NAIROBI, Kenya-Celebrated local cyclist, David Kinja, is out to defend his title in the 10-4 Mountain Bike Race in the slopes of Mount Kenya this weekend.
The 10-time national champion says he has prepared well for the mountaineering showdown that runs on Friday and Saturday.
“This a particular event I enjoy so much since it has routes designed to challenge the most enthusiastic mountain bike riders as well as those wanting a fun day out.
“Besides working to defend my title, I will be encouraging upcoming cyclist to keep going and pass my favourite motivation line, cycling is not hard, one needs a lot of training and hard work and experience to them,” Kinja offered.
Susie Weeks, the Executive Director of Mount Kenya Trust and event organiser is delighted with the encouraging entry numbers.
“So far, over 400 competitors have confirmed participation and winners will be awarded cash prizes along with bike merchandise, ”she added.
Participants from the USA, SA, Mauritius, Spain, Netherlands, Canada, Norway, Tanzania, Ireland, Belgium, Japan, NZ, Switzerland, France, Australia and Germany will join the home cyclists to vie for honours.
“The routes for all the races meander through local farms and conservancies, so the main challenges we face are wild animals crossing paths with those taking part,” Weeks added.
“However, we have experienced teams to work on the security of all those taking part to reduce the risk of this happening,” the organiser assured.
The race is Kenya’s ultimate Mountain Bike Safari, held annually since 2002 when a small group of enthusiastic mountain bikers cycled from 10,000ft above sea level down to 4,000ft.