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Migration Gravel Race — the wildest gravel event in the world

Laurens ten Dam

Migration Gravel Race — the wildest gravel event in the world

Road Cycling Collection by Laurens ten Dam

4

Tours

21:40 h

364 mi

22,750 ft

This extraordinary event is inspired by the 'great migration' of animals crossing Kenya. The Migration Gravel Race blends riding and safari: and gravel riders cross the same rivers and steppes as giraffes, zebras, wildebeest and elephants. A unique event that the Live Slow Ride Fast team, consisting of Thomas Dekker, Stefan Bolt, Dennis Bruin and myself, could not miss.

This race is a multi-day, semi-supported race through one of the most famous national parks in the world, the Maasai Mara in Kenya. The 650 km (404 mi) route takes in single tracks, technical trails, red clay roads and hard pack gravel. At an average altitude of 1,900 metres (6,234 ft), participants cycle for four days through Maasai villages, plains, rivers, mountains and savannahs abundant in wildlife. Along the way, there are supply points and rangers who secure the area.

The gravel race is organised by AMANI-Projects, an organisation breaking down barriers for East African cyclists who often encounter many bottlenecks when it comes to participating in international cycling competitions. AMANI wants to make the sport more inclusive and accessible for men, women and children.

Proceeds from the Migration Gravel Race will go to Kenyan Riders – Kenya's largest elite cycling team – which in turn will enable them to house, train and develop the current and next generation of athletes from their clubhouse in Iten, Kenya.

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Migration Gravel Race

358 mi

19,800 ft

19,800 ft

Last updated: December 10, 2021

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  • Stage 1: Migration Gravel Race – The Wildest Gravel Race in the World

    04:48
    75.5 mi
    15.7 mph
    3,925 ft
    3,150 ft

    Even though the first day was shortened by 40 kilometers due to a regional covid lockdown, it was a very tough first day. Rocky roads, lots of flat tires and headwind all day. Even the bus turned out to need two tire changes during the course reconnaissance the day before. I compared the road with the

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  • 07:07
    108 mi
    15.1 mph
    10,325 ft
    9,525 ft

    The queen ride. No flat tires this time, but a 50 kilometer climb that quickly separated four leaders from the pack. After the climb followed a piece of singletrack of no less than 100 kilometers. It was like a sort of scavenger hunt, where you had to keep a close eye on the GPS to see if you were still

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  • 04:34
    80.8 mi
    17.7 mph
    3,925 ft
    5,125 ft

    What should have been a quiet day on paper turned out differently when my competitor Ian decided to pick up the pace a bit. Soon there was only a group of five or six riders left.

    

    With 50 kilometers to go, I got a flat tire on the descent. Fortunately I was able to fix my tire quickly and had to chase

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  • 05:11
    99.9 mi
    19.3 mph
    4,550 ft
    4,900 ft

    The last day was a 160 kilometer stage right through the Maasai Park. The morning was magical, with a large herd of wildebeest passing the riders in the early morning sun. Although every rider was physically through it with back problems, everyone seemed to be enjoying this day the most.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    364 mi
  • Duration
    21:40 h
  • Elevation
    22,750 ft

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