See how a mountain bike race applies to Tanzania Community Development


A new video from Specialized highlights how the mountain biking community can give back.

It’s all too easy to see the countries we are adventuring in as just our playgrounds. But the communities and landscapes that host adventure athletes are full of real people living real life. That’s why “Soil Searching Tanzania: Keepers of the Land” is such a fascinating watch.

The video, above, shows the Grumeti Fund K2N (Kilimanjaro 2 Natron) mountain bike stage race – a tough 4-day event held in northern Tanzania. With about 14,000 feet of elevation gain spread over 170 miles of rugged African trails, this race is not for the faint of heart.

The course has hike-a-bike aplenty, towers (famous several times on the website), and singletrack designed by donkeys instead of professional trail builders.

The race acts as a fundraiser for Red Knot Developmenta non-profit for community development started by K2N race director Brett Harrison in 2019. Half of K2N profits go to wildlife conservation and community development in Tanzania.

Who can race?

No qualifications are required to race the K2N. It is an all-inclusive experience that includes 7 days and 6 nights accommodation, food, drinks, race transport, parking fees and insurance. Racers are expected to be in good health and take care of their own Tanzanian visas and air travel to and from Kilimanjaro Airport.

If responsible mountain biking adventure is your jam, we dare to check you out the video and then net start looking for flights to Tanzania. The solo entry fee is $ 2,395. There are several registration options available for teams, spectators, as well as those who want 100% of their race fee to go to community work in Tanzania.

Runtime: 6 minutes

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Andrew Marshall

By Andrew Marshall

Andrew Marshall is a writer, painter and photographer with work in web publications. Andrew lives, walks, bikes, paddles and shoots in the Tahoe Basin on the California / Nevada State Line. He is one of the few unapologetic cat people in the outdoor industry. You can find him on Instagram (@andrewmarshallimages) or Twitter (@pawn_andrew).

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