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FQM 1Zambia MTB Race

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Event type:
MTB Stage
Event dates:
5 Jun 2021 - 3 day event
± 7 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
Flying Eagle Events Ltd
Race Director:

First Quantum Minerals 1Zambia MTB Race

The FQM 1Zambia MTB is one wild African mountain bike stage race.  Riders navigate 250km 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 and a chance to appreciate nature in absolute solitude.  Added all together, the FQM 1Zambia MTB is definitely 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!

Stage 1 – Double Espresso
Lilayi Lodge – Chilanga Escarpment – Lilayi Lodge
Approx. 70km of mostly single track with steep and technical climbs such as The Wake up Call and Classic Rock; exhilarating downhills like Rabbit Nose Dropin; and beautiful panoramic views while traversing Glancealot.  2017 sees a completely revised stage.  Enter the unknown…

Stage 2 – The Nankanga Tour 
Lilayi Lodge – Nankanga Hill – Lilayi Lodge
Approx. 70km made up of some fast flowing single and jeep track all the way down to the periphery of the landmark Nankanga Hill;  Knuckle Sandwich and Home Bake Hill will remind you that you never trained hard enough and Endless Summer will remind you why you always want to keep coming back for more…

Stage 3 – Moments of Truth  
Lilayi Lodge – Zambezi Escarpment Descent – Kiambi Lodge
Approx. 105km journey which flies down the gullet of remoteness into Lonely Planet and Straight Forward single tracks dropping down to the Mukiwisi River.  Find a water point in the Middle of Nowhere, survive many Moments of Truth, and look out for cool air from the trails following the Kafue River as you push onward to the finish line on the banks of the Lower Zambezi.  You’ve just experienced something unique…

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Technical Rating: 7

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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