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Zambezi Cycle Challenge

The Zambezi Cycle Challenge is a fulfilling and exciting 3 day tour all for a good cause



The ZCC poster for the 2016 event


2015 Cycle Challenge participant by the Zambezi gorges

The Zambezi Cycle Challenge is a fitting event for conservationists as well as those who seek a thrilling and challenging cycling activity in Victoria Falls.

It is a fundraising event which aims to raise funs in order to preserve the wellbeing of Victoria Falls and the surrounding environment. To read more about the beneficiaries of this event, click here.

"Teams will be required to be made up of at least two members, but the race organisers will consider single applicants for as long as they agree to be grouped with other cyclists of a similar ability."

Packages are available in three categories (according to the type of accommodation selected - Bronze, Silver and Gold). Supporters are also catered for with three types of packages that include flights from Johannesburg, or packages for accommodation only.

Add on a few days and enjoy Helicopter flights, Canoeing, Rafting, Elephant back safaris or for the wild at heart some gorge swinging or bungee jumping. Packages are available through us.

The three day stage event will cover a distance of between 50 to 80 kms each day

Day 1
On this day, the challenge begins about 40km south of Victoria Falls along the Bulawayo Road, and riders will work their way back to Victoria Falls. The route goes through old hunting tracks, elephant paths and along the banks of the Masue River all the way back to Victoria Falls.

Day 2
On day 2, the route stats about 40 kms on the Kazungula Road (the road which takes you to the border with Botswana). Riders cycle back to Victoria Falls along the Westwood Vlei and then through the Zambezi National Park and along the Zambezi River.

Day 3
This day's route begins about 30 kms out of Victoria Falls town, below and downstream of the falls themselves. The route on this final day will be mostly single track and technically challenging as it takes riders back towards Victoria Falls along the Batoka Gorge with spectacular views of the Zambezi River way below and the Victoria Falls as they approach the finish. They will literally be riding on the edge on several occasions on this stage.

You will find diagrams of the routes for all three cycling days here.

Registration

Registration opened on the 1st February and new participants can register from the 1st of March, 2016.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 | July 7th

The registration desk will be open at Elephant Hills Hotel from 14.00hrs and then move to the Victoria Falls Boat Club at 17.00hrs. There will be shuttles from the Elephant Hills Hotel to the Victoria Falls Boat Club from 16.30. You all need to be at the Pre Event Briefing at the Boat Club this evening to hear about the regulations and safety protocol!

Dinner and drinks are available after the briefing at the Boat Club and buses will shuttle riders back to Elephant Hills at the end of the evening. Most importantly for those who do not have their own transport to the start, please ensure that your bikes have been delivered to Elephant Hills before 16.30 and are put on the bike racks available to you, so that they are loaded on the trucks that will deliver them to the start the following morning.

The Hotels tranquil evergreen setting on the upper Zambezi River belies the might of the Victoria Falls just three kilometres away. The Elephant Hills Hotel Zimbabwe contains 276 luxury rooms, 11 executive suites, one deluxe suite and one presidential suite which are served by three restaurants and two bars, and the whole complex is expertly run by African Sun's dedicated staff.

Day 2 | 75 Kilometres | July 8th

Bikes will be loaded the night before and entrants will depart the hotel at 6 am. The road transfer will take approximately 40 minutes along the Bulawayo Road. We aim to start the Days ride at 7.15am. The 75 km route starts on a gravel road and after 2-3 kms will enter a single track for approximately 10 kms. Thereafter you will cross the Matetsi river and be on a double track for about 20 kms or so. You will then be on single track again and double track through wildlife areas and community reserves until you get to the final few kilometres on tar which will take you back to the finish at Elephant Hills Hotel.

Free afternoon at Leisure.

Meet at 18.30pm for a short motivational speech, Day 2 briefing followed by dinner for the Ele Hills residents and at a reduced cost for others not staying there. Make sure your bikes are delivered to Elephant Hills by 16.30hrs for loading if you do not have your own transport to get to the starting point for Day 2.

Day 3 | 70 Kilometres | July 9th

Your Bikes will be transported to the starting point which will be about 35kms from Vic Falls on the Kazungula Road. Riders will depart from Elephant Hills at 6.00 and the race will start once the safety marshalls have given their Ok.

The ride will immediately take us down into the Westwood Vlei and follow double and single tracks through the Matetsi private concession down to the Zambezi river and into the Zambezi National Park. From here the route follows the river with the odd loop inland on a combination of gravel, single and double track all the way to Elephant Hills Hotel.

Free afternoon at your own leisure.

Briefing for Day 3 at 18.30 hrs at Elephant Hills. Make sure your bikes are delivered to Elephant Hills by 16.30hrs for loading if you do not have your own transport to get to the starting point for Day 2.

Day 4 | 50 Kilometres | July 10th

The buses will leave the Hotel at 6 am and transfer you to today’s start, approximately 40kms downstream from the Victoria Falls themselves. It’s just about all single track and the most technically challenging day of the event. The start has a 3 km stretch on gravel before entering a gentle single track through the rural villages.

You will then enter the Wild Horizons National Park concession and enjoy a single track that is at times meandering and pleasant to technical and potentially dangerous. Interspersed regularly along this route are (some) breath taking views of the Zambezi river way below. As you approach the end of the ride, you will be greeted by the thunder and spray of the Victoria Falls before the final stretch to the Elephant Hills Hotel.

This afternoon is spent relaxing and soothing tired muscles before meeting at 3.30pm for transportation to the sundowner cruise. The cruise takes place on the river above the falls and lasts until just after sunset. The cruise drops us off at the gala dinner venue on the banks of the Zambezi where we will enjoy prize giving, dinner and drinks.

Day 5 - July 11th

Tour ends

 

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