The MTB Ayiti Stage Race combines a once-in-a-lifetime cultural immersion experience with the opportunity to build the foundation for a sustainable adventure tourism industry while racing an insanely challenging course thru some of the most rugged and awe-inspiring terrain in the Western Hemisphere. Ciné Institute graduates filmed the mountain bike race that spanned the mountains between Port-au-Prince and Jacmel. Both American and Haitian races took part in the event from January 29th to the February 3rd. This event was split into two parts, the first two days consisted of ecosystem building and the other part belonged to the bikers who raced from the National Palace to Cayes, Jacmel.
Mountain Bike (MTB) Ayiti has an ultimate goal of developing mountain biking in Haiti through local, microenterprise Haitian businesses. The MTB Ayiti International Mountain Bike Stage Race is a cornerstone event – it’s more than just a race. This race will develop a mountain bike ecosystem in Haiti and provide a transforming experience to participants.
MTB Ayiti is part of a series of Haiti Adventure Races, which will include an ultra-marathon, triathlon, and other sporting events. These events will help establish Haiti as a world-class destination for adventure travelers interested in mountain biking, hiking, surfing, diving, and other trail and water-based adventure activities. Most importantly, these events will directly influence the local economy through travelers’ expenditures on food, lodging, equipment, goods and services.