Illovo Eston MTB Challenge Media Release

No: eston1904

23 July 2019

Embargo: None

      Written By: Nick Tatham

Tala continues to offer a unique MTB experience

Eston – As the ever-popular Illovo Eston MTB Challenge and Tala Fun Ride approaches the staff at the Tala Collection Private Game Reserve are preparing their trails for the big influx of social riders taking on the STIHL Tala Fun Ride on Sunday 4 August.

Over the years the Tala Family Ride has established itself as the signature race of the day and it appeals to young and old with the race being 18km long makes it accessible for riders of all abilities and it includes the added bonus of a game viewing experience.

“Riding through Tala you are almost guaranteed to see giraffe, wildebeest, warthog, impala and eland,” Head of Department for Schools and Activities at Tala Andrew Ingles said.

“Our rhino though will be in a different part of the reserve but it will be an exciting 15km ride through the reserve.”

The Tala Game Reserve has opened its mountain biking tracks to anyone that wants to come and ride them. Ingles hopes that through the Eston MTB Challenge and the trail runs there will be an influx of riders and runners on to the trails in the future.

“It is hugely important that we get as many runners and riders onto the trails as possible and we feel that with such a unique offering the trails don’t get used nearly enough.

“There is so much to do at Tala and we want people to come through and get the whole experience. Bring your bikes or your running shoes and use that as part of your experience.

“They can ride our tracks, relax and swim at our Rock Pools picnic area, braai with their families, take a self-drive around the park, or have lunch at one of our two restaurants,” he added enthusiastically.

With the runners tackling the tracks in the early morning and the riders taking them on later in the day, there is a lot that Ingles wants them to look forward to.

“We have four very unique single tracks, Puffadder Pass is winding and slightly downhill, Acacia Climb is slow up and extremely fast down, with a few serious bridges to experience.

“Our drainage line track takes you through a dry river bed which is fast and winding, and then Stump Alley is a technical tunnel!”

The event has set aside 900 pairs of race branded socks for the first 900 people to enter either the 18km Family Ride, the 18km Trail Run or the 9km Trail Run.

Normal entries close on 28 July.

More information can be found at


Sunday, 4 August 2019
Venue: Eston Farmers Club, KZN
Start Times, Distances & Entry Fees:
06h30 - 18km Trail Run (Pre-entry - R140, Late entry - R160)
06h45 - 9km Trail Run (Pre-entry - R100, Late entry - R120)
08h30 - 60km Illovo Eston Marathon (Pre-entry - R220, Late entry - R250)
09h00 - 40km aQuellé Eston Half Marathon (Pre-entry - R180, Late entry - R210)
09h30 - 18km STIHL Tala Family Ride (Pre-entry - R140, Late entry - R160)
10h00 - 10km Omnia Kids Ride (Pre-entry - R70, Late entry - R80)


Enter via ROAG ( Pre-entries are open and will be accepted until 28 July 2019.

Late entries will be accepted online from 29 July to 1 August until 24h00 or at the venue on the day.

Each race is limited to 800 riders so make sure that you get that entry in ASAP!

At Eston Farmers' Club on Sunday, 4 August from 05h30-09h30.

Race garments will be available to the first 1000 people that pre-enter. Please note that late entries will not receive a race garment.


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The STIHL Tala Family Ride will once again be a major draw card for riders at the Illovo Eston MTB Challenge on Sunday, 4 August. Anthony Grote/
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After an early morning start, trail runners doing the 18km run or 9km run will have the opportunity to share the trails in the Tala Collection Private Game Reserve with the local wildlife at the Illovo Eston MTB Challenge on Sunday, 4 August. Anthony Grote/
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