Mount Kenya '10 to 4' Mountain Bike Challenge
The MOUNT KENYA ‘10 TO 4’ MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGE is a unique event via spectacular wildlife rich forests and bush habitats, wheat farms and settlements. The event raises funds for one of Kenya’s most vital water sources, wildlife and forest habitats.
Starting at 10,000 ft on the Mt. Kenya moorlands and forests above Timau on the boundary of the Mount Kenya National Reserve the route descends through farms, villages and smallholdings, the Ngare Ndare forest, ranch land and conservation areas, and finally to the Ngare Ndare River near Borana Lodge at about 4,500ft. The main event or the EPIC is approximately 70km and is for very fit cyclists and professionals who want an exciting challenge that includes uphill sections with several tough climbs and diverse, sometimes rough terrain. The RUSH is a 50km event for mid level cyclists who still want a really excellent challenge, and finally there is the SLIDE which is approximately 35 km and ideal for those who want to enjoy a fun down hill ride. There are just a few gentle brows to climb, and this event is largely aimed at families and cyclists who are new to mountain biking or just keen to take in the breathtaking views without the challenging climbs.
The Mount Kenya ‘10 to 4’ has become the one of the most popular mountain bike events in Africa. Featured on Super Sport in 2006 and Transworld Sport in 2007 and 2008, the event has secured International appeal. The downhill mountain bike event now has several course levels tailored to meet the needs of all cyclists. The unique event is organised by the Bill Woodley Mt. Kenya Trust with support from the Born Free Foundation and several Kenyan volunteers, to raise funds for the Mount Kenya Trust’s conservation efforts on Mount Kenya and community schools and projects in the area.
There are several fabulous safari options on offer for people outside of East Africa. The 10 to 4 website www.10to4.org has all the details and entry forms and lists these options but you can also write to firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. For those wishing to participate from the UK, Tusk Trust can take your sponsorship and donations on our behalf. Just log on to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/10to4 or http://www.justgiving.com/the10to4 once you have started fundraising!
Funds raised by the event have been dedicated to the following projects and vital resources:
• Community Elephant Fencing Projects
• Reafforestation on Mount Kenya
• Educational projects on Mount Kenya
• Wildlife conservation on Mount Kenya
• The Borana Education Trust
• Upgrading of school facilities for 5 schools close to the race route
• Assistance with the purchase of the Trust’s Ford Ranger, Suzuki and Motorbike
• Assistance for KWS vehicle maintenance costs
Various Sponsorship opportunities are available; a detailed sponsorship document is now available. The Mount Kenya Trust or Tusk Trust can provide this document as well as a more detailed information sheet and entry forms. Please contact Susie Weeks for more information.