Video: Rob Warner & Matt Jones Tackle Mount Kenya

Nov 13, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
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Rob and Matt Jones are on a mission to ride Mt Kenya, the highest peak in the east African nation. Along the way, they meet with local cycling club ‘Safari Simbaz’ to get the lowdown on the local cycling scene. After surviving the Simbaz strength test, they head north through an animal reserve with London lad Rob stepping out of his comfort zone to spend 24 hours with an anti-poaching team tracking endangered black rhinos. After surviving the night on the African plains, the duo make their way to the peak, only to enjoy a surreal freeride back down.

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44 Comments

  • 12 0
 Don’t talk too loud, WHAT THEY'LL CHARGE US?!! LOOK AT THE GIRAFFE!!!
  • 5 2
 Yeah, it is amazing how stupid visitors to Africa can be. Keep still when a Rhino sees you is sound advice. Do not move. And then he turns around to speak. Seriously....listen to the locals of any country and listen carefully. No pills for stupidity and ignorance. These guys know their sh_t and by moving when they tell you not to is not only putting your life at risk but theirs and the rhino's as well.

I was fortunate to ride a 3 day adventure for me but race for the pros'( The Swazi Frontier)) with David and his team mate Davidson. Those are 2 of the nicest people you could ever meet and really great competitors, ambassadors and all round sincere guys. We shared bungalows, sat and chatted to them and shared dinner with these people. If you have chance to ride in Kenya or Southern Africa, you will certainly enjoy it.

Funny thing about lighting fires in the African bush is that the rhino is natures fireman and will rush to stomp out a fire. I wonder what the guides take on lighting it at night (security and warmth) with rhinos' around was. Do rhinos not stomp out fires at night?
  • 1 1
 @MMOF: From my experience in Kenya, they do not. However, that being said. When we set up camp we made sure to be well away from the rhinos we saw. My best friend from Uni is native Kenyan and he and I went on a self led safari in Lake Nakuru National Park. I want to go back and ride, especially after seeing this and the documentary from MacAskill and his journey up/down Mt. Kili.
  • 4 0
 The entitled white male attitude is an odd juxtaposition to the world they are exploring. I understand they acknowledge the world they are in is different than their own, but they don’t seem to fully listen and absorb the advice being given.

It is also really jarring to go from watching a struggling community of people who are sacrificing livestock for rain and jump right into a couple of guys hopping in a helicopter to ride bikes.

Sorry to be so negative. I do appreciate the intent and the opportunity to learn more about a culture I know very little about. It just seemed a bit weird. A plug to donate to the bikers mentioned or to get fresh water to those in need may have been a nice touch to support the video.
  • 2 0
 @arwilso4: I agree with you for the most part. However, just like with anything, there are two ends of the spectrum and then there is the area in between. When I was in Kenya, and my buddies told me, 'Do not follow that path in the reeds to the waters edge." Why? Because a hippo created it. And they are more likely to kill you than any other wildlife there. Negativity aside, yeah. It is unfortunate how the privileged white male travels, and has a tendency to ignore what the locals have to say. When I travel, I want to know how to become more of a local. Learn some of the dialects, spend time with the locals, etc...
  • 7 3
 Two of my favorite riders to watch. They've got such good attitudes. This is going to be a sweet series.
  • 1 1
 That was Amazing, would really like to go there!
Funny seeing them riding there without any water bottles or even a rucksack, shows how supported the trip was?
Well at least Rob got on better than Danny Mac, he got air lifted off!
  • 3 0
 Beautiful Kenya my home. So much more riding there! Kijabe, Iten and Elgon!
  • 3 1
 No anywhere in Africa that would work as a Rampage sight?
  • 1 0
 @adavis20 ; Dude, please help a brotha out! I spent 4 months in Kenya before I started riding MTB. Now that is all I can think about doing next time I go back to visit my friends/family
  • 2 0
 @aljoburr: there are a lot of places! We need more publicity out there!
  • 1 0
 @RBalicious: let’s talk on Instagram. I’m @adam.a.boss
  • 4 0
 Who the hell goes swimming with their socks on?!?
  • 3 0
 Maybe they are them verruca socks ha ha
  • 3 0
 Watch " The Gods Must Be Crazy " movie about the rhinos fire skills!!
  • 3 2
 Great! Perfect material to get your mtb fix during the winter when there is no racing.
  • 3 1
 “Oh my god...it’s just muscle and horn”
  • 2 1
 Yeah this is cool !! for sure I won't be going there but I can Leave thru they experience , Awesome !
  • 1 0
 How tall is Rob compared to Massaï people (considered as tallest peoples in Africa) !
  • 2 0
 rob is like 6 ft 5 i think..
  • 2 0
 Just binge watched this whole series to date on redbull.tv, just epic!
  • 2 2
 Thant was great! Inspiring to watch and motivated to plan some adventures of my own!
  • 1 0
 People just do nothing-with bikes instead of radio!
  • 1 0
 something tells me this video was not made for mountain bikers
  • 3 3
 Pls plsss make this a series!
  • 3 1
 @amirazemi it is a series, in-fact it is season 2 of Robs Warner's Wild Rides, you can watch all 6 on www.Redbulltv.com
  • 2 1
 @Gavalar66: holy shit, i did not know that! Thank you sir
  • 2 2
 This video rules, can't wait for what's next
  • 1 1
 'brows and 'tache shred 'frica!
  • 1 1
 robs bars seem really narrow for his height
  • 2 2
 That was excellent.
  • 1 1
 "Kiss the Guinea Pig"
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