The Lost Loop (Reverse)

The lost loop ride
Overview
This is a great trail, an out and back along the Chifwema Road with a lovely single track loop that has some of the best track in this area. Nothing too difficult technically, some great downhills and rolling track and the loop can be done either way. The route attached is a reverse of our more regular rides here, starting the loop first means a tough climb out at the end. It can get a tad overgrown in the rainy season but not hard to find the way.

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Stats
Length: 45km
Elevation Gain: 702m
Difficulty: moderate
Starting point: Chifwema Road
Type: Circuit

Track: Tues 12th March Rev LL (right click ‘save link as’)

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Dos Rios (Pump Up Version)

Overview
This is a fantastic route that showcases the best of the escarpment rides, the great sweeping descent and single track to the two rivers (hence Dos Rios) and the gradual and very manageable re-ascent to the Pump with plenty of great track and views in between. It is not a hard ride, about 3 hours of pedal time, and plenty of options to reduce or extend as you go, this one started from a private house but anywhere along the Chifwema Road would be fine.

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Stats
Length: 46km
Elevation Gain: 453m
Difficulty: moderate
Starting point: Chifwema Road
Type: Circuit

Track
Track in GPX format (right click – save link as)

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Google Earth KML File

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Elephant Epic to Lower Zambezi

Overview
This route was the inaugural Elephant Epic, a fundraising ride for Game Rangers International. The route starts at the junction to the Mikango Barracks down Leopard’s Hill Road and finishes at Kiambi Lodge on the Lower Zambezi. The track is a mix of dirt road and jeep track, occasionally quite rough in places but not too technical. We had 2 water points along the route and you must take ample food and water if doing this without backup, a chase vehicle is highly recommended. Whilst the overall route is a descent into the Zambezi valley, there is one tough climb approx 40km into the route with a steep descent on the far side into the sandy soils of the river valley. You will obviosuly need transprot back to Lusaka from Kiambi.

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Stats
Length: 76.5km
Ascent: 430m
Difficulty: tough
Starting point: Mikango Barracks Junction, Leopard’s Hill Road
Type: A to B

Track

Elephant Epic

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Pump Down, Creeper Up

Overview
This is a great and not too difficult loop of the escarpment terrain. Thje descent is via the fun filled Pump Down route, cross country to the Pitcher’s Mound and then regaining the height via the steady and rewarding single track of the Creeper. A fast, flat stage along the middle plateau follows then a final push back on the Escarpment Path and home to the PX. Nothing too technical but start early and take adequate water!

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Stats
Length: 47km
Ascent: 453m
Difficulty: moderate
Starting point: Polocrosse Club
Type: Loop

Track

Pump Down Creeper Up

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Photos – Single Track of the Creeper

Route of the 2012 Mulungushi Dam MTB Race

Overview
This route was the 44km race route of the 2012 Mulungushi Dam Race. It was a FANTASTIC trail with all the terrain Zambia can offer, great forest single track, flat fast bush trails, river crossings and the rest! The start and finish are from the Mulungushi Dam Boat Club – they have a beautiful spot on the waters edge with private and rented accommodation available…

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Stats
Length: 44km
Elevation Gain: 457km
Difficulty: moderate / tough
Starting point: Mulungshi Boat Club – Bell Tower
Type: Loop

Track

M’gushi Dam Race

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The Creeper

Overview
So called because of the steady, gradual climb that creeps up the escarpment in contrast to the short, sharp pull of Profanity Hill, this route is a taxing and longer loop of the valley floor below the escarpment off the Chifwema Road. The start and middle sections are nice and easy, flat or downhill with the odd river crossing or two. Once at the Pitchers Mound, turn right and head away from Profanity Hill following some awesome single track back up the escarpment. The final pull up to the height of the start takes in the brutal Hamburger Hill, so called because completing it justifies mass hamburger consumption before long and rolling ridge ride drops you back onto the Chifwema Road. HH is a tough bike hike, not for the faint of heart or limb. This route has been cleaned up a bit and comes in at 57km. Take plenty of food and water. Incidentally, if you do run out of water in this area, pumps can be found at 99% of the schools, often found on one of the more substantial paths.

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Stats
Length: 57km
Ascent: 689m
Difficulty: tough
Starting point: Polocrosse Club
Type: Loop

Track

The Creeper

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