probably have returned from the Xmas break a few kilos heavier, and not as fit and fast as you were before the festivities! They say a good break is good for you, so now it’s time to get back on the bike, and get back into form to enjoy those events you have set out to complete this year.
A reminder that the Zambezi Cycle Challenge dates for 2016 are 8th -10th July!!!
The format of this years’ event will be pretty much the same as last year: Three days of cycling through the Parks and forestry surrounding the Vic Falls region. The field will remain at a size that will ensure the personalised aspect that last year’s participants enjoyed.
We have started marking out a new track for Day 1 and you will all be pleased that there is no sand at all and a lot more single track!
Registration dates for last years’ participants will open on the 1st February and new participants can register from the 1st of March.
It seems that last years’ event has raised a lot of interest and we have had a lot of new riders calling to register! We therefore urge all riders from last year to get your registration in asap if you wish to return. If we have not received your application forms, indemnities and entry fees by end of Feb, new entries will be considered on a first come first serve.
Unfortunately our website crashed and is in the process of being redone. We will have it back up for you with all the necessary info next week.
We have kept our entry fee at $325 per person for this year and this will include:
Dinner at Opening Briefing on the evening of 7th July
Final Prize Dinner on the 10th July
Transport for riders and bikes to start points and dinner venues
We have been trying to renegotiate packages that will take into consideration the weakened rand and will send these to you and have them available on the website as well by early next week
We look forward to seeing you all in Vic Falls in July.