Elephant Epic training loop

Overview

Yes, I know we should be tapering the week before the Elephant epic. I know it will do the race no good to do a long and hard training the week before. However, the people joining the training have no chance to win the epic anyway (hence no intention to try) and it is just great fun to do a long ride in the escarpment!! We all just go to bed really early for the rest of the week, wear our compression socks every day and pray for a quick recovery.

This loop is focused on making kilometers and is therefore a mixture of jeep tracks and single-tracks with only two long hills. Having said that, these hills named “That’s what she said” (long and steep) and “the creeper” (long and rocky) are very challenging. There’s only a few of us able to ride them all the way. The views from “That’s what she said” are very rewarding and it’s downhill is one of the better ones of the escarpment…

Guides
Craig, Martijn, Hubert

Stats
Length 72 km
Ascent 800m
Difficulty: moderate/tough (length!)
Starting point: Alain’s place ( 15°29’11 South,  28°26’25 East)
Type: Circuit

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

Map

Epic_training

Photos
Eastward view from the top of “That’s what she said”

That’s what she said

View into Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney

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.

Guides
N/A

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’)

Google Earth File (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.

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)

Map Image

Google Earth KML File

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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…)

Photos

Independence Day Ride 2012

Independence Day Ride 2012 - the top of water pump hill

Taking a break at the top of water pump hill

Map

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

Map

 

 

 

 

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…

Guides
N/A

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

Track

M’gushi Dam Race

Map