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FNB 1Zambia MTB Race

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Event type:
MTB Stage
Entries open:
Event dates:
1 Jun 2019 - 3 day event
± 19 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
Flying Eagle Events Ltd
Race Director:

FNB 1Zambia MTB Stage Race

FNB 1Zambia MTB Race

The FNB 1Zambia MTB Race is well on its way to being recognised as one of the most spectacular and wild mountain bike stage races in Africa. Riders will be navigating over more than 230km of scenic terrain while passing through rolling hills, ancient brachystegia forests and crystal clear streams for a magnificent finish on the mighty Zambezi River. The route is brimming with unexplored routes in the African bush with a chance to appreciate nature in absolute solitude. Add it all together and riders can look forward to a unique experience in the African mountain bike scene.

Teams of 2 take on a 3 day mountain bike stage race following hilly village footpaths and remote escarpment jeep tracks via GPS through rural tribal bushland for a truly African finish on the banks of the Zambezi River. We are targeting all mountain bike enthusiasts with a taste for fresh adventure and the unknown!

Lilayi Lodge – Chilanga Escarpment – Lilayi Lodge
With approx. 67km of mostly single track with steep and technical climbs such as Profanity Hill ; exhilarating downhills like Rabbit Nose Dropin and beautiful panoramic views of the surrounding valleys from the top of 360 degrees. Your single track awaits…

Lilayi Lodge – Nankanga Hill – Lilayi Lodge
With approx 70km of mostly fast flowing jeep track passing by the landmark Nankanga Hill and breathtaking river crossing and lush landscape of the Hidden Forest.

Lilayi Lodge – Zambezi Escarpment Descent – Kiambi Lodge
On the banks of the Lower Zambezi with approx 100km of fast flowing single track and jeep track passing through the seemingly never ending Flow Rider; an isolated Solo-man’s Crossing; panoramas of Spot the Goat; and daunting final climb to the top of the infamous Mother in Law to reach the very top of the Zambezi escarpment. Please train as we want everyone to enjoy and of course finish with a cold one on the Zambezi River!

Weather conditions


Season: Winter

Route Information



Single track village footpaths linking to cattle & goat paths. Short steep climbs. Rolling hills. Remote valleys.

Technical Rating: 7

Stage details

Lilayi Lodge – Chilanga Escarpment - Lilayi Lodge
Lilayi Lodge – Nankanga Hill - Lilayi Lodge
Lilayi Lodge – Zambezi Escarpment Descent – Kiambi Lodge

Entry Fee details

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Race reviews
For the foreign riders they will definitely remember the 1Zambia as a wild ride with many many kilometers of unmanicured single track taking them through areas that are really remote and the sense of isolation out there is real and does heighten your senses....[read more]
Check out the cool picture story by Craig McKune....
You have to watch all the YouTube highlights videos of Days 1-3 produced by Dropkick Media!
“The trip to Zambia to ride the FNB 1ZAMBIA MTB was truly memorable and will definitely remain as a highlight amongst all my adventure travels and experiences, I will be back.” – Adrian Saffy
Renay Groustra - AKA "Tablemountainbiker" reviews his FNB 1ZMTB experience in the mixed category with his partner Amy Burton

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