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Pumping Legs for Water

Virtual Ride - over the month of August 2021

Riders during the 2017 Pumping Legs for Water event in Hwange, Zimbabwe

Riders during the 2017 event

The Pumping Legs for Water event began more than 10 years ago, after the country received meagre rains and there was a desperate need for water sources for the wildlife in Hwange National Park. It was organised by Wildlife & Environment Zimbabwe, with support from Zimbabwe National Parks & Wildlife Management.

Every year after that, more than 100 mountain bikers from all over the country and the world come together in Hwange, and ride for two days in order to raise funds to develop and maintain the pumps and waterholes in the park. For more detailed information about this event, visit What Pumping Legs for Hwange is About.

This year, the riders can take part around the world in a virtual 150km ride on- or off-road throughout the month of August.

To slow down the spread of covid-19, riders are advised not to congregate and to keep with the WHO guidelines of social distancing. Remember, this is not a race. Ride casually and safely.

It is important to note that this two day ride is not a race! It is casual riding but still a test of endurance. Hwange is a wildlife area and that is partly why the escort vehicles include game rangers as well.

Registration for Pumping Legs for Water

Registration for participants in the main ride includes:

• Meals
• Refreshments at water points
• Participation package with riding shirt, medal, and certificate
• Basic first aid, if needed
• Services of escort/support services

Riders are responsible for:

• Hwange National Parks fees
• Transport to and from Hwange
• Riding gear and equipment

Registration has begun and will close on 29th June 2021. To register for this event and get information on accommodation and requirements, visit the website.

Children

The ride in Hwange National Park is for children under 10 years of age, but they are welcome to participate in the virtual ride. Riders under the age of 16 must ride with a parent.



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