• Bumper entry for FIM Africa continental Cross Country team event

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Oct 10, 2011-

Over 68 participants in quads and bikes will compete at this weekend’s FIM Africa Continental Cross Country Team championship at the Soysambu Ranch in Naivasha on Friday and Saturday.

According to the organizers, East Africa Motor Sports Club, the participants will compete for 5 hours through the 48kilometer circuit. Kenya has entered 40 riders while South Africa has 8, Uganda 6, Tanzania 9 and Zambia 5.

The Chairman of the Kenya Motor Sports Foundation, Dave Macharia, said the event is pitted to be one of the most challenging for the riders- given that it will not only be testing their speed but also their endurance.

Chairman of the organizing committee Anthony Nielsen said the course has been designed to offer riders a fast and technical ride through the bushes and the very rocky stretches.

“The 48km circuit starts off along two main rivers that feed Elementaita. The circuit is very technical and could be tricky should heavens open. We then head under the main Nakuru/Nairobi highway to the side of the farm and do a 12 km section before heading back to the main farm,” said Nielsen. 

"The quads will do roughly 85 percent of the route and only be separated on two sections, as it is impossible for a quad by to pass that section. A 4km spectator stage has been designated along the start and finish areas whereby riders will tackle 5 times in and out of the river, technical steep hills and a few jumps to boot,” continued Nielsen.

The spectator stage is situated only 600 meters from the spectator camping area. meanwhile, leading financial services provider Barclays Bank of Kenya (Barclays Kenya) has announced a Ksh. 600,000 sponsorship for the FIM Africa Continental Cross Country Team Championship scheduled for Friday and saturday .

“We recognize that globally, sports is a unifying factor among peoples of difference colors, races and creeds. That is why as a Bank we have been involved in sporting activities in golf, polo and now this prestigious continental event”,said Emily Chumo,Barclays Kenya’s Head of Premier Banking.



 Samson Ateka

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