Hakizimana and Kiprop shine at Iten’s Safari Gravel Series

Rwandese international Seth Hakizimana and Rift valley’s Mark Kiprop were the winners of the second edition of the 2024 Safari Gravel Series held yesterday at the Iten People’s Park in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

with a crowded field of 86 elite and recreational cyclists from across East Africa, the riders navigated through Iten’s scenic landscapes, participants demonstrated their enthusiasm for gravel racing, showcasing their endurance and skill on the challenging terrain.

Hakizimana from Team Amani claimed victory in the challenging 120km in 5 hours, 15 minutes, and 5 seconds followed by Brian Kipkemboi and Geoffrey Langat from Black Mambas secured the second and third positions respectively, with impressive performances clocking at 5:18:43 and 5:23:31.

in the 60km, Kiprop from Team Rift Valley Rippers demonstrated remarkable talent and tenacity, clinching the top spot with a time of 3 hours, 13 minutes, and 56 seconds. Frankline Kibet and Moses Simiyu, also from Team Rift Valley Rippers, secured second and third positions, crossing the finish line at 3:20:27 and 3:24:38 respectively.

The 20-kilometer race witnessed fierce competition, with Lance Kangangi of Kenyan Riders team emerging victorious among junior participants, clocking a commendable time of 1 hour, 40 minutes, and 14 seconds. Rooney Kipkurui and Michael Etale showcased outstanding performances securing second and third positions with times of 1:45:37 and 2:04:43 respectively.

Winners in the Elite categories were awarded a cash prize of KES. 30,000, while the victorious teams received KES. 250,000 in prize money.

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