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Barrel plans ultimate Super D

Downhiller Fabien Barrel is the man behind what may be the ultimate Super D coming to Africa from February 2-9. The Frenchman and ten and nine others are the "pilots" racing the Urge Kenya as a benefit.

They will take three days to climb up to the start, at 4,985m just under Lenana Peak on Mount Kenya, while the trip back down is expected to take three hours. It will finish off at an elevation of 2,000m.

On the way up, riders will meet locals and learn words of the Swali language. Those who learn the most will get the best starting positions.

"Our goal is to set up the most spectacular super D event to support a human cause," said Barrel. "All benefits will go to support a help care association in the country." The event's target is 10,000 euros to go toward ACORD International, a non-governmental organization working for social justice and development in Africa.

The men joining Barrel include Mark Weir, Wade Simmons, Darren Berrecloth, Nicolas Vouilloz, Rene Wildhaber, Remy Absalon, Alexandre Balaud, Yvaral Villier, Sam Peridy.

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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.