ELEPHANT EPIC 2020
SUPPORTING WILDLIFE CONSERVATION IN ZAMBIA
Race Registration and Packs
All entrants will be allocated a race number upon registration and payment. The EE team will remain in communication with entrants via email and ‘WhatsApp’ in the build-up to the race. Race packs, including race numbers, meal and accommodation vouchers, will be available for collection at race registration on Thursday 18th June between 07:30 – 15:00hrs at The Deli, Rhodes Park, Lusaka.
Warm up Rides
A succession of pre-event rides will be advertised in the weeks leading up to the Epic. These will be led by experienced cyclists who can guide a group through suitable tracks around Lusaka. These are a great way to get into the ‘Epic’ spirit and meet like-minded cyclists for enjoyable rides. Look out for notifications by Whatsapp/email /Facebook for dates, times and locations.
N.B. Game Rangers International and the designated ride leader accept no liability for participants during these warm up rides, riders participate at their own risk.
Located approx. 24.9km past the Leopards Hill Boom along the Leopards Hill Road. On the right hand side of the road there is an open space and two red oxide cell towers. You will not miss the signage for ‘Elephant Epic START’ and set up.
Start time is 07:00hrs so please arrive with plenty of time to ensure your bike is in order and you feel ready to go, there will be a Riders Brief at 06:45 by an experienced rider reminding you how to stay safe on the trail and then the horn will blow at 07:00 sharp.
The course follows a combination of tar road (24km) and jeep track along from Leopards Hill down the escarpment to the Lower Zambezi, ending on the Zambezi River at Kiambi Lodge and totals 73.5km.
A bus (limited seats) will be provided with trailer space for bikes if you require transport to the start of the race or returning from the finish back to Lusaka.
To the Start (Saturday 20th) pick-ups from:
Manda Hill (Manchinchi Rd entrance) at 05:00hrs
Cross Roads (Lake Rd entrance) 05:30hrs
From the Finish (Sunday 21st):
Leave Kiambi campgrounds 09:00 to Lusaka (ETA 13:00) - drop offs as necessary
Please indicate your transport requirements on the registration form as necessary and ensure you bring any strapping or protection for your bike during transport.
EE and GRI will ensure all measures are taken to safeguard bikes, however we will not be held responsible for any damage to bikes during transport.
There will be four water stations located throughout the course. Each will be manned by a friendly and enthusiastic team who will provide pick-me-ups in the form of pumping and motivational tunes, waters, energy drinks and light snacks. Rumour has it there will be cold beers available for social riders. There will also be limited supplies to support riders with technical challenges, but it is recommended that each rider carries their own bike repair kits throughout the race.
There will be a basic first aid kit located at each water station and there will be qualified First Aid Attendants moving throughout the course and stationed at the Finish. Each water station will have a communication system and there will be sweeper/support vehicles moving along with and coming behind the riders to provide support where needed. Please ensure you take your own safety precautions; carry sufficient water and energy snacks on you between race water stations and ensure you wear a helmet – entrants will not be permitted to take part in the event without a helmet.
The Finish - Kiambi Lodge, Lower Zambezi
Finish the race at Kiambi Lodge by relaxing in the campgrounds with stunning views over the majestic Zambezi River. There will be ‘soft play’ entertainment for children, access to the swimming pool, sports physiotherapists available for post-ride recovery and a post-cycle warm down yoga session. In the afternoon there will be a prize giving ceremony and music during the evening braai. Kiambi Lodge will also be operating river cruises throughout Saturday for those cyclists finishing in time and for spectators.
All race entrants will receive:
1. A complimentary breakfast bun and coffee before the race begins at the START
2. A complimentary braai bun and salad lunch at the FINISH
3. A complimentary evening potjie supper
Supporters and family can buy lunch and supper vouchers in advance, please indicate your supporters requirements on your registration form. Advance notice is essential to ensure we cater sufficiently for all.
On Sunday morning Kiambi Lodge will provide a cooked breakfast for all guests and campers who pre-book. Orders for these must be indicated on your registration form at an additional cost (USD$15pp).
Kiambi Lodge has a range of accommodation to suit all needs. All bookings must be coordinated by the Ele Epic team – this includes either using your own equipment or hiring the Kiambi/GRI 2 man-sleeper dome tents (complete with mattress and bedding). Kiambi have allowed Elephant Epic to utilise the full Lodge grounds for this event so families and early birds will have the opportunity to camp further away from the main campground where music will be playing in the evening until 9pm. Please note that there will be a strict music/noise curfew and after 9pm music will only be available inside the air-con bar.
Experience the Zambezi River
If you’re travelling all the way to the Lower Zambezi it’s ethically wrong not to experience the River! Kiambi have offered game-viewing boat cruises all throughout Saturday and Sunday at varying times. All EE cruises will be charged a discounted rate with prices relating to the uptake…the more, the merrier & cheaper! Please sign up with the Lodge upon arrival to make the most of your stay…
The Elephant Epic is a mountain bike race for everyone – whilst it covers a distance of 75km, which is no short cycle ride, it is an achievable ride for a range of abilities. In 2019 the completion times varied from 2hrs 28mins to over 7hrs 40mins. There is no time limit (provided you finish in the daylight) and this journey can be taken as fast and furious or as fun as you like. To this end we hope to see some more ‘Team entries’ signing up for 2020. We want to encourage entrants to stay together during the race and give each other the morale boost that is needed to complete this mountain biking challenge. The Epic might be a tough ride but it can also be a very fun and team building experience when ridden as a group.
There is a limit of 8 participants per team but for your team to qualify at the finish the following rules apply:
The Team finish time will be recorded when the 4th team member crosses the finish line
The first 4 members to cross the finish line must finish within 1 minute of each other
Sponsorship and Pledges
The Elephant Epic is now in its 10th year and whilst it hosts a fantastic mountain biking opportunity, it was established with the aim to raise the profile and essential funds for wildlife conservation in Zambia, with a particular focus in 2020 on the elephant orphans in the care of Game Rangers International. 2019 saw a record 186 cyclists start the race.! The whole event is pulled together through a bunch of dedicated volunteers and lots of very kind donations. But in true fundraising spirit we want 2020 to be even bigger and better and we would therefore like to request and encourage all participants to raise funds (in addition to paying their entry fees) to pledge to wildlife conservation in Zambia through the Elephant Epic fundraising event. Get sponsored by your friends and family, race on behalf of your company at a sponsorship cost, raise funds any-which-way you can…every kwacha counts! For ease your supporters can donate online via Paypal - please ensure they note who they are supporting so we can track your donations and credit you accordingly for this tremendous support.
Sponsor a Personalised sign en-route
Is there someone you know who has trained incredibly hard for the Epic, or perhaps overcome a personal challenge to complete it? Maybe you want to make someone laugh or even propose! It’s your chance to have a personal message and/or photo along the course. Make it funny, encouraging or even a surprise. Whatever it might be, for only ZMW1,000 we can make it happen and that’s extra money going to wildlife conservation!
Contact us at email@example.com!
Prizes and Awards
There will be a prize giving ceremony and race fines after the race, which will include a variety of race categories to cater for both the competitive racers (1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes for each category), as well as acknowledging team spirit and fundraising contribution to the event. In addition raffle tickets will be sold alongside the event with some incredible prizes to be won.