Ngong Cycle Challenge – held twice a year, the race seeks to bring together cycling enthusiasts for across the country to compete for top honors through the grueling Ngong Forest situated in Nairobi.
Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary located six kilometers from the city centre of Nairobi is a gently rolling topography characterized by indigenous trees or and open grassy areas. Unfortunately, the forest has faced encroachment and human degradation from the newly constructed Southern Bypass and therefore the race seeks to raise Kshs. 60 Million to fence the forest and create cycling, running and walking trails within the forest.
It is from this background that forest managers Ngong Road Forest Association, Ngong Forest Sanctuary Trust and Kenya Forest Service have come together with H&A Sports to save the forest through a three year initiative. The initiative seeks to raise funds that will go towards fencing all the five sections of Ngong Forest covering a total of 42KM. The funds will also see the creation of safe recreational facilities such security outposts, picnic sites, running and cycling trails within the forest. The investment in these facilities will not only conserve the forest for future generations but create sustainable sources of revenue for the surrounding communities leading to economic empowerment.
The Mountain Bike challenge will be open to all cyclists will be open to the public and will be broken down as follows Family Fun – 5km, Individual Adventure – 15km, Corporate Adventure – 15km and Pro Challenge 30km.