Team Amani’s cyclists Geoffrey Lang’at (L), Kenneth Karaya (C) and Jordan Schleck (R) pose in between races at the inaugural Hell’s Gate Biking Festival. PHOTO/David Ndolo Team Amani Cycling, made up of Jordan Schleck and Kenneth Karaya, emerged triumphant in the inaugural Hell’s Gate Biking Festival held at Hell’s Gate National Park in Naivasha at the weekend.
Schleck secured first place in two events: the Elite Men’s Overall Buffalo race, clocking in at 1:40:13, and the Short Track with a time of 00:13:06. Meanwhile, Karaya clinched victory in the Cross Country race, completing it in 00:41:57.
According to a team representative, Team Amani, which draws cyclists from Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda, aims to “change the narrative around bicycle racing” and cement the place of cycling as a professional sport in the region.
The festival’s first edition was a resounding success, attracting numerous biking enthusiasts who gathered at Hell’s Gate National Park on August 19th and 20th for an exhilarating weekend. The event featured a range of biking activities, including cross-country, short track, and buffalo category races, as well as leisurely biking tours through the stunning landscapes of the park.
The festival was organized by Whistle Africa Events and Tours, in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service and White Cap Crisp, a light beer brand. The primary objectives were to promote biking as a sport and boost eco-tourism in the region.
Jeremiah Njanja, the event’s organizer, expressed delight with the turnout and the enthusiasm generated by the inaugural biking festival. He highlighted Hell’s Gate National […]