Have you ever wanted to be the first to conquer a feat or discover an uncharted place? Well, here's your chance to do just that, for cheap, while actually doing the world some good, on your mountain bike. (Plus, you'll be a movie star, thanks to Emmy award-winning filmmaker, Michael Brown.)
The Mountain Bike Ayiti Stage Race event starts January 30, 2013 and will be the first ever through a mountainous National Park in Haiti that is little known even to its own citizens. Participants will take part in ecosystem building projects during the first two days, then the next two days riding a total of about 85 miles across extreme terrain, then spend the last day celebrating Carnaval (the Southern Hemisphere's version of Mardi Gras) with the locals in the beach community of Jacmel.
IMBA staff, Chris Kehmeier, joined the scouting trip earlier this year and was blown away by the MTB potential, the beauty, and the warmth of the people. Editor of Elevation Outdoors, Jayme Moye, also joined that trip and had this to say about it in a recent issue of the magazine...
"The ridiculously steep climb out of the city and into the mountain villages has given way to a ridgeline that stretches as far as I can see, exposing a view of the Chaine de la Selle mountain range that makes me gasp out loud. Rust-colored rocky crags intermix with emerald green peaks, and valleys cut so deep it’s hard to believe anyone lives down there—but the foot paths tell me they do. Soft flowing singletrack zig-zags up and down the hillsides. I jam on the pedals, my legs moving faster as my eyes soak up the scenery. I never expected to find this in Haiti."
Also in the article she explains the motives of Philip Kiracofe, mastermind behind the event...
"With IMBA’s blessing (and the enthusiastic support of the Haitian government, including the President’s son and the Minister of Tourism), he’s moving forward with a race which could change the entire world’s perception of Haiti, and fuel an adventure tourism infrastructure in a country starved for economic development independent of handouts and NGO’s."
Registration opened last month with a handful of eager adventurers, including pro rider, Sonya Looney, at an exuberant launch event in Boulder. Don't miss your chance to be a part of history!
Check out more great photos of the route by Steve Zdawczynski here.