FQM 1Zambia MTB 2022
Fri 3 Jun - Sun 5 Jun 2022 @ Lusaka, Lusaka

Flying Eagle Events Ltd


The 1Zambia MTB race has become the highlight of the MTB calendar in Zambia, and the 7th edition will maintain all the features that make this race unique. Participants should look forward to the warm and friendly hospitality of the Zambian people as they take on the challenge of navigating over 250km of wild and remote trails via GPS; twisting through remote valleys; enjoying panoramic views; and finally finishing on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River for an unforgettable prize giving on a picturesque island. The 1Zambia MTB race sure is a unique experience in the African mountain bike scene. We haven’t found a race to compare it to yet…


Teams of 2 take on a 3 day mountain bike stage race following hilly village footpaths and remote escarpment jeep tracks via GPS through rural tribal bushland for a truly African finish on the banks of the Zambezi River. We are targeting all mountain bike enthusiasts with a taste for fresh adventure and the unknown.



1 Zambia MTB Self accommodation

  • ZAR14,400 per team
  • No Accommodation included at Lilayi or Lower Zambezi
  • Book Lower Zambezi accommodation for the Sunday night at checkout - camping, tent or chalet options available
  • Includes Stage 1, 2, 3 lunch
  • Includes Stage 3 boat cruise, Zambezi island prize giving snacks & craft beer/cider, Sunday dinner, Monday breakfast
  • (*For those riders living in Zambia this is otherwise known as the Self Accommodation option)  

Lilayi Lodge Tented accommodation 

  • ZAR19,400 per team
  • Entry Fee + 3 Nights tented accommodation at Lilayi Lodge (Thurs/Fri/Sat)
  • Does not include lower Zambezi accommodation for the Sunday night (book camping, tent or chalet options at checkout)
  • Including all meals (excludes bar beverages)
  • Includes Stage 3 boat cruise, Zambezi island prize giving snacks & craft beer/cider, Sunday dinner, Monday breakfast
  • Each rider has their own tent and comfortable mattress 
  • Riders to bring own sleeping bag and pillow

STAGE 3 (Sunday) Finish Lower Zambezi Accommodation Options

Everyone needs to select an option for Stage 3 Sunday Night Accommodation. Book Kiambi Lodge camping, tent or chalet option at check out; or Kanyemba Lodge directly.

Cycle Jersey Size Charts


  • Lower Zambezi accommodation (book Kiambi Lodge when registering online or book Kanyemba Lodge directly (http://www.kanyemba.com/)
  • USD50 Tourist Visa fees for Zambia (SADC passport holders free)
  • Alcoholic beverages or unsponsored soft drinks and bar menu items supplied from the bar (cash bar basis)
  • Cycling clothes, equipment and spares
  • Massage(s)
  • Transfers from/to the airport and lower Zambezi
  • Bicycle insurance for lost or damaged bikes
  • Personal Medical Insurance


  • 75% of entry fee is refunded if cancellation is done in March and earlier
  • 50% of entry fee is refunded if cancellation is done in April
  • 0% of entry fee is refunded if cancellation is done in May (if at this late stage, you or your partner, or both, is unable to participate, please arrange a substitution)
  • Under no circumstances will an entry be rolled over



14.00 – 18.00 Registration at Lilayi Lodge
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner & Race Briefing

Due to Covid restrictions, only riders will be allowed access to Kiambi Lodge, the Island sandbank prize giving function & dinner.

Please register by 31st March to guarantee your requested cycle jersey or T shirt size choice. 


Lilayi Lodge Lusaka & Kiambi and Kanyemba Lodges, Lower Zambezi, Zambia


2022 ROUTE

Please note that the maps and altitude profiles below are from previous events and will only give you a rough idea of each stage. Every year the race organisers will make changes to various sections of the routes.  However, the distances and vertical ascent for each stage will be more or less the same each year and stage 3 will never get any shorter.  The current and exact GPX files will only be released to registered participants 3 days prior to the event.



06.00 Breakfast
07.15 Start Stage 1 – ‘Double Espresso’
From 10.30 Expected stage winners arrival at Lilayi Lodge
12.00 – 15.00 Lunch
15.00 – 18.00 Massages
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner, Stage 1 winner announcement & Stage 1 highlights video screening

Approx. 70km of mostly single track with steep and technical climbs such as The Wake up Call and Funzwe Hill; exhilarating downhills like The Speical and beautiful panoramic views while traversing Glancealot. 2022 will have more revisions of the route and we can't promise they will make it easier....Enter the unknown…



06.00 Breakfast
07.15 Start Stage 2 – ‘The Nankanga Tour’
From 10.15 Expected stage winners arrival at Lilayi Lodge
12.00 – 15.00 Lunch
15.00 – 18.00 Massages
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner, Stage 2 winner announcements & Stage 2 highlights video screening

Approx. 70km made up of some fast flowing single and jeep track all the way down to the periphery of the landmark Nankanga Hill;  Knuckle Sandwich and Home Bake Hill will remind you that you never trained hard enough and Endless Summer will remind you why you always want to keep coming back for more…



05.00 Breakfast
06.15 Start stage 3 – ‘Moments of Truth’
From 11.00 Expected stage winners arrival at Kiambi Lodge, Lower Zambezi
12.00 – 15.00 Lunch
15.30 – 16.30 Departure from Kiambi Lodge to Kanyemba Island for prize giving
17.00 Prize giving with snacks/drinks/craft beer on the sandbank
18.00 Return to mainland
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner upon arrival, Stage 3 highlights video screening, enter the “Zambezi Fines Master” 

Approx. 105km journey which flies down the gullet of Lonely Planet and Straight Forward into the scenic water point 2 in the Middle of Nowhere, survive many Moments of Truth, and look out for cool air from the Kafue River as you push onward to the finish line on the banks of the Lower Zambezi.  You’ve just experienced something unique…

More information: 1zambiamtb.com/

Team information
This event supports team entries for certain classes. Team sizes range from 2 - 3 participants per team.
FQM 1Zambia MTB 2022

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Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event

Class Distance Start Time 2 person team (pp)
FQM 1Zambia MTB (Accommodation options are available in the merchandise section per person) 250 km Stage 1+/-70km; Stage 2; +/-70km; Stage 3 +/-105km 07:30 R 7,200.00

Event location
Lilayi Lodge, Lusaka

Route information
Coordinates -15.5411455, 28.3381193
Address Lilayi
City Lusaka
Province Lusaka

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