Livingstone MTB Epic
Livingstone MTB EPIC
POSTPONED – It is with deep regret that we announce the rescheduling of the second Livingstone MTB Epic to a date in 2021. We have decided to postpone our event as a result of challenges arising from Covid-19 on a number of our entrants. Another deciding factor is increased elephant activity on our routes which is a safety concern. We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience caused to all our stakeholders. Please look out for more announcements on this website and on our facebook page.
Race day schedule
Two days before the event
5:00PM: Event entry closes
One day before the event
5:00 PM – 7: 00 PM : Race registration and collection of race packs
6:00 AM: Race briefing and start
7:00 PM: Prize giving
8:00 PM: After party
Starting from the Royal Mukuni Resort at the Royal Mukuni Village, there are two routes, one of 23kms and the other of around 40kms.
We all start together and the routes have a mix of sand, gravel, some short sections of tar and wind through villages with single and double track routes. The longer route goes out to Ngandu Village passing through other villages on bush tracks and passing through some black cotton soil areas which will be challenging if it has rained. The route turns into the bush from the village, down a steep and rocky descent (ride with extreme caution) off the ridge and passing through a gentle valley and then a sandy climb up to Mukuni Village and the finish at the Royal Mukuni Resort.
The routes are fast and flowing and with only the one section on the longer route which is particularly technical and the 23kms route is suitable for riders of all ages and abilities.
We shall be passing through Mopane forest so be cautious of elephant although DNPW scouts will be stationed at points to ensure your safety. Please follow all instructions from the scouts and if instructed to stop, or even return on the route to a place of safety, please do so. This is for your own safety and to avoid any animal/human interaction.
The 23kms will have one water point and another two water points on the longer route.
GPX files of the routes will be posted on our website and on our WhatsApp group in the week running up to the event. The routes will also have some markers and marshals will be stationed at critical points (particularly where the two routes split) but please use a GPS and make a note of the emergency numbers which will be supplied in your race pack in case you lose the route and get lost or if there is a medical emergency and need help
Do you have unanswered questions?
Read our FAQ’s to see if your question is there. If not, get in touch with us through out contact page.
No helmet, no ride.
You will be required to sign an indemnity form before collecting your race pack.
Be respectful of other riders on the course. If they want to pass you, give them space. If you want to pass them, say “on your left” or “track,” and wait for them to let you pass.
Shortcutting the course will disqualify you from receiving prizes.
Be aware of your surroundings— there are elephants and other wildlife in the area. If you encounter dangerous wildlife, get to a safe place and wait for the sweep vehicle.
There will be water points along the route, make sure you bring enough water and food to get to each one. We recommend drinking 1 litre of water every hour, and eating a bite of food every 40 mins.
There will be sweep vehicles, in case you need to get help or drop out.
The course & schedule is subject to change up to the day before the race, but we will keep riders updated on our Facebook page.
We will provide emergency contact information in the race packet at registration— please bring your cell phone with you and input the contact details the day before.
If you have tubes in your tires, we recommend switching to tubeless to avoid punctures.
The event will adhere to all Covid -19 regulations as prescribed by the Government of the Republic of Zambia.
FAQ’s for Cycling
What type of bike can I use?
We obviously recommend the use of a mountain bike for an off-road ride. These are stronger and more durable to the difficult terrain. Hybrid bikes are also welcome, but we do not recommend the use of road bikes at these events.
How far is a 'ride'?
The event offers a variety of distances determined only by your will. What are you made of? Please note that there will be an age cap on the longer distances.
How much food should I take with me on a ride?
Not much, that’s because our support team will feed you. You are encouraged to bring your own secret formula – whatever makes your wheels turn!
Do I need to know how to fix a puncture?
Ideally yes. It may be worth learning the basics. Most of the time it’s better to carry a spare inner tube and change that if you get a puncture while out on a ride. Our support team will help you if you have any complications. It’s also important to make sure that your tyres are checked and correctly inflated before you go out.
I’m finding it difficult to stick to my training schedule. Will I manage the course?
Yes! The course should be manageable for any regular cyclist. It is still important to train for the distance you are entering. We highly recommend sticking to a decent training schedule, especially if you intend to be competitive. Ready to train now, right?
Do I really need to stretch?
Stretching allows you to maintain a full range of movement in the muscles and helps to prevent injury. It’s key to do this after your bike ride. If the session has been intense or if it’s been very cold, it’s better to stretch after you’ve warmed up. It’s also important to warm up before you start cycling, not doing this can lead to pulled muscles.