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Mountain Bike Ayiti, an ambitious pro-am mountain biking stage race, returns to Haiti in January 2014. The successful inaugural event held earlier this year attracted national and international cycling icons including Hans Rey, Marla Streb, and Sonya Looney, who finished as race champion. Held in partnership with Haiti’s Minister of Tourism and the Minister of Sport, Youth, and Civic Action, the 2014 race weaves bike-related “ecosystem building” activities, cultural immersion experiences and three days of challenging riding into a unique six day event.

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“One of our goals is to attract world class events to Haiti to showcase the natural beauty that few have imagined possible. The Haiti Mountain Bike Stage Race is a perfect opportunity to take adventurous athletes through terrain ranging from sandy beaches and lush forests to mountain ridgelines,” said Stephanie Villedrouin, Minister of Tourism for Haiti.

“Ayiti” translates to “land of mountains”, underscoring Haiti as an unexpectedly ideal locale for mountain biking. Building on that, MTB Ayiti is already one of the most impactful catalysts for Haiti’s adventure tourism industry and demonstrates the potential for companies to deliver measurable positive economic impact. Incubated by Travelcology, the founders are already bringing local partners into the core team and MTB Ayiti will grown into a Haitian owned and operated business.

“People often forget that Haiti is a Caribbean island. There is tremendous opportunity to build Haiti’s tourism industry and a key objective is to shift the world’s perspective on what Haiti has to offer,” said Philip Kiracofe, the founder of MTB Ayiti.

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Held from January 28th to February 2nd, 2014, participants will race and explore two distinctive regions of the country – the majestic mountains towering above Port au Prince and the coastal Cotes des Arcadins. Ranch le Montcel will serve as the first host venue, and riders will ascend thousands of feet through rural villages, forests, and mountain switchbacks with awe-inspiring views. The race then moves to Arcahaie, a coastal community surrounded by mountains. Racers will climb 5000 vertical feet to the UNESCO protected Fort Delpeche before descending down to a final sprint to the finish at Moulin Sur Mer resort. On the final day, there will be a festival held at the resort, including an awards ceremony, live music, food, kids races, corporate challenges, and cycling safety clinics.

The event will be filmed by an experienced team of industry professionals, with race highlights and results airing on local Haitian networks and covered by international cycling and adventure travel media. Rider Registration Fee is $1900, which includes all lodging, meals, transportation, medical and course support, nightly entertainment, cultural immersion activities, and more.

To learn more about MTB Ayiti, visit: http://mtbayiti.org/

MTB Ayiti International Stage Race from Travelcology on Vimeo.

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