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.

Guides
N/A

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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Independence Day 2012

Overview
This ride was followed on Zambia’s Independence Day 2012. It’s a great ride with two significant decents and accents with some plateau riding in the middle. If you go around this route in a clockwise direction, as we did, you will ride down the infamous ‘Profanity Hill’. I’ve walked up ‘Profanity Hill’ twice – pushing two bikes on one occasion – so doing it this way around was a great improvement. In the valleys it is very hot so start early and take plenty of water. We started at 7am and I got through 3 litres of water.

Guides
Matt Morely if you can get him! Matt knows this area very well and can advise on alternative routes along the way.

Stats
Length 47.8km
Ascent 620m
Descent: 620m
Difficulty: moderate/tough (as assessed by an inexperinced 56 year old!)
Starting point: Lat: -15.486265 Long: 28.440694
Type: Circuit

Track
Track in GPX format Independence Day 2012.gpx (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

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Independence Day Ride 2012

Independence Day Ride 2012 - the top of water pump hill

Taking a break at the top of water pump hill

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Independence Ride

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!

Guides
N/A

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

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.

Guides
N/A

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

Track

The Creeper

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Chifwema Road Extension 2

Overview
This is a mixed terrain trail about 60/40 jeep track to wide footpath / single track. There are some great descents (with corresponding climbs) and some good views off the escarpment and down towards the Lower Zambezi. Technically there are a few tricky bits but generally nothing too severe, take plenty of water and some food to recharge for the climbs and allow 4 hours or so.

Guides
N/A

Stats
Length: 52.5km
Elevation Gain/Loss: 630m
Difficulty: moderate
Starting point: Leopards’s Hill Polocrosse
Type: Circuit

Track
Chif Road Ext 2 (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

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Chifwema Road Extension

Overview
This route actually was mapped from a start and finish in Kabulonga, (hence the longer distance) but could easily be started from either Oxygym or the Leopard’s Hill Polo X Club. It starts along the line of the Chifwema Road which can be tedious when very dry but then diverts off into two loops, the smallest and furthest of which has some great trails before leading back to hardpacked village trails and a route back to the main Chifwema Road with plenty of option to vary en route. Take plenty of water and food.

Guides
N/A

Stats
Length: 87km
Elevation Gain and Loss: 716m
Difficulty:tough
Starting point: Recommended either Oxygym or LH PX
Type: Circuit

Track
Chifwema Road Extension (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

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Lusaka Leg Stretch Loop

Overview
Been off the bike for a bit and needing to stretch those legs again? This is a nice and easy route that has a bit of everything but mostly some good, long sections of dirt road to help put some KMs back into your muscles! Nothing technical, some nice sections in the Forest Reserve and back along the Leopards Hill Road power lines with mostly good dirt road in between and some rolling hills towards the end.

Guides
N/A

Stats
Length 54km
Elevation Gain: 652m
Elevation Loss: 603m
Difficulty: easy
Starting point: Oxygym Car Park, Leopard’s Hill Road – smile nicely at the guards and they’ll let you park!
Type: Circuit

Track
Track in GPX format: Leg Stretch Loop (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

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Kasanka Challenge Route 2012

Overview
This is the route of the annual 56k (or so!) Kasanka MTB Challenge, now in its second year. It is a great fast, flat track through some lovely bush, villages and a swamp. There is some awesome single track, some sandy jeep track and a tiny bit of tar (boo!) to finish on. For those who want to visit Kasanka at other times of the year, take your bikes, the staff there would be glad to help point you in the right direction!

Guides:
Contact Ernst at Wasa Camp via the Kasanka Trust Website if you want any guidance.

Stats
Length 56km
Elevation Gain / Loss: 207m

Difficulty: easy

Starting point: Conservation Education Centre, Kasanka National Park, Luaplula Province
Type: Circuit

Track: Kasanka Challenge (to get this file on to your PC, right-click on the link and select Save As…)

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