LIVINGSTONE MOTORBIKE FESTIVAL 2018

The Livingstone Motorbike Festival 2018 was a great success. It was one of the largest gatherings of off road motorcycles that Zambia has seen in a long time with riders coming from Zimbabwe and South Africa to compete. All those that attended commented on what a great weekend it was.
We succeeded in raising the funds necessary to fund the sports equipment that we planned to puchase for 4 of the more vulnerable schools along our route. The equipment has already been ordered and will be distributed as soon as it arrives.

The track safety marshals who were recruited from the various communities have been remunerated. Thanks in part to these volunteers, there were no injusries to riders or spectators.

We would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to you for your help in making the 2018 Bike Festival possible. It is our hope that the event will continue on an annual basis and will inspire other sporting groups to take up the challenge to put Livingstone on the map as worthy hosts.


THE EVENT

CALLING ALL BIKERS!

The Livingstone Motorbike Festival 2018 is a unique motorcycling event set around the Zambezi with a program for both off-road and on-road crews. Festival-goers will enjoy great food, music and mass ride-outs in one of the world’s most unique settings. Be a part of a community of like-minded bikers for an unforgettable weekend - all ages/skills welcome.
SPORTS BIKES & CRUISERS - the adventure is in the journey AND the destination this Easter at The Smoke that Thunders!

Participants can also take advantage of a FREE one-way return freight from Sterling Freight from Livingstone to Johannesburg, an exclusive offer for this event.

SPECTATOR MAP

Date

Easter Weekend, 30 March to 2 April 2018.

Host Venue

Host Venue The Victoria Falls Waterfront, Riverside Drive off Sichango Road, Livingstone

Registration

Event page on facebook and Registration available here.

Fun & Foods

Festival-goers will enjoy great food, music and mass ride-outs in one of the worlds most unique settings.


Saturday Off Road

Saturday Off Road.

ROUTE INFORMATION

  • Liaison to Start Line - 23kms and to complete Loop 1 is a total of 91kms.
  • Loop 2 (from quarry) for Championship approx. 30km.
  • Liaison to Start Line - 23kms and to complete Loop 1 is a total of 91kms.
  • Loop 2 (from quarry) for Novice approx. 20km.
  • Liaison to Start Line - 23kms and to complete Loop 1 is a total of 91kms

  • Liaison to Start Line - 23kms and to complete Loop 1 is a total of 91kms.
  • For Adventure bikes the same route but includes about 6km of tar just before quarry 90km from start line – estimate 3 hours.

  • Start to Refuel 1 – 40kms
  • Refuel 1 (Makunka) to Quarry pits - 51km
  • (Detailed Map to be provided on Registration Day)

  • 1. Makunka Road - on sandy road approx. 10km from main road (must be there before 08h45).
  • 2. Fuel service point and entertainment quarry on Lusaka road. 2km from Main Road on left, 4km from Livingstone.
  • A true Off-Road track. Riders will start with a liaison from Waterfront to race start (23km) Race start to refuel 1 (40km) is a fast sand road with sections of bumps and the odd surprise puddles between some of the natural big bumps in the sand road. Riders will briefly stop at Makunka for an unassisted fuel top up then continue on a much smaller road that turns into single track winding through villages and farms reaching Dambwa Forest reserve the track is mainly narrow single track through the forest.

    Riders will reach the Quarry entertainment area where they will complete a loop and some obstacles* (championship) and those riders will then refuel and head out on the next loop. Novice/clubman that arrive after 2 hours end at the quarry. Novice/clubman will race for 2 hours min. Championship will race for 3 hours min.

    The first leg of 91km will be relatively easy riding with a few technical sections late in the loop. Loop 2 for Championship has a multiple technical hill section aprrox. half way through the loop Loop 2 for novice/clubman has sections of harder riding for those that have made Loop 1 in good time. Small Junior class will take place at the quarry at approx 1330 when other racers have arrived in.

    The Quarry area is set up so spectators can get food/drinks/shelter and a good view of some action, the championship class has several tough sections to complete here in front of the crowd. As we are riding out from The Victoria Falls Waterfront racers will need to have trucks driven out to quarry for finish line. (We are offering transport back from quarry Saturday morning before race so people can drop trucks off prior to race/ride.) J2 Riders will have transport to the start line then back to the quarry in one of the Safari vehicles please ensure they have an adult or guardian with them. We have limited transport available to bring bikes back from quarry after race events (please book this at race control on Friday at Waterfront)

    150

    Entries Allowed

    2

    Pit stops

    17

    Sponsors

    3

    Countries

    EVENT SCHEDULE

    3 Days of excitement!

    Friday 30th March, 2018

    10:00

    Registration will be open at The Victoria Falls Waterfront

    ....

    12:00

    Tech inspection opens for racers, fuel for P1 and Quarry to be put out by racers

    15:30

    Bridge that Thunders

    Mass ride-out to Victoria Falls Bridge via Livingstone loop.

    19:00

    Welcome & Race Briefing

    19:30pm

    Entertainment by Evicted

    Saturday 31st March, 2018

    07:00

    OFF-ROAD : Day of Dirt

    Venue: Quarry Site

    Participants - please move vehicles early if you have no support crew - Racers trucks pit kit/fuel/small junior’s J2 bikes to go to secure quarry site on Lusaka road. We will arrange a 07h30 pick-up from this location in order for participants to get back in time for start.

    8:30

    Liaison section to start line.

    Racers will be accompanied by road/adventure bikes (23km)

    9:15

    First bikes depart

    10:00

    Those not following or participating in enduro, meet at Post Office.

    10:30-10:45

    First championship bikes expected through quarry entertainment area.

    Refuel and continue on Championship Loop 2.

    11:10-11:45

    First novice/clubman/J1 expected at quarry entertainment area.

    Riders under 2hrs will then refuel and start Novice Loop 2.

    12:00-12:30

    Anticipated time for Championship Loop completion.

    13:30

    Junior-class race starts at quarry (approx. 1h30) J2

    14:00

    Fun Competitions

  • BIKE DISPLAY
  • SLOWEST RIDE OVER 20 METERS
  • BITE THAT SAUSAGE (PILLION RIDER) IN THE QUICKEST TIME
  • DOWN - DOWN COMP FOR MALE AND FEMALE
  • ARM WRESTLING COMP FOR MALE AND FEMALE
  • TYRE THROW COMP FOR MALE AND FEMALE
  • TUGG OF WAR FOR CLUBS (MIXED)
  • THROW THAT BALLOON
  • 15:00

    Return to The Victoria Falls Waterfront

    NOTES

  • Transport truck for J1 will leave from the Victoria Falls Waterfront to follow convoy out at 08:10.
  • Bikes must be loaded Friday evening and name-list at race control. Junior racers and parent / guardian get first option.
  • After the race start the same truck will take juniors to quarry pit stop area arriving around 10h00.
  • Spectators driving to watch bikes through first serious bumps on Makunka road must have passed start line to get to area before 08h45 and can only leave area once sweeper has gone past (est. 09:30)
  • 10km on sandy road to spectator spot.
  • Liaison to first fuel stop is around 65km

  • Sunday 1st April, 2018

    ..

    EXTREME ENDURO BIKES

    Venue: Dam site area

    Overview: Expert (Red Loop); Novice (Green Loop)

    07:00

    EXPERT START

    7:00am

    NOVICE START

    NOTES**

  • Batoka Dam Site - drive out in own vehicles - 40km per way.
  • Transport available for participants who require, please advise.
  • No refuelling or pits for extreme endure.
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    ADVENTURE BIKES

    07:00

    Depart from The Victoria Falls Waterfront, ride to View Point at ‘the boom’ for breakfast.

    The distance from The Victoria Falls Waterfront to this point is 31.5km – approx. 33 min.

    For those who would like to watch the crossing of the enduro riders at the bridge, it is a further 5.2km and the dam site an additional 3.4km.

    10:00

    Depart breakfast site for Taita Falcon Lodge – approx. 33.2km.

    13:00

    Depart Taita Falcon Lodge for The Victoria Falls Waterfront via Rapid No 7.

    The total route distance is 110km.

    15:00

    ALL BACK AT WATERFRONT

    16:00

    PRIZE GIVING

    PRIZES TO BE HANDED OUT ON SUNDAY 1st APRIL

  • OFFROAD Saturday awards
  • EXTREME Sunday awards
  • FURTHEST RIDE
  • BIGGEST CLUB THAT RODE TOGETHER AS A CLUB
  • BEST BIKE ON SHOW
  • SLOWEST RIDE OVER 20 METERS
  • ARM WRESTLING CHAMPION MALE
  • ARM WRESTLING CHAMPION FEMALE
  • TYRE THROW CHAMPION MALE
  • TYRE THROW CHAMPION FEMALE
  • BITE THAT SAUSAGE CHAMP
  • DOWN – DOWN CHAMPION MALE
  • DOWN – DOWN CHAMPION FEMALE
  • THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2018 SPONSORS

    We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to ALL OUR SPONSORS who participated in helping to make our inaugural event a massive success!

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    ACCREDITED SPONSORS

    ENTRY FEES

    ROAD/ADVENTURE BIKERS

    FREE ENTRY

    • K150 Entertainment Fee at Waterfront

    NON-RIDERS WEEKEND PASS

    $25(1 person)

    • Entry to all spectator areas
    • Entry to all entertainment areas

    More Information

    Location

    PLEASE NOTE: The motorbike festival takes place at the Waterfront, and races in an around Livingstone. See the map for exact information.

    Transport

    By air or by road, there are many ways to get to the location. Please have a look at the map for exact location.

    Accommodation

    Participants can take advantage of FREE CAMPING at The Waterfront, Livingstone, Zambia over the weekend. Contact The Waterfront for all accommodation options and reservations. For a full list of accommodation in Livingstone, please visit the LTA website

    Visas

    Visas are required for most passports. Most visas can be purchased at the airport or border in United States Dollars cash – please confirm with your embassy whether it is advisable for you to apply for a visa before departure – you can also consult or why not check out the new UNIVISA, the KAZA visa allowing tourists to buy one visa and travel freely between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Please note that information posted can change without notice.

    Currencies

    The local currency is Zambian Kwacha. There are numerous banks, ATMS and bureau de change located in the Livingstone town centre where you can get some kwacha. USD and Cards are accepted at the hostel but you will need Kwacha for taxis and shops. Travelers' cheques are not accepted anymore. For up to date exchange rates visit xe.com

    Malaria

    Livingstone is in a Malaria area. However the amount of cases has dramatically decreased in the last few years. The hospitals here are able to treat you should you need it. The best precaution obviously is not to be bitten – wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts in the early morning and evening and wear insect repellent. Please consult your health care professional regarding prophylactics for malaria in advance of travel.