ELEPHANT EPIC 2020
SUPPORTING WILDLIFE CONSERVATION IN ZAMBIA
PHYSICAL RACE INFORMATION
Physical Race Entry Fees
Early Bird: Juniors USD$45 | Adults USD$75
After 5th August: Juniors USD$55 | Adults USD$100
Riders will receive
Membership to the EPIC Riders Club to provide encouragement, support and MTB knowledge sharing via the Elephant EPIC closed Facebook Group
Entry into a lucky draw
A digital Elephant EPIC Challenge Certificate of participation in recognition of your contribution towards wildlife conservation including your race time and result
A complimentary digital Elephant EPIC Elephant Adoption! To follow an elephant orphan on their journey of rehabilitation for 1 year
Access to the EPIC MTB Technical Team to support with all MTB related issues
Race Number Board
Rider Goody Pack (inc. sanitiser and mask)
Access to Refreshments and Snacks at Water Stations with support personnel, music and bike spares
Lunch and drink at Finish Line
Digital Photo Finish images – plus en route images where possible
First Aid support en route and at the Finish Line
Opportunity to join in with guided EPIC Warm Up Rides as advertised (all within COVID-19 regulations)
Fastest - Mens, Womens, Junior, Team
Spirit of the Ride - the rider who most demonstrated the ethos of the event in supporting other riders
EPIC rider - the rider who has experienced the biggest challenge to complete the event
Five years in the saddle - all those riders who have completed 5 EPICS
Truly EPIC - the rider who makes the largest fundraising contribution
Please note there will be no prize giving ceremony at the finish line due to the requirement for all participants to move on swiftly after completing the race. A Virtual prize giving ceremony will be held to acknowledge the winners of the various categories, the incredible support from the sponsors and all race participants. Details of this will be issued nearer the event.
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.
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, and meal and accommodation vouchers, will be available for collection at race registration on Thursday 27th August between 07:30 – 15:00hrs at The Deli, Leopards Hill, Lusaka. Please ensure you are wearing a mask when collecting your Race Packs.
Located approx. 24.2km past the Leopards Hill Boom along the Leopards Hill Road. On the left side of the road at the entrance to Hachonda Farm. This is the same start location as 2019 and is just 690m before the two red oxide cell towers (the start location of previous years). You will not miss the signage for ‘Elephant Epic START’ and set up.
Start time is 06:30hrs 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 06:15 by an experienced rider reminding you how to stay safe on the trail and then the horn will blow at 06:30 sharp. NB. The time has been brought forward due to the time of the year.
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.
Please note that we will not be providing transport to the Start line, or back to Lusaka this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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 in each support vehicle, with professional medical support provided by ERZ 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. This year, all riders will be required to carry a mask and sanitiser. Please see COVID-19 Regulations for more information on how to stay safe.
The Finish - Kiambi Lodge, Lower Zambezi
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Finish of the race will not be the usual social event this year. Riders will still cycle into Kiambi Lodge grounds to be welcomed by the breathtaking Zambezi River, and there will be refreshments, lunch, first aid, shower facilities and access to the swimming pool to help riders recover from the ride. However, we will not encourage riders or their supporters to remain in the campgrounds for long, and will need to ensure there is a through-flow of movement and that social distancing is adhered to.
For all participants staying over, Kiambi Lodge will be operating river cruises, fishing and game drives throughout. There are many other nearby accommodation options in the Lower Zambezi, and we encourage those not staying at Kiambi to make the most of their time at the River by enjoying a weekend in the Lower Zambezi. Please see a full list of nearby accommodation options!
The Elephant Epic is a mountain bike race for everyone - whilst it covers a distance of 73.5km, which is no short cycle ride, it is an achievable ride for a range of abilities. In 2019 the completion times varied from 2hrs 30mins up to 7hrs. 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 touch ride, but it can also be a very fun and team-building experience when ridden in a group.
There is a limit of 8 participants per team, but for your team to qualify at the Finish, the following rules apply:
Four members of a team must cross the finish line within 1 minute of each other (to evidence they have ridden together)
The team finish time will be recorded when the 4th team member crosses the finish line
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!