About the race


A race like no other

K2N is a 4-day mountain bike race held in the scenic and seldom traveled backcountry of northern Tanzania.  Cyclists race 4 stages through stunning landscapes and extraordinary wildlife areas, from the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to the shores of Lake Natron.

The 2020 course is approximately 255 kilometers (160 mi) long and features over 4100 meters (13500 ft) of vertical ascent.  It offers varied terrain, spectacular scenery and wildlife viewing, and the opportunity for racers to experience an incredible new culture.

K2N is Tanzania in its purest form; undiluted; unaltered; fully and resolutely in your face. Our trails are not groomed, but natural. We have thorns in sizes small, medium, and large. There will be hike-a-bike sections, potentially more than you are accustomed to (maybe bring LAST year’s trail shoes). To ride K2N is to experience northern Tanzania as it is, not as some cyclists wish it were.

Simba Farm Lodge
Campfire Briefing

food and accommodation

K2N is an all-inclusive experience for 7 days and 6 nights.  We provide all food and drink (3 meals per day + race feed zones), accommodation, race transport, logistics, park fees, and emergency evacuation insurance.  Racers are responsible only for Tanzanian visas and flights in and out of Kilimanjaro Airport.

Accommodation is in four race villages complete with tents (and mattresses), toilets, and simple shower facilities: the first three nights are at Simba Farm and the next three in bush camps. Electricity is limited, but charging stations are provided. K2N also provides internet access to racers where possible.

Food in race villages is fresh, delicious, and plenty.  Coffee is hot and beer cold.  Our chefs have years of experience cooking in the backcountry and do not disappoint.  Vegetarian dishes are available, and we do our best to provide for those with dietary restrictions.


 Who can ride?

  • Both professional and amateur mountain bikers, no qualification required. While K2N is a race, and we do record times for finishers, the course has been designed to be enjoyable for both elites and adventurers. The front end will be fast, but many riders come primarily for the challenge, the scenery, and the wildlife — and we encourage these cyclists to turn up (it may just be that they have the most fun).

  • Must be at least 16 years old. 

  • Participants are responsible for ensuring they arrive at K2N with the necessary fitness level to participate.

  • Full medical checkup by a doctor is recommended prior to K2N. Each rider must also provide proof of insurance and sign a personal indemnity form before participating.

Mountain Bike Adventure